2017 Scion iM – Release Date, Specs & Info

2017 Scion iM Review

Although the new 2017 Scion iM comes laden with many features, its shortcomings in comfort, performance, and convenience are too hard to overlook. Other compact hatchbacks are better choices. Its release date should be expected early 2017, at least for the United States market and later elsewhere.

2017 Scion iM exterior, side view, alloy wheels

The new Scion iM offers a composed and comfortable ride, abundant standard features, a free scheduled maintenance, and supportive front seats. Unlike the previous iM, a closer inspection of the new model furthers your appeal. It looks and feels sharp, comes with lots of interior accessories, and returns favorable fuel economy ratings.

2017 Scion iM rear view, blue color, taillights and tailpipe

Just as its styling suggests, it is now more exciting and engaging to drive than ever, although the performance oomph is noticeable absent. In fact, it is one of the slowest in the segment. We however recommend it for urban-dwelling singles or young couples in need of a daily commuter that can also handle an odd weekend road trip.

2017 Scion iM front view, white color, headlights and grille

The cabin comes with plenty of spaces to store smaller items and drinks although its overall cargo carrying ability is largely underwhelming. The seats are comfortable and supportive and are better than those of Corolla and other competitors. They are also noteworthy for their lateral and long-distance support. In overall, the iM delivers a comfortable ride without being overly soft or wallowy.

2017 Scion iM side angle, red color, alloy wheels

Another upside associated with owning the iM is its two years of free initial schedule maintenance. This is an unheard phenomena especially for economy class vehicles. You will also realize that the vehicle offers more accessories and standard features than most of its rivals. In the end, though, the iM suffers lots of setbacks such as a class-worst acceleration, a smaller-than-average cargo volume, a limited rear visibility, and a less engaging drivability relative to its rivals.

2017 Scion iM rear view, yellow color, taillights and tailpipe

As such, we think you might be better off opting for other entrants in the compact hatchback and sedan segment. One of our top picks in the segment is the 2017 Mazda 3. Following closely is the 2017 VW Golf. It is highly refined and is as good as hatchbacks can get. Other solid choices, although to lesser degrees, include the 2017 Kia Forte 5 and the 2017 Ford Focus. We highly recommend the above options, and you should only consider the iM if you’re darn sure that’s what you want.

Offered Trims – Scion iM

Similarly to most Scion models, the iM is a five-passenger hatchback available in only a single, well-appointed trim model.

Interior Colors & 2017 Scion iM Exterior Review

2017 Scion iM interior, steering wheel, gear shift knob, dasboard and lcd screen

Standard accessories and features available include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Aha streaming Internet radio, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, 17-inch alloy wheels, power-folding heated mirrors, LED running lights, a six-speaker sound system, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, full power accessories, and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Scion iM front angle, headlights and grille

Standalone options include performance upgrades from Toyota Racing Development (lowered springs, stiffer sway bars, and an air filter). Others include various sport body enhancements, an interior ambient lighting, and a navigation system.

2017 Scion iM interior, leather rear seats

2017 Scion iM Engine Specs

Under the hood of the 2017 Scion iM is a four-cylinder 1.8L engine rated at 137 horsepower and 126 lbs. ft. of torque. A standard six-cylinder manual or an optional Continuously Variable Transmission then forwards the power to the front wheels.

2017 Scion iM engine

Test drives conducted have all revealed it will take you 10 seconds to saunter from 0-60 mph. this alone is enough reason to dissuade many people from buying the iM. This acceleration makes it the slowest vehicle in the segment.

Fuel economy according to EPA stands at 27/36/31 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the manual, and 28/37/32 mpg with the CVT. The ratings are good, but other rivals post even thriftier figures.

Price & 2017 Scion iM Release Date

2017 Scion iM Release date

We should expected its release date sometime early 2017, if the rumors going round are from well-informed sources. As for its price, the same sources allege a base MSRP starting from $18,460.

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2017 Scion iM exterior, auto show, side view, alloy wheels and headligths

2017 Scion iM side view, red color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Scion iM exterior, rear angle, taillights, tailpipe and alloy wheels

2017 Scion iM side view, exterior, yellow color, alloy wheels and headlights

2017 Scion iM rear angle, auto show, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Scion iM trunk, cargo accessorise

2017 Scion iM interior, gear shift knob

2017 Scion iM interior, front leather seats, steering wheel