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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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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