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AUTO RECON: An Insider's Guide to New Cars & Trucks

  • 2016 Scion iM3:36

2016 Scion FR-S

Delivers more fun per dollar than any other sports car on the market.

2016 Scion iA

The Scion iA offers plenty of Zoom Zoom.

2016 Scion iM

Combination of performance, technology and efficiency.

2016 Scion iM

The iM sports many standard features that make it a great value, including 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed steering wheel with built-in audio controls, power-folding, heated mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators, a Pioneer 7-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth and voice recognition, and a rearview camera.

The four-door iM hatch has a refreshingly athletic stance that makes it pop on the streets, including a muscular front fascia with blacked-out headlights, a strip of piano black trim at the bottom of the hood and a model-specific grille with honeycomb inserts. Past the front end, the iM boasts side skirts, sharp LED tail lamps, LED running lights, a roof-mounted spoiler and a chrome-tipped exhaust to finish off the sporty look.

The 137 horsepower, 4-cylinder engine uses something called Valvematic continuously variable valve timing (lift and phasing), a technology that offers a broad torque curve. What does that mean for the driver? The iM feels responsive in most driving situations.

The cockpit is ergonomic and handsome with bolstered front sport seats that fit like a glove, contrast stitching on the dashboard, a well-designed instrument cluster, the aforementioned leather-trimmed steering wheel, and door panels with a long strip of piano black trim. There are cubbies and storage boxes galore and an almost-absurd number of cupholders: eight in total. That’s right, 8 cupholders in a small hatchback.

Trunk space checks in at a generous 20.8 cubic feet.

In summary, the 2016 Scion iM offers a nice combination of performance, technology and efficiency. It’s an amenity-packed, sharp-looking hatchback that takes dead aim at under-29 car buyers. Frankly, there’s no need for a higher trim level. The buying process is further simplified with simple, no-haggling pricing from Scion dealerships.

Vital stats:

  • Price as tested: $19,995
  • Engine: DOHC, 16-Valve, 4-Cylinder with Valvematic
  • Output: 137 HP and 126 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual or CVTi-S with 7-step shifting
  • MPG: 28 city/37 hwy/32 combined (CVTi-S model)
  • 27 city/36 hwy/31 (six-speed manual)
  • 0-60 MPH: 9.5 seconds