One thing I am a bit disappointed in is the necessity of downshifting in mountain driving. I was always able to zoom up grades in top gear (5th), down to 4th in a pinch, but seldom did that. The original xB had such excellent gearing, the small engine didn't matter.
But then iM videos of road testing I have seen do seem to have tighter curves, requiring slowing down to safely make them. Maybe that is the difference. Sure wish I was closer to Topanga Canyon and drive my xB on it for comparison.
Anyway, he is some useful information I read in a review today. Think I will skip the rougher riding TRD options. Sounds like a manual drive since he talks about specific gears.
There was one example with the TRD suspension kit. We got out early and there it was. Opportunity knocks, so answer. Lowered suspension, stiffer springs and shocks and stabilizer bars. Just the thing for for weekend fun in the autocross parking lot. Route back was even simpler than down, north on 1 to 280 to downtown San Francisco. With a time out for road construction just north of Santa Cruz and a driver swap further up the road. Again, interior design and appoint far above what is expected in the class and not a hint of cheap plastics. Toyota sure learned that lesson…
If you're a performance fanatic, you'll love the TRD suspension. If you live where "deferred maintenance" is the order of the day for the highway department, maybe not. The iM is noticeably quicker than the iA, no surprise, and has all the myriad advantages of a four-door hatchback. Since it's likely to be its owner's only car, perfect. I spent that part of my life with a hand-me-down VW Bug, two doors and no hatch. Kids these days don't know how good they have it (he says in a properly geezerly voice)… The iM is a fun car to drive, has a good amount of useful interior space for its small size, and we got around 26 mpg on the trip back, 4th and 5th gear mostly except for a bit of freeway. Results should be better, especially with a properly broken-in engine. The Bug? 20 city, 30 highway, and 0-60 in, um, what's the hurry? No nostalgia here, thank you very much. If its lower height, compared to the xB, means technically less interior space, when was the last time you filled the back of a hatchback or even SUV all the way to the top? The small hatch class has plenty of competition, but I expect the Scion iM to make a mark there."
2016 Scion iA and iM Preview by Carey Russ