I was tboned in January in my 2012 Mercedes c250 and the car was a total loss. After getting the money back for the insurance the amount I received was exactly the same price as the Scion IM. In the past I have always owned Mercedes and I used to restore classic Volkswagens. Never did I ever think that I would own a Scion but right after the accident I had to find a car quick. I was at the Toyota dealer checking out Tacomas when the sales rep recommended that I check out the Scion IM. I'm very familiar with the past Scion lineup but after the first time I saw this car I was immediately intrigued. I took it for a test drive and fell in love. I've been driving this car around for the last 3 months and although my last car was turbocharged with higher horsepower I have more fun driving this car. Yes, I understand that I can drive in the economic mode but driving this car in sport mode or switching it over to manual shifting is a blast. I love how the transmission shifts and i can downshift in traffic. If im starting from a dead stop and gunning it down the road in manual mofe the tranny still shifts itself at redline. Other big pluses are the gas mileage, the stock touch screen display, nice backup camera and the utility of owning a hatchback. Thank you for having this forum and I'm hoping in the future I can contribute more to it. I have done a lot of fabrication, custom cars, and motor building in the past so hopefully I can use these skills to modify my new toy.