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I know that sales of the iM is steadily pretty low nationally here in the U.S, as most people here prefer SUVs, crossovers, trucks and sedans over hatchback-cars. Unlike Europe and many other places globally, hatchbacks here have traditionally been a niche market at best - and generally confined to budget ecoboxes in most cases. Interestingly enough, in my experience (here in Phoenix, AZ), Toyota hatchbacks (minus the Prius models) seem to be the least likely ones to been seen driving around in this area, compared to hatchbacks from other brands. I see far far far more hatchbacks from Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, Fiat, Honda, Nissan, etc. Very few of the Matrix, the Yaris or the iM. Even the Lexus CT200H is more common to see around here than those models. The various Prius models are also very common, however - despite their eyesore styling (it's obviously ALL about the MPG rating with those).

The Toyota Yaris is fairly uncommon, and literally like spotting bigfoot or a UFO to see a sporty 2012+ SE trim model driving around. I have seen only 3-4 other 2015-2017 Yaris SE on the road since they made their debut 3 years ago (I absolutely love mine BTW), and only a few more than that of the 2012-2014 SE version. The few 2012+ (3rd Gen) Yaris that I do see are usually the stripped-down budget-minded L/LE trims, and probably rentals, since that makes up the overwhelming bulk of the dismal Yaris sales in the U.S. market (despite selling well in other countries). The 2007-2011 hatch and sedan Yaris are probably the most common of the uncommon Yaris here in Phoenix.

The iM around here is almost equally rare on the roads as a Yaris SE. During all my daily commute and errand-running driving since 2016, I have seen about a half-dozen on the road. It's a better car than the Corolla in every respect, yet I seem tons of the latest Corolla EVERY DAY.

On the plus side, it's always nice to drive an uncommon car that isn't literally sitting at every stop light and parking lot in multiples when you pull up - like the Civic, Corolla, Camry, RAV4, Accord, Elantra, etc. etc. etc.
 

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I know that sales of the iM is steadily pretty low nationally here in the U.S, as most people here prefer SUVs, crossovers, trucks and sedans over hatchback-cars. Unlike Europe and many other places globally, hatchbacks here have traditionally been a niche market at best - and generally confined to budget ecoboxes in most cases. Interestingly enough, in my experience (here in Phoenix, AZ), Toyota hatchbacks (minus the Prius models) seem to be the least likely ones to been seen driving around in this area, compared to hatchbacks from other brands. I see far far far more hatchbacks from Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, Fiat, Honda, Nissan, etc. Very few of the Matrix, the Yaris or the iM. Even the Lexus CT200H is more common to see around here than those models. The various Prius models are also very common, however - despite their eyesore styling (it's obviously ALL about the MPG rating with those).

The Toyota Yaris is fairly uncommon, and literally like spotting bigfoot or a UFO to see a sporty 2012+ SE trim model driving around. I have seen only 3-4 other 2015-2017 Yaris SE on the road since they made their debut 3 years ago (I absolutely love mine BTW), and only a few more than that of the 2012-2014 SE version. The few 2012+ (3rd Gen) Yaris that I do see are usually the stripped-down budget-minded L/LE trims, and probably rentals, since that makes up the overwhelming bulk of the dismal Yaris sales in the U.S. market (despite selling well in other countries). The 2007-2011 hatch and sedan Yaris are probably the most common of the uncommon Yaris here in Phoenix.

The iM around here is almost equally rare on the roads as a Yaris SE. During all my daily commute and errand-running driving since 2016, I have seen about a half-dozen on the road. It's a better car than the Corolla in every respect, yet I seem tons of the latest Corolla EVERY DAY.

On the plus side, it's always nice to drive an uncommon car that isn't literally sitting at every stop light and parking lot in multiples when you pull up - like the Civic, Corolla, Camry, RAV4, Accord, Elantra, etc. etc. etc.
Starting to see a lot more, but it still pretty rare
 

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I know that sales of the iM is steadily pretty low nationally here in the U.S, as most people here prefer SUVs, crossovers, trucks and sedans over hatchback-cars. Unlike Europe and many other places globally, hatchbacks here have traditionally been a niche market at best - and generally confined to budget ecoboxes in most cases. Interestingly enough, in my experience (here in Phoenix, AZ), Toyota hatchbacks (minus the Prius models) seem to be the least likely ones to been seen driving around in this area, compared to hatchbacks from other brands. I see far far far more hatchbacks from Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, Fiat, Honda, Nissan, etc. Very few of the Matrix, the Yaris or the iM. Even the Lexus CT200H is more common to see around here than those models. The various Prius models are also very common, however - despite their eyesore styling (it's obviously ALL about the MPG rating with those).

The Toyota Yaris is fairly uncommon, and literally like spotting bigfoot or a UFO to see a sporty 2012+ SE trim model driving around. I have seen only 3-4 other 2015-2017 Yaris SE on the road since they made their debut 3 years ago (I absolutely love mine BTW), and only a few more than that of the 2012-2014 SE version. The few 2012+ (3rd Gen) Yaris that I do see are usually the stripped-down budget-minded L/LE trims, and probably rentals, since that makes up the overwhelming bulk of the dismal Yaris sales in the U.S. market (despite selling well in other countries). The 2007-2011 hatch and sedan Yaris are probably the most common of the uncommon Yaris here in Phoenix.

The iM around here is almost equally rare on the roads as a Yaris SE. During all my daily commute and errand-running driving since 2016, I have seen about a half-dozen on the road. It's a better car than the Corolla in every respect, yet I seem tons of the latest Corolla EVERY DAY.

On the plus side, it's always nice to drive an uncommon car that isn't literally sitting at every stop light and parking lot in multiples when you pull up - like the Civic, Corolla, Camry, RAV4, Accord, Elantra, etc. etc. etc.
I've seen a lot of Yaris HB's running around up here in Oregon & Washington. I've also seen more iM's but they are more rare as they've only been out for 2 years. You don't see a lot of Toyota HB's compared to other brands because they haven't made as many. Now if you add in the Scion HB's as Toyotas they are all over the place. HB's as an observation are everywhere even if Toyota doesn't have as many as others. But remember that every CUV/SUV and minivan are HB's also. ;)
 

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I've seen a lot of Yaris HB's running around up here in Oregon & Washington. I've also seen more iM's but they are more rare as they've only been out for 2 years. You don't see a lot of Toyota HB's compared to other brands because they haven't made as many. Now if you add in the Scion HB's as Toyotas they are all over the place. HB's as an observation are everywhere even if Toyota doesn't have as many as others. But remember that every CUV/SUV and minivan are HB's also. ;)
I have always considered Scion as Toyotas... As a matter of fact, I have not seen them as any other make other than Toyota.. After all, they are Toyota.;)
 

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I have always considered Scion as Toyotas... As a matter of fact, I have not seen them as any other make other than Toyota.. After all, they are Toyota.;)
Me too but I was speaking from only a name plate point of view.
 

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I am starting to see more iMs around as well. I am really surprised people aren't buying them like crazy. iM is an amazing value for a commuter car, it is in many ways better than a new Civic. It is less powerful, but naturally-aspirated engine from Toyota is also bulletproof for years and years to come.

I seriously think Toyota dealers just don't care about selling new iMs.
 

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Living in Minnesota, honestly I haven't seen many on the road. Usually whenever i have a car, you typically see your car all the time. But not with this one.
 

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The iM is a very uncommon car to see on the road around here in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, and a Yaris SE trim (what I drive currently) is pretty much non-existent (I've seen 3-4 total in the last 3 years of daily driving/commuting). Luxury (overpriced, status-symbol) cars and SUVs are very very common around here, however, especially towards the north side where I live. I also see Civics, Accords, Corollas & Camrys at every stoplight for the most part during my work commutes. It's ridiculous.
 

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The iM is a very uncommon car to see on the road around here in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, and a Yaris SE trim (what I drive currently) is pretty much non-existent (I've seen 3-4 total in the last 3 years of daily driving/commuting). Luxury (overpriced, status-symbol) cars and SUVs are very very common around here, however, especially towards the north side where I live. I also see Civics, Accords, Corollas & Camrys at every stoplight for the most part during my work commutes. It's ridiculous.
I just saw a Yaris SE near Albuquerque yesterday. :D
 

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Spotted an elusive iM today here in Phoenix, AZ, on the way home from work. A Barcelona Red iM in need of a good washing. ;)
 

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I spotted one in Albuquerque today and then another later on. Oh never mind, the second one was my iM. :D
 
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