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2016 Scion iM First Drive ? Review ? Car and Driver



TRD Lends a Hand
Speaking of cornering, this is arguably what the iM does best. While steering feel won’t win any awards, the electrically driven rack does direct the front tires with precision. We spent a fair bit of time driving an iM that Scion fitted with the accessory TRD lowering springs, TRD anti-roll bars, and TRD air filter, and decided that all should be mandatory equipment for anyone with a pulse, as these parts reduce the car’s body motions and sharpen its response, thus making the most of the strut front/control-arm rear suspension’s capabilities.

Perhaps this car’s greatest attribute is its value, which, at the price of $19,255 for the manual and $19,995 for the automatic, will make good on Scion’s promise of a sub-$20K MSRP when it arrives in Scion dealerships (along with the Mazda 2–based iA) this fall. Adding the navigation kit for an estimated $900 and the TRD bits, we still estimate that an iM with the manual would cost less than $23,000, or roughly the starting price of a four-door VW Golf. We only wish it were a bit more interesting to look at and to drive, because if Scion is going to survive, it needs a following. And at first blush, the iM doesn’t seem good enough to build one.
 

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It just really bothers me that they value these cars based on their driving dynamics when 90% of shoppers simply won't care, what they're interested in Car and Driver isn't it would seem...

Offering more for less, this car comes standard with dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an audio system with a seven-inch color display; Bluetooth, voice recognition and USB connectivity are baked right in like tart cherries inside a fruit cake. Additionally, there are eight airbags and just as many cup holders, plus heated side-view mirrors that power fold at the push of a button.
who cares about steering feel, this is what people want...
 

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It just really bothers me that they value these cars based on their driving dynamics when 90% of shoppers simply won't care, what they're interested in Car and Driver isn't it would seem...



who cares about steering feel, this is what people want...

I have saved the Car and Driver and Motor Trend magazine reviews from my 2004 xB and recall articles on my '88 Corolla wagon. They were both deplored for their performance, but they both proved to be reliable well designed cars.
The xB only had 108 hp but was geared so well it flew up mountain grades and I passed a lot of cars to boot. Occasionally I dropped down to 4th from overdrive. The only time power was an issue was when I was stopped at the base of steep on ramp and had to get to speed from a stop.
 

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i really dont mind if it is slow...because i dont think i will track or autox with iM anyway..why i care.

all i want is a manual hatchback with great MPG and in a reasonable price range.

To me, iM does look pretty fashion in multiple ways, I do know the engine is not new but what would I have to do with a 2.0L engine anyway.

1.8L 137horsepower is engine for daily driver..

I seem lots Prius driver speed 80-90 MPH on highway daily...why cant iM. same 1.8L engine
 
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