How does the Scion iM equipped with the continuously variable transmission compare to the Scion iM equipped with the six-speed manual transmission?
This is the question that TFL set out to answer.
The clutch takeup is described as "high but easy to modulate." Doing normal driving and you'll be fine, but if you push it on the track, that's when some flaws began to show.
The CVTWhen rushed, the transmission loses a lot of its accuracy. Fast second-to-third shifts were met with an unsatisfying “clunk.” But the biggest problem with the iM’s sporting pretensions is the pedal placement. The gas pedal is to low for any type of heel-and-toe shifting. The poor pedal placement sapped a lot of the fun out of driving the iM, as it can’t overcome its economy car roots. It shouldn’t be too difficult to build an economical car with good pedal placement – Mazda and Honda already do.
First thing noticed: the shift pattern is backwards. forward is upshift and back is downshift. The CVT isn't as peppy as the manual, even when the car is in sport mode and using the manual shift gate.
If you want a more fun and sporty drive, go for the manual. The CVT will be fine for those who aren't looking for anything particularly fun to drive.Using the shift gate, the CVT moves through the pre-selected gear ratios almost as if it were a regular transmission, but the throttle response still feels CVT numb. Even so, this isn’t the auto iM’s Achilles’ heel. It’s biggest problem is weight.
The CVT iM weighs 88 pounds more than the manual and the weight is all up front. Around corners, where the manual iM felt lively, the CVT just pushed. Understeer was prodigious, even at moderate speeds. The manual exhibited no such behavior. The only thing that saved the CVT iM from being a total bore was the rear suspension. I felt the back end swing around nicely a few times, something that only an independent suspension could do.
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