Used 2016 Scion iM

Pros & Cons

  • Abundant standard features for the money
  • comfortable and composed ride
  • supportive front seats
  • free scheduled maintenance.
  • Class-worst acceleration
  • less engaging to drive than rivals
  • limited rear visibility
  • smaller-than-average cargo capacity.
List Price Range
$12,777 - $13,900

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Even though the new 2016 Scion iM comes loaded with features, its shortcomings in performance, comfort and convenience are too hard to overlook. Most other compact hatchbacks will be better choices.

Notably, we picked the 2016 Scion iM as one of Edmunds' Best Used Cars, Trucks and SUVs.

Vehicle overview

If you only did a casual inspection of the all-new 2016 Scion iM, you'd probably come away impressed. This little hatchback looks pretty sharp, gets good fuel economy and comes packed with features. But once you examine the iM in detail, its appeal diminishes.

First off, it's not nearly as exciting to drive as its styling suggests. It shares its underpinnings with the Toyota Corolla, and although it is more engaging to drive than its popular sibling, it falls far short of top compact hatchbacks. Performance is a contributing factor. The iM is not only considerably slower than its rivals, it's in a virtual tie for class slowest. At the same time, fuel economy is certainly thrifty but also comparatively unremarkable.

The 2016 Scion iM certainly looks sporty, but that's not exactly how it drives.

On the upside, the iM delivers a comfortable ride without being overly soft or wallowy. The front seats are also noteworthy for their lateral and long-distance support, boasting greater comfort than those of the Corolla and many competitors. Its cargo-carrying abilities are unremarkable, but there are plenty of places to store smaller items and drinks. As such, the iM is best suited to urban-dwelling singles or young couples in need of a daily commuter car that can handle the odd weekend road trip.

Another benefit of the iM is that it comes with two years of free initial scheduled maintenance, which is unheard of for economy cars. It also provides more standard equipment than similarly priced competitors. In the end, though, we gave the iM a "B" rating and think you can ultimately do better given the other entrants in the compact sedan and hatchback segment. The Edmunds "A"-rated Mazda 3 is as good as hatchbacks get, closely followed by the always popular and highly refined Volkswagen Golf. To lesser degrees, the Ford Focus and Kia Forte 5 represent solid choices, too. When considering the iM, we recommend that you check out any of these alternatives in the process.

Scion iM models

The 2016 Scion iM is a five-passenger hatchback that is offered in one well-appointed trim level. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, automatic headlights, power-folding heated mirrors, full power accessories, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping column with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker stereo with HD radio, Aha streaming Internet radio and a USB interface.

This slick-looking touchscreen interface comes standard on every 2016 Scion iM.

Options include a navigation system, interior ambient lighting and various sport body enhancements. Also available are performance upgrades from TRD (Toyota Racing Development) that include an air filter, stiffer sway bars and lowering springs.

2016 Highlights

The 2016 Scion iM is an all-new compact hatchback.

Performance & mpg

Powering the Scion iM is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 137 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. It drives the front wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). In Edmunds performance testing, a CVT-equipped iM sauntered from zero to 60 mph in 10 seconds, making it one of the slowest in the segment and off the pace by quite a lot.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 31 mpg combined (27 city/36 highway) for the manual and 32 mpg combined (28 city/37 highway) for the CVT. These figures are good, but top rivals are even thriftier.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2016 Scion iM include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a front passenger seat cushion airbag.

In Edmunds brake testing, an iM stopped from 60 mph in a class-average 122 feet.

Driving

Despite its sporty styling, the iM's performance is barely adequate. The four-cylinder engine is thrashy and gutless, and resulting acceleration is quite simply worst in the class. Competitors are not only more powerful, but more efficient as well. The only bright spot is the CVT, which actually does a pretty good job of unobtrusively selecting the ideal engine rpm for a given driving condition.

The 2016 Scion iM provides a comfortable yet controlled ride.

We're also impressed with the iM's ride quality, which demonstrates plenty of bump-soaking compliance while still maintaining a sense of composure and control. But go around some turns and it all goes downhill. The car's abundance of top-heavy body roll saps the driver's confidence, and its steering is so devoid of feel it might as well have been jabbed by a big needle full of Novocaine. Overall, the 2016 iM falls well short of the standard set by other hatchbacks in this regard.

Interior

The Scion iM's interior is competitive with other hatchbacks in terms of contemporary design and materials quality, and is indeed far superior to anything that has previously worn the Scion badge. There are plenty of soft-touch and padded surfaces, with the center console in particular featuring a cushioned area for the driver's leg covered in simulated leather. We're also fans of the standard 7-inch touchscreen that is easy to reach, features sensible menus and is very quick to react. Standard dual-zone automatic climate control is another nice touch.

Although we're generally fans of the 2016 iM's interior, the dashboard is oddly upright.

Taller drivers will have enough head- and legroom, though some extra steering wheel telescoping reach would be appreciated. The rear seat isn't as welcoming, as there's merely sufficient headroom, and legroom that falls below average for the segment. Cargo capacity is also a bit smaller than other hatchbacks in this class, with only 20.8 cubic feet available behind the rear seats. But the cargo area is usefully wide, and the upright hatch provides enhanced space for bulkier items.

Forward visibility is good thanks to a raked-back windshield and narrow roof pillars, but the small rear hatch window is tiny and forces heavy reliance on the rearview camera. There are no blind-spot mirrors or warning systems available, nor any other driver warning systems.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2016 Scion iM.

Average user rating: 4.6 stars
27 total reviews
5 star reviews: 81%
4 star reviews: 3%
3 star reviews: 7%
2 star reviews: 3%
1 star reviews: 6%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Ignore the "pro" reviews
Mark,
4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
Most of the pro reviews dis the iM for various reasons but I've found it to be a great little car. Chances are you're not going to drive your car at the track or through a slalom so why be so concerned with the acceleration and cornering? Acceleration is good from the 1.8L - if you want a car that jerks your head back off the line this isn't it (go buy a mustang or camaro). Handling and cornering are good and road feel is great. The car feels solid and responds accordingly. The interior looks pretty good considering it's cloth and soft-touch plastic. All controls are reasonably located and easy to use. A tall person (over 6 foot) will not like the rear seat as the aerodynamics of the roof takes its toll on rear seat headroom. A drop-down console in the middle of the rear seat is great for passengers. Bluetooth connection to my phone is flawless. I'm seeing 41 mpg on flat highway and averaging 35 mpg around town (mix of city and hilly suburban driving).
5/5 stars, I love this car,
Gary L Shook,
4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
I'm a 56 year old man, not the youngster they supposedly market this vehicle to. I've owned my Barcelona Red IM for one week now. I love it, pure and simple. It rides as quiet inside as a 2015 Camry SE, handles better, with better gas mileage (so far, around 31mph for the first 200 miles in mixed driving). It also looks fantastic, and the hatchback means the space in the back won't go to waste. Don't listen to the negative reviews about power, this car has plenty of get up and go, particularly with the sport button engaged. Now is a great time to purchase, as they're blowing them out, I got mine a full 2 grand under sticker. Plus, the added bonus of Toyota reliability. It says something about this soon to be defunct Scion that Toyota is continuing the model in 2017 as the Toyota Corolla IM. The only negative I have is the lack of a CD player, but I'm adjusting to that, using Flash drives. The stereo sounds fantastic. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CAR. UPDATE TO PREVIOUS REVIEW - Now getting 33 mpg in mixed driving. Love this car. UPDATE TO PREVIOUS REVIEW - 6 MONTHS IN, AND I'M STILL LOVING IT. ** ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY UPDATE: I've owned about 20 new cars in my life, this one is by far my fave. Still averaging 33 mpg. In June I took a 400 mile round trip road trip to Tennessee, averaged 36.5 mpg while averaging around 75 mph.
5/5 stars, iM a fan
Austin,
4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
This was my first new car purchase and don't regret choosing the scion iM. I'm averaging 34 miles with combined driving, I love the interior and exterior of the car. I travel a lot, most of my trips are about seven hours long and I haven't experienced any discomforts other than a gas pedal that feels a little small to my foot but I've already gotten adjusted to it. Blue tooth works great and the speakers are amazing! I also found driving this car to be quite fun, it's fast enough for me (that's not saying much since I'm a slow driver) and the turning is very good (and that's saying something with me). I've had this car for about four months and I already have over 7,000 miles on the odometer with no issues whatsoever. I'm updating my review. I was just in an accident where a Toyota Tundra rear ended me. My scion i'M didn't even have a scratch while the truck that hit me did damage his vehicle. Im still loving my scion and feel much safer about driving my car after this.
5/5 stars, I drove the Eurospec Auris and loved it!
Miguelito Loveless,
4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
Based on renting vehicles while in England. This is really a very competent vehicle. Roomy and comfortable, the side windows and rear do not slope down as they do in the Ford Focus/Volvo S40. So visibility is excellent and it can store much more luggage than Edmund's gives credit. I packed a roll-around luggage piece the size of a golf bag with no problem positioned sideways across the rear compartment (could easily take 2 golf bags). Had to fold seats down in the Volvo. The manual shifter is spring-loaded and took awhile to get used to, but got the hang of it quickly (right-hand drive no less). Performance with a 6-speed and the smaller engine was adequate. Gas mileage was quite good (over 35 mpg). Seating is comfortable and passengers noted the roominess for a smaller vehicle. The driver's seat has height adjustment, and although the front window does slope steeply, there was plenty of headroom. I did not have the rear visibility problems Edmunds mentions in their review. We are looking to acquire a US spec version in the next year since we liked the rental so much.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$18,460
MPG & Fuel
27 City / 36 Hwy / 31 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.0 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 137 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 126 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 170.5 in. / Height: 55.3 in. / Width: 69.3 in.
Curb Weight: 2943 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 20.8 cu.ft.


FAQ

Is the Scion iM a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2016 iM both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Scion iM fuel economy, so it's important to know that the iM gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg to 32 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the iM has 20.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Scion iM. Learn more

Is the Scion iM reliable?

To determine whether the Scion iM is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the iM. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the iM's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2016 Scion iM a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2016 Scion iM is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2016 iM is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2016 Scion iM?

The least-expensive 2016 Scion iM is the 2016 Scion iM 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $18,460.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $18,460
  • 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $19,200
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What are the different models of Scion iM?

If you're interested in the Scion iM, the next question is, which iM model is right for you? iM variants include 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M), and 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of iM models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2016 Scion iM

Used 2016 Scion iM Overview

The Used 2016 Scion iM is offered in the following submodels: iM Hatchback. Available styles include 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M), and 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl CVT). The Used 2016 Scion iM comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual, continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2016 Scion iM comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 2 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2016 Scion iM?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2016 Scion iM and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2016 iM 4.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2016 iM.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2016 Scion iM and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2016 iM featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2016 Scion iM?

Used 2016 Scion iM 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

The Used 2016 Scion iM 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,255. The average price paid for a new Used 2016 Scion iM 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M) is trending $6,408 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,408 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $12,847.

The average savings for the Used 2016 Scion iM 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M) is 33.3% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2016 Scion iM?

2016 Scion iM 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, regular unleaded
31 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/36 highway MPG

2016 Scion iM 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
32 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/37 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG31
Transmission6-speed manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.8 L
Passenger Volume111.2 cu.ft.
Wheelbase102.4 in.
Length170.5 in.
Width69.3 in.
Height55.3 in.
Curb Weight2943 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2016 Scion iM?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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