X

2016 Scion iM exudes funky practicality (pictures)

Toyota seeks to jumpstart its Scion sub-brand with the iM's affordable style and utility.

skype-headshot
skype-headshot

Chris Paukert

See full bio
00-2016-scion-im.jpg
1 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

The iM looks particularly racy when viewed from the front three-quarter aspect.

03-2016-scion-im.jpg
2 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

While the Toyota Auris, on which the iM is based, can look a lot more ordinary, a standard aero kit and larger wheels really amp up this Scion's curb appeal.

07-2016-scion-im.jpg
3 of 24

Chris Paukert/CNET

The iM's two-box profile recalls the similar-of-mission Toyota Matrix that is no longer on sale.

10-2016-scion-im.jpg
4 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

The iM's hood hides a decidedly ordinary 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine.

16-2016-scion-im.jpg
5 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

The iM's large hatch opening and low liftover height make for easy loading and unloading.

17-2016-scion-im.jpg
6 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

While this iM is featured in Classic Silver Metallic, a range of more daring colors is also available.

20-2016-scion-im.jpg
7 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

Note how aggressively the window line appears to slant forward from this angle.

01-2016-scion-im.jpg
8 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

Unlike its Toyota Corolla sibling, LED headlamps are not available on the iM, nor is any other type of HID illumination.

18-2016-scion-im.jpg
9 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

The wraparound tail lamps have a uniquely three-dimensional quality to them.

11-2016-scion-im.jpg
10 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

Large lower air intakes suggest bigger performance potential than the iM is capable of delivering.

15-2016-scion-im.jpg
11 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

The iM's exhaust is a single-sided, single-pipe affair that is faired in nicely by the standard ground effects package.

19-2016-scion-im.jpg
12 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

Swanky 17-inch directional alloys incorporate a mix of painted and machine-faced surfacing.

02-2016-scion-im.jpg
13 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

The iM and its iA stablemate are part of a two-pronged attack to make this badge relevant again.

25-2016-scion-im.jpg
14 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

The iM's interior feels both racier and better finished than Toyota's own Corolla.

21-2016-scion-im.jpg
15 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

Deeply hooded analog gauges help keep glare to a minimum.

24-2016-scion-im.jpg
16 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

The iM's available CVT mimics a seven-speed automatic in behavior and has a dedicated sport mode.

26-2016-scion-im.jpg
17 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

You're looking at one of the simplest, most intuitive HVAC control panels in the industry. Note the dual-zone switchgear.

29-2016-scion-im.jpg
18 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

Front seats offer good comfort and are wrapped in a hard-wearing, sporty fabric.

30-2016-scion-im.jpg
19 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

There's more room than you'd think in the second row thanks to a flat floor and formal roofline.

27-2016-scion-im.jpg
20 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

Rotary-style air vents and prominent door grab handles are simple yet effective interior fixtures.

28-2016-scion-im.jpg
21 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

There's plenty of room for storage in the iM, including this center console pocket with power outlet, USB input and mini headphone jack.

31-2016-scion-im.jpg
22 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

The Scion iM delivers 20.8 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats in place, and more than double that with the seatbacks folded.

22-2016-scion-im.jpg
23 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

This iM test model featured optional navigation, but the head unit is the same regardless of whether GPS is optioned or not.

23-2016-scion-im.jpg
24 of 24 Chris Paukert/CNET

This touchscreen Pioneer head unit features Bluetooth audio integration, as well as apps for functions such as Pandora streaming audio.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

84 Photos
The Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

36 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games

More Galleries

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV Is a Three-Row Electric Luxobarge

More Galleries

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV Is a Three-Row Electric Luxobarge

68 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

More Galleries

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos
NASA unveils 30 dazzling new Hubble space images for an epic anniversary

More Galleries

NASA unveils 30 dazzling new Hubble space images for an epic anniversary

30 Photos