The Scion iM is first and foremost a practical car, but it was also designed to be fun with a responsive engine and great handling. The suspension design is based on the TC, meaning it's a double wishbone independent setup in the back, aiding handling without impinging on interior space. However, the iM is only available in one body style, as a 5-door hatchback, meaning that it has the TC beat as far as interior room is concerned.
The engine itself displaces 1.8 liters and makes 137 horsepower. That power is sent to the front wheels via either a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that functions like an automatic. The 6-speed is more fun, but the CVT is the mpg champion, boasting a rating of 32 mpg in combined city and highway driving (the 6-speed is still rated at 31 mpg in combined driving.)
The only options on the Scion iM are a navigation system a range of customization accessories, such as a performance air intake system, sway bars, lowering springs, enhanced interior lighting and body graphics.
The list of standard features on the iM is long, but highlights include a 6-speaker Pioneer sound system with iPod integration, a 7-inch display unit in the dashboard, a rear backup camera, a 4.2-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster, dual-zone air conditioning, power windows, heated folding exterior mirrors, 60/40 folding rear seats, automatic headlights, an acoustic layer windshield, a Hill Start Assist system and 17-inch wheels.
Safety features on the Scion iM include traction control, stability control and anti-lock brakes, along with a hill start feature and a rear backup camera. Eight airbags come standard, including one for the driver's knees as well as one nestled away in the front passenger seat cushion.