2016 Scion iM Review

The 2016 Scion iM places in the middle of our compact car rankings. It has a hushed cabin, a list of appealing standard features, and an outstanding reliability rating. However, its uninspiring performance and tight back seat limit its appeal.

Pros & Cons

  • Many standard features for the money
  • Quiet interior
  • Excellent reliability score
  • Ownership costs expected to be lower than most
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Lackluster handling and acceleration




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 5.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Scion iM Overview

Is the 2016 Scion iM a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Scion iM comes standard with a generously sized touch screen and a rearview camera – unusual inclusions for the compact car class. It’s also a good value, thanks to its excellent reliability score and low ownership costs. On the downside, a large number of competitors are more enjoyable to drive and provide more space.

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Our Scion iM review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 11 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2016 Scion iM?

The average price of a 2016 Scion iM is $14,300, based on more than 200 listings on our site. That said, prices fluctuate between $12,000 and $16,900. Each car’s condition, mileage, and regional demand impacts its listing price.

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How Much Does the 2016 Scion iM Cost to Own?

At the time of writing, five-year costs for fuel, maintenance, insurance, and repairs are not available for the 2016 Scion iM.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New IM?

You can’t buy a new Scion iM, as 2016 was the model’s first and only year of production under this name. However, this vehicle lives on as the Toyota Corolla iM. These two cars look virtually identical side by side, but there are a few differences. The most notable of these is that the 2018 Corolla iM has additional safety features; lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and a pre-collision system are included in every model. Brace yourself for a bit of a price jump if you want the new model. You’ll spend about $4,600 more on the 2018 Corolla iM (starting MSRP $18,850) than you will on the average used 2016 Scion iM.

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No other new compact car can match the price of a used iM. However, a few options in the subcompact car segment can be found in this price range, and you might not have to give up as much space as you think. Take the 2018 Kia Rio ($13,900), for example. In addition to its below-average price tag, the Rio has a comparable amount of passenger space to the iM. It also offers the choice between a lower-priced sedan body style and a roomier hatchback with extra cargo space.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Scion iM?

The iM is expected to be one of the most reliable compact cars you can buy from the 2016 model year. It has a reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D Power.

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2016 Scion iM Recalls

As of this writing, one recall has been issued on the 2016 iM. The recall – which affects less than 100 models – replaces an incorrect label in the vehicle. Before buying a used car, ensure that any applicable recalls have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Scion iM Is Best? 

2016 was the first and last year of production for the Scion iM, so there are no other models to consider. For 2017, the Scion brand ceased production and the Scion iM was replaced with the virtually identical Corolla iM.

Which Used Scion iM Model Is Right for Me?

The Scion iM comes in only one well-equipped trim. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch color display in the gauge cluster, a 7-inch touch screen in the dashboard, a six-speaker Pioneer stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and Aha, which allows you to access Facebook, Twitter, and more than 40,000 free internet radio stations. The iM isn't available with many more tech features, aside from an available dealer-installed navigation system.

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What Does Scion's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for Scion vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all Scion certified pre-owned vehicles, and Toyota extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Scion must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Scion warranty page carefully.

Toyota manages Scion's CPO program, and it's about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Honda, and Hyundai all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the IM?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluated the Scion iM in two crash tests: moderate overlap front and side impact. It earned a rating of Good – the best possible – in both tests.

When it comes to active safety features, the Scion iM has only a standard rearview camera. Although many competing compact cars offer more available safety features, a standard rearview camera is notable for the class.

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2016 Scion iM Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Scion iM or 2017 Corolla iM?

The Scion iM was rebranded as the Corolla iM for the 2017 model year. While these cars are nearly identical in most ways, the Corolla iM offers a few extra benefits. Most notable is the Toyota’s standard Safety Sense C, a suite of high-tech safety features that include lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and pre-collision braking. Otherwise, the cars deliver similar space, styling, and performance.

Which Is Better: 2016 Scion iM or 2016 Honda Fit?

The 2016 Honda Fit is a subcompact car, but you may not know it from its impressive dimensions. If you need good interior and cargo space, it's the better car. The Fit has plenty of back-seat legroom, an abundance of overall cargo space for its class, and excellent fuel economy estimates. Additionally, the Fit was named our 2016 Best Subcompact Car for the Money, as well as our 2016 Best Hatchback for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2016 Scion iM or 2016 Mazda3?

The 2016 Mazda3 outperforms the Scion iM (and most other compact cars), thanks to its agile, corner-carving handling. On top of that, the Mazda3 has a slightly stronger engine than the iM (18 more horsepower) and earns better fuel economy. Additionally, the Mazda3 has a high-quality interior that features a user-friendly infotainment system.

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2016 IM Performance

How Does the 2016 Scion iM Drive?

A 137-horsepower four-cylinder engine powers the 2016 iM and delivers adequate acceleration for daily driving. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission is available.

The iM has strong brakes and handles decently through turns. Its driving dynamics should be fine for most shoppers, but the iM isn't as engaging to drive as sporty rivals like the Mazda3.

Does the 2016 Scion iM Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the iM achieves 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission. Those are average fuel numbers for the class.

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2016 IM Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 IM Seat?

The iM has a nice interior for the class, featuring some good-quality materials and attractive styling. There are seats for five. The front seats have more than enough space for tall occupants, but the back seats are tight for adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Scion iM?

To secure child safety seats, the Scion iM comes with three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors.

2016 Scion iM Features

The 2016 iM comes with some impressive features that are not standard in many rivals, including a 7-inch touch screen, a Pioneer stereo, and a rearview camera. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and the stereo produces great sound quality.

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2016 Scion iM Dimensions

Scion iM Cargo Space

The iM’s cargo space is smaller than average for the class, at 20.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats. The 60/40-split-folding seats and under-floor storage bins increase usable cargo space.

Scion iM Length and Weight

The Scion iM is 14.2 feet long. It has a curb weight of 2,943 pounds with the manual transmission and 3,031 pounds with the automatic transmission.

Where Was the 2016 Scion iM Built?

The 2016 Scion iM was built in Japan.


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