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2016 Scion iM Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Scion iM was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.2

The interior of the all-new 2016 Scion iM is attractive and built with high-quality, soft-touch materials, according to some test drivers, while others think it's just average for the class. Some reviewers write that the Scion iM is quiet, which is rare for a compact car. Taller passengers will have plenty of space in the front seats, critics say, but they will feel cramped in the back. Cargo space is a bit below average for a compact hatchback, although most test drivers say it's big enough for most uses. The 2016 iM has a lot of standard features for the class, but some auto writers complain that it lacks upscale options like a sunroof and leather. Critics praise the iM for its responsive infotainment system and great stereo sound quality.

  • The all-black interior, however, is rather more enticing, yet it still fails to rise much higher than midpack in terms of design and accouterments." -- Car and Driver
  • There's nothing to really separate the Scion iM from the competition in terms of interior refinement or packaging. Still, the interior is an acceptable place to be; let's call it par for the course." -- Autoblog
  • "The angular style of the dash is attractive, and the soft two-tone leatherette of the dash upholstery rewards the senses." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The interior boasts plenty of padded surfaces, including the dash, door tops, and armrests, and the basic-black color scheme is broken up with a swatch of white across the bottom of the dash along with a few silver accents." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The iM is remarkably quiet in seemingly all circumstances. We didn't run a dB meter in it or anything, but we'll guess it's as quiet as sedans a class or two up." -- AutoWeek

Seating

The 2016 Scion iM seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The iM's front seats provide a good view of the road and plenty of room for tall adults, test drivers say. They add that the rear seat lacks adequate head- and legroom for taller passengers.

  • "The iM does have a nice amount of interior space, even for a compact. In terms of leg, head and shoulder room, there's certainly enough for an adult of average size." -- AutoTrader
  • "I'm just less than 6 feet tall and with the driver's seat in my normal driving position, my knees were firmly touching the front seat in both models when I sat in the rear. Rear headroom was barely enough for me to sit upright without my head touching the ceiling." -- Cars.com
  • Really tall front-seaters can dial in plenty of headroom thanks to the standard height-adjustable seats, and they'll likely find legroom adequate as well. However, legroom behind them shrinks enough to limit back-seaters to about 5'9; otherwise, headroom and legroom would be sufficient for 6-footers to sit in tandem." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Visibility is good in every direction." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The 2016 Scion iM comes with a lot of standard features for the class, including a rearview camera, 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, an auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio and Aha, which provides access to Facebook, Twitter and more than 40,000 free Internet radio stations. A navigation system is available as a dealer-installed accessory.

Auto writers like that the 2016 iM has so many standard features, but they note that it lacks available upgrades like a sunroof and leather upholstery, which are available in competitors like the Honda Fit. The touch screen in the dashboard has quick response time, according to critics, and the Pioneer stereo provides luxury-grade sound quality.

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  • "In large part due to the no-options policy (though there will be dealer-installed navigation system and dress-up items available), the iM comes with a fairly heavy load of standard equipment." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The infotainment system responds quickly to touch menu commands, the Bluetooth takes just seconds to set up, and the speakers' sound quality rivals that of some premium European cars." -- Motor Trend
  • With only one spec on offer, Scion loads the iM up with a good amount of standard equipment. … That's all well and good, but it also means there are no major upgrades available. You can't get a sunroof or xenon headlamps. Same goes for leather upholstery. Don't even think about heated seats." -- Autoblog
  • "We wonder, however, if the lack of available upgrades such as a sunroof or leather upholstery will cost Scion some sales, as many of its competitors are offering such amenities." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The 2016 Scion iM has 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, which is slightly below average for a compact hatchback. However, most reviewers think the iM's cargo area is large and flexible enough for the class. The Scion iM comes standard with hidden under-floor storage bins and 60/40 split-folding rear seats to expand the cargo space.

  • There's not a lot of luggage space behind the second row folding seats, but overall - especially considering its $19,255 starting sticker - it's a perfectly competent competitor in the class." -- AutoWeek
  • "Whether you pack it with your worthless friends, a big-screen TV, snowboards or wakeboards, or even canines of disreputable heritage, this front-wheel-drive carryall will get the job done." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The iM's cargo area is fairly large and quite versatile, with folded rear seat backs that lie nearly flat and level with the floor in back, which has some 'hidden' storage beneath it." -- Consumer Guide

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