Scion Gives Families Two More Budget-Friendly Options in iA and iM
When families are shopping for vehicles, many still consider Scion to be the new quirky kid on the block. What most probably don’t know about the brand is that it’s owned by Toyota. That’s right, the same company that puts out Lexus and Toyota vehicles puts out Scion as well.
iM – The New Hot Hatch in Town
Fuel efficient, sleek, and made for storage the all-new Scion iM is set to have an MSRP starting under $20,000.
On the outside you’ll find a pointed, aggressive front end highlighted by a hexagon lower grille, sharp-eyed headlights and side bezels with honeycomb mesh pattern.
Inside families will find a cabin that is “roomy, refined, versatile and high-tech-equipped,” according to the brand. The iM features a rear-view backup camera, power folding mirrors, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lamps, 7-inch display audio, a 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information display, and dual-zone automatic A/C control.
Under the hood the 1.8-liter DOHC Valvematic engine with 137 horsepower drives a chassis with sophisticated double-wishbone rear suspension and standard 17-inch alloy wheels. For more hands-on driving fun, a six-speed stick shift is also available.
The iM is projected by Scion to get an estimated 37 miles per gallon on the highway.
Bringing safety into focus, the bolstered front sport seats are engineered to integrate a Whiplash Injury Lessen (WIL) structure for occupant protection. The iM also integrates eight airbags in the cabin to protect occupants.
Pets can also be safe while riding in the iM. Available through dealers, pet-friendly accessories include a dog harness with tether, door guards, seat pet barrier and even a grass pad, which discourages your doggie from standing on center console.
iA – The Sleek Entry-Level Sedan
Entry level? With a $16,000 starting MSRP, you could quickly think you’re not getting much. Think again.
Arriving in dealerships this autumn buyers will have a sedan that looks from the side like something from Jaguar. Tight, curved sheet metal makes the iA sporty looking, not “cute” as many entry-levels are customarily referred to.
Other iA highlights include:
- High-spirited 1.5-liter engine with 106 horsepower
- Choice of 6-speed stick shift or 6-speed automatic
- Manufacturer-estimated 42 MPG highway, expected to be best-in-class
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Piano black bumper treatment
- Chrome grille surround and tailpipe
- Keyless entry with push start
- Tilt/telescopic steering wheel
Safety highlights include front side airbags and curtain airbags. The iA also comes with a standard Low-speed Pre-collision system that uses lasers and cameras to help the driver avoid collisions and to help minimize damage in the event of an accident and a rear view back-up camera.
Like all Scion models, the 2016 iM and iA are covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. They also come with Scion Service Boost, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of 24-hour roadside assistance.