2016 Scion iM
Scion has been a little stale lately, with stalling sales. But in New York, they debuted two new models that might help move the meter. Both are a bit roomier than we tend to think Scion stands for, probably because tiny cars are cute, but they're not so livable — even for the millennials Scion wants as buyers. (Note: Carmakers seem to always want young buyers, even though they tend to be broke.) The iM is the more road-trip-worthy of the two; it's a five-door, five passenger hatchback based on the Toyota Auris (a European/Japanese model that debuted in 2013). It's about the size of a Honda Civic, but the hatch gives it more utility. At the L.A. Auto Show this past November Scion showed the iM in a concept version with a lowered suspension, and they'll sell optional tuner-ready parts out of Toyota's TRD performance program (Toyota owns Scion). Here the car was shown with a six-speed manual gearbox, and it will be a miserly engine, good for 37 mpg highway fuel economy. Scion says the car will go on sale this fall for less than $20,000.