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A Modern Little Car that’s a Hoot to Drive

January 13, 2016 lacarguy Scion Tags: , , ,

If you’re looking for a fun little car to drive around in, that’s what the Scion iM is. It’s compact, it’s built to handle well, and it can even be paired with a manual six speed if you want the full driving experience. These are all really great things for someone searching for a fun little vehicle, and that’s what the Scion iM is meant for.

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It’s Modern

It wouldn’t be a modern Scion without all the fancy gadgets and a nice touchscreen ulling it all together. Of course this car comes with one and it works quite well too. It comes with both Bluetooth and a USB port, though you won’t get navigation and you’ll have to rely on a GPS unit or your phone to do that job. What you do get, which is a bit surprising, is dual-zone climate control. That’s almost unheard of in the sub 20k price range, especially in a compact like this. The car also comes with automatic lights and a rear-view camera for those tricky parking spaces.

It’s Respectably Efficient

You won’t get crazy efficiency levels like you would from a Prius, but the iM gets a respectable 28 city and 37 highway. Most people would agree that’s pretty nice, but it’s not segment leading by any means.

Trunk Space

It’s a hatchback so of course it has trunk space to spare. Whether you have camping gear, a bicycle, some small furniture or anything else, the trunk will likely accommodate it. You’ll be surprised at what you can store in this little car, and that’s one of the main charms that it has going for it. If you know that you’re the type of person that always seems to need more trunk space than you expect, you’ll like this car.

It’s Fast Enough

The iM isn’t a race car. It’s pretty low power with 137 HP, but it’s fast enough. It hits 60 in 8.6 seconds and feels pretty peppy under most standard driving conditions. It’s not going to feel sporty without more power, but for a daily driver this car’s pretty enjoyable to motor around in.

While the iM isn’t going to be right for everyone, if you like the look of the car, and you want something little and fun to drive, but with storage options the iM was made for you. It’s reasonably priced at under 20k and it’s a car that’s likely to last quite a long time since it’s built with reliable Toyota parts.

Scion Has a Lot to Be Happy About

October 16, 2015 lacarguy Scion, Scion of Hollywood, Scion Santa Monica, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , ,

Scion’s been out of the media for a while now but thanks to the recent addition of the iM and the iA and some other improvements made by Scion has a lot to be happy about.

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Winning at Safety

Safety sells when it comes to vehicles and Scion has some bragging rights in that respect. The iA received the IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating for doing so well on tests from the International Institute for Highway Safety. That shows that the vehicle is safe to drive around, and that it is built to hold up well in a variety of conditions. One of the things that helped the vehicle land such a high ranking in the IIHS tests was the Low-Speed Pre Collision system that comes standard. The system helps slow down the vehicle when oncoming obstacles are detected to help reduce

Rapidly Expanding

During the month of September, Scion was the fastest improving brand of any auto manufacturer in the United States. The company has a year over year increase of 57 percent, that’s some serious gains, and shows that the brand is moving somewhere. The gains are likely because of the new vehicles that Scion is releasing.

Not only are the gains here, but they are likely to keep coming since Scion will be releasing information about a third car here. They haven’t announced it yet but will come out with more about it at the L.A. Auto Show. It’s a good time to be a Scion fan.

Winning at Drifting

Scion’s also doing pretty well at professional drift racing as well. Their team managed to take a first and second place finish in last week’s competition and Frederic Aasbo won the World and National Formula Drift championships to really seal in that top position for Scion.

With New Leadership Even More is on the Horizon

Scion recently introduced Andre Gilleland as the new Vice President of the company. He’s an experienced professional that offers both skill and enthusiasm to his position at the company and should bring some interesting changes into the mix.

Overall Scion looks to be a company that’s growing and expanding quickly and evolving into something great. It’s too early to tell if the positives will keep on coming, but so far I would expect good things in the future for the company.