Posts from ‘Scion’

2016 Scion iM

Scion adds the iM compact hatchback to its lineup for 2016. It’s a stylish entry with one highly contented trim level and an “out the door” price of less than $20,000.

Scion iMThis fall, there will be some prominent comings and goings in Scion showrooms. Coming will be a new iA subcompact sedan (the first sedan in the company’s history) along with a compact 4-door hatchback called the iM (the subject of this report); going will be the tiny iQ and the “staple” xB compact wagon. The only carryovers are thus the front-wheel-drive tC and rear-wheel-drive FR-S sport coupes.

As such, the focus of the brand is shifting somewhat; away from the unique if limited-appeal cars that Scion has sold in the past, and toward more mainstream entries that should attract more interest – and more buyers.

2016 Scion iA

Joining the Scion stable this fall is the subcompact iA, the first sedan in the company’s 12-year history. Well equipped with automatic transmission and destination, it starts — and ends — at $17,595.

Scion iA Those who frequent their local Scion showroom are going to see some big changes come this fall. Leaving after the 2015s sell out are the tiny iQ and the compact xB “tall wagon,” the latter being the 2nd generation of the box that essentially built the brand. Since the subcompact xD departed after the 2014 model year, that means the only carryovers from the current Scion corral are the tC sports coupe and the FR-S sportier coupe.

But that doesn’t mean Scion is abandoning mainstream America, because due to go on sale September 1 are two new cars that will compete in the subcompact and compact classes.

Scion iA and iM

2016 Scion iA (left) and iM

New York Auto Show

Toyota’s Scion division introduced its first-ever 4-door sedan and a sporty 4-door hatchback on the eve of the 2015 New York Auto Show.  The iA is a subcompact-sized 4-door sedan that will be priced in the neighborhood of $16,000. It also includes a few standard features that are unexpected for its class and price point: a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with voice recognition, a rearview camera, and a low-speed pre-collision system that uses lasers and cameras to help the driver avoid collisions.

Red Bull Global Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle, Tanner Foust, Wide-Body Tuner Cars

This Volkswagen Beetle Type R was a collaborative project between professional driver Tanner Foust and Japanese Porsche tuning house RAUH-Welt Begriff.

Import-tuner style cars may have faded a bit from the peak of their popularity in the early 2000s, but the scene for modified Asian and European machines is still motoring along… and evolving. One of the aftermarket trends we’ve noticed recently is a move toward large fender flares on modern-day sport compacts. Some of these flares are smoothly integrated into the car body’s quarter panels, but many have a tacked-on “overfender” look that is reminiscent of vintage IMSA racers and 70’s Japanese street machines. All of them help cover extra-wide tires and make for a more aggressive, race-inspired stance.

Scion iM Concept

Scion iM Concept

At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota’s Scion division unveiled a slicked-up concept version of a 4-door hatchback that it plans to release as a production vehicle in the near future. In overall size and shape, the Scion iM Concept recalls the recently departed Toyota Matrix, but with a more-aggressive look.

2014 Mazda 6

With a 16.4-gallon fuel tank, and averaging over 30 mpg, the fuel gauge of Consumer Guide’s long-term Mazda 6 often reads near “full.”

We don’t trust the trip computers in our test cars. It is for that reason that Consumer Guide has always purchased our own fuel for test cars. There’s simply no better way to gauge the mileage of a vehicle than to actually measure the fuel being used.

2014 Scion FR-S

Consumer Guide’s test 2014 Scion FR-S arrived modestly equipped, listing for $27,534 including options and destination charge.

2014 Scion FR-S

Miles Driven: 296

Fuel Used: 9.3 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 31.8 mpg


No french curves were harmed in the designing of the 1987 Toyota Tercel Wagon.

Forget everything you’ve ever heard about eggs being perfectly shaped. Sure, an egg boasts one of nature’s most aerodynamic silhouettes, obviously well suited to negotiate the labyrinthine inner workings of a chicken, but have you ever tried to stack eggs? 


Our test 2014 Scion tC came shod with $2199 worth of optional TRD alloy wheels.

2014 Scion tC

Miles Driven: 615


2014 Scion tC

See Consumer Guide’s review of the 2013 Scion tC.

Toyota’s youth-oriented division unveiled a significantly freshened version of its best-selling car at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The 2014 Scion tC was also joined by a collection of new limited-edition models designed to celebrate the brand’s 10th anniversary.