Posts from ‘Scion’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Miles Driven: 296
Fuel Used: 9.3 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 31.8 mpg
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?
2014 Scion tC
Miles Driven: 615
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.