Subscribe:
Chilton’s Repair:
Sponsored Ads:
Car Charger:
Sponsored Ads:
AutoBarn.com:
Auto Europe:
SuperTune Auto Parts:
B&M 80641 Universal Auto / Automatic Trans Aluminum T-Handle Shift Knob
$28.48
End Date: Thursday Apr-13-2017 21:32:49 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $28.48
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MOTORCYCLE AND AUTO VALVE LAPPING COMPOUND 600 GRIT
$9.25
End Date: Tuesday Apr-11-2017 11:07:05 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.25
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

RaceQuip 351005 Large 1-Layer Black Auto Racing Driving Gloves Nomex SFI Rated
$39.95
End Date: Tuesday Mar-28-2017 14:27:41 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Auto Metal Direct 400-3567 Steel Floor Pan - Full 1967-69 Camaro/Firebird
$377.99
End Date: Thursday Mar-30-2017 14:49:03 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $377.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MOTORCYCLE AND AUTO VALVE LAPPING COMPOUND 320 GRIT
$5.75
End Date: Tuesday Apr-11-2017 13:10:02 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $5.75
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Auto Metal Direct 925-4067-1 Tail Gate 1967-72 Chevy/GMC Fleetside
$152.99
End Date: Tuesday Apr-18-2017 4:39:33 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $152.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Fitting Adapter NPT 1/8" Female Metric M12X1.5 Male Replace auto meter 2277 _5P
$8.98
End Date: Tuesday Apr-11-2017 10:46:15 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $8.98
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Auto Meter 5291 Speedometer Sender GM/Chrysler
$91.95
End Date: Friday Mar-31-2017 15:44:09 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $91.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

B&M 46110 White Universal Shifter Shift Knob (Auto / Manual)
$25.09
End Date: Wednesday Apr-19-2017 22:42:52 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25.09
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Auto Metal Direct 350-4067 Radiator Core Support
$179.99
End Date: Monday Apr-10-2017 4:34:12 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $179.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

PostHeaderIcon The Toyota iM is an Odd Little Car

This week I’m driving the 2017 Toyota iM, you know, the rebadged Scion iM that survived the death of Toyota’s funky youth brand. The little car is proving to be rather fun to drive, mostly thanks to its six-speed manual transmission, light clutch, and very noticeable light weight. The iM has also proved itself to be incredibly practical, offering tons of cargo room in its hatchback body. But those can’t cover some oddities baked into the iM’s inherent inexpensiveness.

For starters, the infotainment system is the exact same unit shared by the Toyota 86 (yet another Scion survivor), the C-HR, and the iM. Selecting the small gear-like button pulls up a menu screen that should be labeled “Home.” Well, one of the soft-key buttons says “Vehicle.” But rather than being a settings and preference page, it literally gives all the vehicles this infotainment system can be programmed for. The choices include all the vehicles above, along with “Other,” just incase Toyota develops a new vehicle within the next five years that needs a generic infotainment system.

Other indicators of the iM’s $19,615 as-tested price is the digital clock. It looks like the same digital clock found every Toyota product 15 years ago. Granted, Toyota has moved away from this clock in most of its newer stuff, but boy, this clock not only tell the time, but also the decade.

Another telltale sign of having no option packages are the numerous block-out panels on the dashboard. They forever remind the owner of options not chosen or those simply not offered on the iM – at any price. There are two in the cubby hole in below the center stack, and another two just left of the steering wheel.

Last but not least is an interesting observation. Trying to adjust the backlighting brightness of the gauge cluster is, well, a cluster. Believe it or not, you’ve got to press the TRIP button on the steering wheel. Press two times to see the two tripometers. Press it a third time and you’ll see a blue bar indicating the brightness level of the backlighting. Then press and hold the TRIP button in order to cycle through the preset brightness levels. That were you thinking, Toyota?!

Ranting aside, I really do like the Toyota iM. It’s priced well against its competitors, it gets and EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway, and it comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. There’s certainly a lot to love. You’ll just have to get past the few “interesting” quirks.

Oh, and I’ve lovingly named my tester, “Snot Rocket.” I feel it’s appropriate given its color.


Comments are closed.

TiresDirect
SuperTune Kit:
Auto Auctions:
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE LT 7SPD REAR CAM 31K MI #122344 Texas Direct
$40,100.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 18:45:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $46,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1975 Ford Other 2 door coupe 1975=FORD MAVERICK V8-302-c.i.- 2 door - Automatic Transmission
$2,500.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 11:20:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Ford Other Pickups XLT - 4 DOOR 2015 FORD F650 XLT DIESEL TRUCK - SUPER NICE TRUCK - SHOWROOM CONDITION
$84,600.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-13-2017 12:15:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $84,600.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2013 FORD MUSTANG GT PREMIUM 5.0L 6SPD LEATHER 20'S 13K #284331 Texas Direct
$25,480.00
End Date: Monday Mar-27-2017 17:05:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25,480.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2016 Ford F-150 XLT 2016 FORD F-150 XLT 4X4 XTR BRAND NEW LIFT WITH NEW TIRES AND RIMS
$10,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Apr-3-2017 13:24:47 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $41,900.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible 2-Door 2016 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS CONVERTIBLE NAV HUD CLIMATE SEATS #179561 Texas Direct
$39,980.00
End Date: Friday Mar-31-2017 16:49:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39,980.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Convertible 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51 2LT CONVERTIBLE NAV 8K #131224 Texas Direct
$39,000.00 (49 Bids)
End Date: Monday Mar-27-2017 17:12:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $52,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door Ford Mustang GT
$24,100.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 16:34:03 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $29,500.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1979 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 1979 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona wide Body
$16,000.00
End Date: Thursday Mar-30-2017 13:27:50 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle 2 DOOR COUPE 1970 CHEVELLE /ORIGINAL OWNER /MATCHING NUMBERS V8 CAR
$5,000.00
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 11:06:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $5,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Coupe 2-Door 2013 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 302 5.0 6-SPD RECARO 19'S 9K MI #254934 Texas Direct Auto
$22,300.00 (50 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Mar-28-2017 19:15:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $33,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Ford F-150 2015 FORD F150 KING RANCH CREW FX4 4X4 ECOBOOST NAV 18K #B47536 Texas Direct
$2,550.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Friday Mar-31-2017 16:25:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $46,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CAMARO Z28 505 HP 6-SPEED RECARO 19'S 12K MI #700145 Texas Direct
$12,100.00 (26 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 13:30:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $44,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2014 Ford F-150 FX4 2014 FORD F150 FX4 - 4X4 - CREW CAB - 5.0L V8 - LOW MILES - EXCELLENT CONDITION
$27,900.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Mar-27-2017 19:00:12 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2001 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 2001 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 3.8L
$2,025.00 (29 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Mar-28-2017 9:26:14 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2014 BMW 5-Series Base Sedan 4-Door 2014 BMW 550I XDRIVE AWD M-SPORT SUNROOF NAV HUD 32K MI #Z34856 Texas Direct
$16,500.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 16:46:34 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $41,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2014 Chevrolet SS Base Sedan 4-Door 2014 Chevrolet SS Sedan 6.2L RARE FIND!
$33,000.00
End Date: Tuesday Mar-28-2017 18:42:56 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $33,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2014 Ford F-150 2014 FORD F-150 FX4 CREW 4X4 ECOBOOST SUNROOF NAV 20'S! #F45717 Texas Direct
$1.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 21:04:53 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $36,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe 2-Door Roush Stage 2 Mustang
$35,500.00
End Date: Friday Mar-31-2017 4:16:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $35,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2005 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2005 (SALEEN S281 SC) Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 4.6L
$60,000.00
End Date: Saturday Apr-15-2017 10:27:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $60,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2016 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe 2-Door 2016 Ford Mustang GT Premium Roush Stage 2 Supercharged 750hp
$39,500.00
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 15:02:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Base Sedan 4-Door 2015 MERCEDES-BENZ C63 S AMG EDITION 1 BI-TURBO NAV 13K #074676 Texas Direct
$68,980.00
End Date: Friday Mar-31-2017 15:40:53 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $68,980.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1996 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 1996 Chevrolet Corvette, 14k actual miles! TRADES/OFFERS?
$10,700.00 (26 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 11:56:07 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1967 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
$60,100.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 18:26:16 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Base Sedan 4-Door 2015 MERCEDES-BENZ S550 PANO SUNROOF NAV REAR CAM 25K #089451 Texas Direct Auto
$30,600.00 (43 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Mar-28-2017 15:37:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $64,780.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1972 Chevrolet Camaro Base Coupe 2-Door 72 Camaro Track Day Car/Street Legal/Race Car
$8,101.00 (10 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Mar-26-2017 16:01:43 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Ford F-150 2015 FORD F-150 KING RANCH 4X4 5.0 PANO ROOF NAV 16K MI #B61173 Texas Direct
$8,100.00 (43 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-30-2017 16:36:12 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $47,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Crew Cab Pickup 4-Door 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor 802a Pkg. Magnetic Grey with Graphics In Stock Now!
$89,350.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-6-2017 14:48:34 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $89,350.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base Convertible 2-Door 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base Convertible 2-Door 5.7L
$19,100.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 18:17:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $26,995.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1993 Ford Mustang Coupe 2 Door 1993 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 Foxbody Coupe
$5,900.00
End Date: Monday Mar-27-2017 13:40:28 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $5,900.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Dietrich Web Consulting