2016 Scion iM vs. Its Competition

2016 Scion iM

The Volkswagen Golf is currently setting the compact hatchback standard for interior space, though it's met its dynamic match in the form of the Ford Focus and Mazda 3.

The Ford Focus offers superior road manners and a hugely fun turbocharged ST edition, as well as a frugal 3-cylinder option.

The Mazda 3 is lauded for its excellent driving dynamics, and it's distantly related to the Focus; it has a beautiful shape that just chews up rear-seat head room, unfortunately.

The Subaru Impreza puts a rugged spin on fashion and adds all-wheel drive to the mix, but it's a bit dowdy in shape and plain in execution.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Scion iM looks the part of the youth-oriented sporty hatchback, but doesn't drive the part.
From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, the 2016 Ford Focus remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving and best-looking small cars, with a more premium feel than its (now even lower) price might suggest.
The 2016 Subaru Impreza is the compact car to choose when you require all-wheel drive for year-round traction but don't want or need the gas-mileage hit that comes with boxy SUVs and rugged trail ability.
Between base, e-Golf electric, and high-performance GTI and Golf R versions, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf lineup doesn't forget about the space-and-versatility fundamentals of hatchback—or SportWagen—ownership.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
5-Door HB Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Manual 2.0i2-Door HB Manual TSI
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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