In the February issue of Consumer Reports, they published their test of the new Scion iM, which is essentially a shortened wagon/hatchback version of the Corolla.
On the plus side, the iM has an independent double-wishbone rear suspension in place of the Corolla’s sold beam rear suspension, thus giving the iM very good handling. It also delivers a “respectable” 31 mpg, overall, and–like all Scions–is relatively well-equipped for the price.
On the negative side, the iM’s acceleration is described as “lackluster”, and they compare it unfavorably with the available power of the competing Mazda 3.
CR’s really negative comments were in regard to the CVT, and the ride quality. The hatchback provides good access for carrying bulky cargo, but the cargo area is narrowed by the mounting points for the rear suspension.
So, like all cars, it is a mix of positives and negatives, but overall they conclude that it is likely to be reliable and to be a good “first car or urban runabout” for somebody who isn’t concerned with having great acceleration.
They certainly liked the iM a lot better than the other “new” vehicle that they recently tested, namely the Mitsubishi Outlander–which they nicknamed the Mitsubishi Outdated!