2016 Scion iA

Pros: Excellent fuel economy; spritely handling; generous level of standard equipment for the money, including some rare-for-the-class features

Cons: Middling acceleration; limited back-seat room; polarizing front-end styling

CG Says: Toyota’s youth-market brand introduces its first-ever sedan for 2016. The Scion iA is a subcompact-sized 4-door sedan that is essentially a rebadged, restyled version of the 2016 Mazda 2 sedan. (Mazda has elected to not offer the 2016 Mazda 2 sedan or hatchback in the U.S. market, at least for the time being.) True to Scion tradition, the iA comes as a “mono-spec” vehicle; besides paint color, the only options are manual or automatic transmission and dealer-accessory-type add-ons. Thankfully, the iA comes surprisingly well-equipped—its standard features include keyless entry with push-button start, a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and even a low-speed collision warning and mitigation system. The collision mitigation system is capable of automatically applying the brakes at speeds under 18 mph. The Scion iA is a compelling new entry into the subcompact market that offers competitive pricing, a nimble driving personality, pleasant interior trimmings, and an impressive level of standard features. It’s a must-see in its class.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mazda
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices iA, manual: $15,700
iA, automatic: $16,800

Base Engine
1.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
106
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
31-33
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
41-42

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2016 Scion iA