2016 Scion iA

You’ve probably heard the news that the Scion brand will transition to Toyota starting with model year 2017. Scion was established as a separate brand in 2003 to appeal to younger car buyers, and to a certain extent Toyota attained that. This transition will not affect the 2016 cars, including the 2016 Scion iA, which is an incredible value starting at $17,595. The Scion iA is a collaboration between Toyota and Mazda, which explains why it offers plenty of Zoom Zoom.

The standard features in the Scion iA are plentiful and attractive to its core audience, including 16-inch alloy wheels, split-fold rear seats, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, infotainment with voice recognition and Bluetooth, and a rearview camera.

The Scion iA is peppy in traffic and we recommend the six-speed manual for its short throws, precise gates and light clutch. If manual is not your thing, the Scion iA offers an excellent six-speed automatic, which allows the torque converter to do its thing at launch to smooth takeoff before locking it for crisp, direct shifts. There’s also a Sport shift mode, activated via a toggle switch at the base of the shifter.

The small cabin has impressive features for a budget car, including a motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster, a sweet, three-spoke Mazda steering wheel and a 7-inch touchscreen monitor that looks like a tablet jammed into the dashboard top. The infotainment system offers sharp graphics and an easy-to-use interface.

In summary, the 2016 Scion iA is a budget-friendly compact sedan aiming for fun driving and current technology as its appeal points. At its core, the iA is the sedan version of the lively Mazda 2 hatchback, which is not sold in the US. We like the iA’s compelling packaging, sophisticated equipment and outstanding dynamics. The Scion iA is one of the best compact entry-level cars you can buy today.

Vital Stats:

  • Engine: 1.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder
  • Performance: 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode.
  • Zero to 60 mph: 9.8 seconds
  • MPG: 33 city/42 hwy
  • ​Price as tested: $17,570

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