Scion iA and iM Inject Life into the Entry Level

Since its inception in 2002, Scion has worked to target the young car-buying masses – a customer base that is complex and a bullseye which is constantly in motion. The road hasn't always been easy, but the latest entries into the Scion lineup suggest that Toyota's youth brand is back on its feet... and then some.  Meet the 2016 Scion iA sedan and iM five-door hatchback. Befitting Scion's modus operandi, both are reasonably priced – iA starting in the $16,000 range and iM at under $20,000 – and both include a slew of standard and optional equipment. Both are also mechanically based on other cars, and that could be a great, great thing. RELATED: See more photos of the new 2016 Scion iA sedan For Toyota buyers, the iM marks the effective return of the Corolla wagon to the US market. Under the skin, the iM shares its mechanicals with Toyota's Euro-market Auris hatchback – offering five doors, a double wishbone suspension in the rear, 17-inch wheels, backup camera, and a compelling infotainment system as standard. Beneath the hood you'll find a Toyota 1.8-liter four-cylinder, which puts out 137 horsepower and shifts it to your choice of a six-speed manual or CVT transmission. The sportily styled hatch probably won't poach any Volkswagen GTI or Ford Focus ST buyers, but it does appear to offer good value for money. RELATED: See more photos of the 2016 Scion iM hatchback The four-door iA marks the brand's first ever sedan, and sheds light on Toyota's partnership with Mazda (iA will be built at Mazda's Salamanca plant). Yes, peel back the layers and you'll find the underpinnings of the new Mazda 2. That means Mazda's super efficient Skyactiv 1.5-liter engine plants itself under the hood, good for 106 horsepower and 42 mpg highway, and mates itself to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Like the iM, many features come as standard such as 16-inch alloy wheels, a collision warning system, rear backup camera, and 7-inch infotainment screen. Styling on both cars is sharp and agreeable, and if you're both young and looking for a new set of wheels in 2015... you're in luck. Scion says the 2016 iA and iM roll into showrooms this fall. VIDEO: Watch this 600hp Scion FR-S drift up a mountain  

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