Scion iA

Making its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the Scion iA is derived from the fourth-generation Masda Demio/Mazda2. Scion’s plan with the new iA is to breathe new life back into the Scion lineup, which has been slowly diminishing over the past few years, even with the addition of the FR-S. Because this is the result of collaborations between Mazda and Scion, it allowed for the vehicle to be stylish, affordable and efficient as a subcompact sedan. Base MSRP $16,000


Other than the front bumper/fascia and the revised headlights, the Scion iA is identical to the Mazda2 Sedan. It is clear to see Mazda’s influence on the iA, with the sharp angles at the front and smooth arching curves in the wheel arches. Good news for Scion is that the four-door version of the next-generation Mazda2 will not be available for purchase in the United States, meaning that if we wanted to get out hands on it, then we are going to have to make a trip to a local Toyota/Scion dealership. The aggressive front fascia screams Scion, while the rest of the car is all Mazda.


Similar to the exterior, the interior is a direct carryover from the 2016 Mazda2 Sedan. In front of the driver, a three-pod gauge cluster and three-spoke steering wheel help to add a sportier feel to this compact sedan. Premium features include a center display screen, giving the cabin a more upscale look. The iA offers split folding rear seats and plenty of leg and headroom for the passengers.


Under the hood of what Scion calls its “sports sedan” sits a 1.5-liter inline-four cylinder engine making 106 horsepower. I am not so sure that “Sports Sedan” is the right term to classify this car. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic, the Scion iA will get to 60 mph form a stop in around 10 seconds, so don’t expect to be blowing anyone’s hair back.


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