The 2016 Scion iA is a new compact sedan in the Scion’s U.S. lineup. However, it’s not an entirely new car, because it’s actually the Mazda 2 sedan redesigned by Scion for the U.S. market. The Mazda 2 will not make appearance in the U.S. market.
In comparison to other similar subcompact sedans, the Scion iA is a bit smaller.
The vehicle is 171.1” long, which comes about 2” shorter than the Ford Fiesta; the iA is about an inch narrower than the Fiesta and the Sonic. But the iA is almost 2” longer in the wheelbase (101.2”) than the Sonic and even 3” longer than the Fiesta.
The 2016 Scion iA’s trademark is a massive, dominant trapezoidal grille on the front fascia. The entire bodywork has been shaped geometrically.
In profile, the car bears a striking resemblance to the forthcoming Mazda 2, which can be noticed in the sculpting of fender lines that flow in gentle arcs over the front and rear wheels.
The vehicle is equipped with 16” alloy wheels.
2016 Scion iA Interior
The 2016 iA’s soft-touch interior trim provides decent comfort for the driver and the passengers.
There is more than enough headroom and legroom for the front passenger and the driver, but tall rear passengers might have trouble with space, especially with legroom when the front seats are adjusted for tall passengers. Although there are three seatbelts in the back, there is actually enough space for only two adults. The rear sear folds flat with a 60/40 split and provides space for an incredibly large trunk.
The dashboard comes with a big 7” touchscreen display which serves as the hub for a 6-speakers multimedia system with 2 USB ports and an auxiliary input.
As for the standard equipment, the vehicle comes with power windows, locks, mirrors and air conditioning. The premium trim includes features like a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, Bluetooth, cruise control, keyless entry, push-button start, and a rearview camera.
Every iA comes with Scion Service Boost, which covers normal scheduled maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles and provides roadside assistance for two years.
Engine and performance
Under the hood, the Scion iA 2016 has a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine delivering 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque.
Most customers (90%) will probably opt for the 6-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode that does actually keep revs up near 4,000. 10% of the customers are expected to choose the 6-speed manual transmission, which is a delight to operate.
Estimated fuel economy is 31/41/35 mpg with the manual, whereas with the automatic it is 33/42/37 mpg.
Price and release date
The new 2016 Scion iA will cost $15,700 with the manual transmission, and the one with automatic transmission will cost $16,800. According to the official information, the 2016 Scion iA should arrive at dealerships on 1st September 2015.