2016 Scion IA Zoom-Zooms Into Reality

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

There’s a tiny new Scion headed to dealerships this year. It’s called the iA and it’s the company’s first-ever sedan.

But if you’re thinking it looks an awful lot like another car, you’re right because this is actually a re-badged Mazda2. Toyota formed an alliance with Mazda, giving Scion some sorely needed new product in order to market a re-badged version of their new sub-compact, which explains the oh-so-KODO body lines, tail lights and interior pieces.

It gets a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 106 hp to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. According to the company, it should be capable of returning up to 33 MPG in city driving, 42 on the highway or 37 MPG on the whole.

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Scion’s scheme hasn’t changed; they’re all about selling a single trim to keep things simple and eliminate the need for its customers to haggle with the sales staff. Accordingly, the iA comes outfitted with a list of standard features that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, push-button ignition and a pre-collision system meant to help you avoid fender benders.

There’s also a seven-inch infotainment screen linked to a control knob sitting behind the cup holders. It’s all very Mazda-like, which is hardly a bad thing. So far, the latest crop of products is proving to be far more premium feeling than the products they compete directly with. The only question left is whether you will be better off buying one from Mazda or Scion when they arrive at dealerships.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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  • Alpha old school Alpha old school on Apr 02, 2015

    It looks more like an updated Yaris sedan that Toyota stopped sending or making after 2011.That engine would be the same that's in the present Yaris now.

    • Jorge marte Jorge marte on Apr 05, 2015

      Thats exactly what it is they took it from the toyota lineup to boost scion sales cause it was Toyota's best seller.To me Scion is just that an over priced toyota that is why sales are slacking.

  • D3w3y D3w3y on Apr 08, 2015

    Ugly. I hate it.