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2016 Scion iA

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/3/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2016

The 2016 Scion iA is a new addition to the Scion range and will be the brand's entry-level model.

Vehicle Summary

Essentially a rebadged Mazda2 sedan, the 2016 Scion iA is a subcompact four-door that's powered by a 1.5-liter I-4 rated at 106 hp and 104 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual or automatic transmission is available. Scion predicts that the 2016 iA will be rated at 33/42 mpg city/highway with the automatic and 31/41 mpg with the manual.


As Scion's first sedan, the 2016 iA promises to be a great value in its segment, offering a standard seven-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, two USB ports, and low-speed pre-collision safety system. Navigation is available as a dealer-installed accessory along with a host of other extras that enable buyers to customize their iA according to their liking. For those looking to use the car to carry cargo, the iA comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seats to expand the trunk. The standard infotainment system—which is a decontented version of Mazda Connect—also has some smartphone app capability, allowing owners to stream internet radio stations such as Pandora, Aha, and Stitcher via Bluetooth.

Since it's essentially a Mazda2 sedan with a different front end, expect driving dynamics to be a strong point in the 2016 iA. A chassis setup featuring multilink front and torsion-beam rear suspensions along with a more rigid body ensures that the car is agile and easy to maneuver in small, tight spaces. Additionally, the Mazda Skyactiv underpinnings ensure a lightweight vehicle, with a listed curb weight of 2,385 pounds with the manual and 2,416 pounds with the automatic.

You'll Like

  • Essentially a reskinned Mazda2 sedan
  • Excellent projected fuel economy
  • Available with features not often found on entry-level subcompacts

You Won't Like

  • Polarizing front styling

Key Competitors

  • Honda Fit
  • Nissan Versa/Versa Note
  • Chevrolet Sonic
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Hyundai Accent


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