What Is It?
The 2016 Scion iA is a subcompact, four-door sedan — the first such car from Toyota's youth-oriented brand. It promises fun-to-drive dynamics, strong fuel economy and excellent value courtesy of a generous standard features list and a price in "the $16,000 range."
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Scion iA is an all-new model. It does not replace an existing vehicle in the Scion lineup, although it does, in a way, fill the gap left by the old Toyota Yaris sedan.
When Does It Go on Sale?
As it is a 2016 model year vehicle, we expect the iA to arrive in dealerships in the fall.
How Much Does It Cost?
Scion did not specify the exact cost, but did say it would be about $16,000. Like other Scions, though, there is only one trim level and no factory options beyond color and transmission.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Although we do not have a complete standard features list, we do know every 2016 iA will include full power accessories, cruise control, keyless ignition and entry (with push-button start), a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding backseat, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, voice recognition features, Bluetooth, two USB ports, an auxiliary audio jack, various Internet radio controls (Pandora, Aha and Stitcher) and a six-speaker stereo. Navigation system software can be added as a dealer-installed option.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The iA stands out from others in terms of safety. A rearview camera comes standard along with a low-speed pre-collision system that utilizes a laser sensor to help the driver detect and avoid potential accidents and then minimize the damage should a collision be unavoidable. This type of technology would be noteworthy if it were an option in the subcompact car class, let alone standard.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
The Scion iA comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for a modest 106 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Toyota is estimating fuel economy of 37 mpg combined (33 city/42 highway).
What Warranty Does It Include?
The Scion iA will include the same warranty offered on Toyota vehicles: three years/36,000 miles for basic coverage and five years/60,000 miles for powertrain coverage. Perhaps most notably, scheduled maintenance is covered for two years/25,000 miles.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Fiesta: The Fiesta is one of Edmunds' "A"-rated subcompact cars, available in sedan and hatchback body styles. It offers sharp handling, a relatively high-end cabin, lots of available features, strong engines and distinctive style.
Honda Fit: Although it is only available as a hatchback, any subcompact car shopper would be wise to consider it. The hatchback conceals unmatched cargo and passenger space, while well-balanced driving dynamics, excellent fuel efficiency and surprisingly strong acceleration round out its benefits.
Hyundai Accent: Also available as a sedan or hatchback, this is another "A"-rated subcompact. It offers strong value, a lengthy warranty, easy-to-use controls, a comfortable cabin and a surprisingly fun driving experience.
Should You Wait for It?The generous feature content and no-hassle buying experience offered by Scion are certainly big reasons to consider putting your subcompact sedan shopping on hold for a few months.