Bought the Scion iA in 2016. Loved it initially. Seemed like a good value and gas mileage was great. It’s a compact car so wasn’t expecting it to be full of luxury features. However, now with less than 30,000 miles it had developed some sort of major transmission-related issue. Intermittently, the car will not be drivable and/or experience some sort of loss of power which causes it to stall out or die in traffic. I’m concerned that this issue will lead to a potential accident as I cannot predict when it will happen next. We have taken it to Dan Wolf Toyota of Naperville (IL) and they say they cannot duplicate the problems. Except, the fact that the car stalled while their porter was driving it, but they can’t duplicate the problem. Therefore, they refuse to fix the car. They’ve kept the car for 3 weeks on two occasions and still can’t pinpoint the problem. The last time the car died, I had it towed to them costing me $160. They say corporate will not allow them to replace the transmission for an intermittent problem. Buyer beware! Same car is now being sold under the Toyota brand calling it a Yaris iA.
I purchased this car in May of 2016 and currently have about 28000 Miles on it. The IA is very dependable and gets amazing fuel economy for a non-hybrid. Currently I'm averaging 42-45mpg on mostly highway driving and driving conservatively. This number will go up to about 50 when the weather gets warmer. I love the little car, it can fit in small spaces, handles pretty well and saves a lot of money at the pump. The only drawbacks of the car are: no satellite radio, the factory tires are loud, have poor wet traction and already need replacing; they are also the only tire made in the factory size 185/60R16 so you'll have to go with a different size if you want a quality tire, and lastly the ride can sometimes be kind of harsh due to the short wheelbase. Overall it is a good car though and I plan on having it for many years to come.
Bought the car for my wife, to replace a 2000 Corolla with 300,000+ miles. As a nurse my wife drives 100 miles a day. Mileage was very important, as well as reliability. Did not want a hybrid. She has an affinity for manual shift cars, as was the Toyota Corolla this car was to replace. After a year and almost 30,000 miles, we are very pleased. I check the mileage every fill-up (religiously). This car, with 6 speed manual shift, gets consistently 42 mpg. Have been getting 39 to 40 around town. No tire smoking power here, but reasonable performance esp with manual shift. Great handling and smooth close shifting with standard trans. Has a bit of a sporty ride that's more bumpy than my Camry. Superb wet weather handling. I was very impressed how well it tracked through puddles on rainy days. It is well equipped for the price range. Added the data card for GPS navigation for $400 dollars. Received the nav card via mail in 2 weeks, with simple installation. $400 might be a bit much for nav, but it beats having to buy a $1,500 package just to get it. The Toyota brand has always been a home run for us. We have owned several Toyotas and have put many trouble free miles on them. So it's both Toyota and Mazda... No problem here. Great economical car for the price.
This is a great commuter car or a would make a great first car. It handles nicely and sports mode gives it nice zip for 106 hp. Driving it to and from work is really enjoyable, for me this is the best part of the car. You also have the option to get great MPG depending on your driving. The trunk is surprisingly big and the build materials aregreat for such a low priced car. 7 inch Navigation ( Got SD card for cheap off internet) is great also lots of hacks you can do to add Android auto or Apple car play (Just do a google search) .
Toyota did not make it. Toyota has a deal with Mazda to have Mazda make it in Mexico. That is why your VIN number has a M in it (Mexico). Wanted Toyota Reliablity , hopefully Mazda builds reliable cars. Do not know what kind of reliablity the IA has because it is a new model (in the US). Cannot find info on how reliable it is in other countries. Toyota now sells them as a Yaris IA. Tires are an oddball size so finding them is a chore. For an econobox it looks sporty. Great gas mileage. If you are concerned about the lack of power press the sport mode lever which is below the gearshift, but I am guessing that fuel economy will suffer.Update 2/19/17 it is a commuter car. 18000 miles and the tires show little wear. Changing the oil is not that bad, it is expensive if you take it to a shop because the engine requires synthetic oil. Happy so far.