2016 Scion iA FIRST LOOK
2016 Scion iA FIRST LOOK by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
For all of the quirky designs Scion has introduced over the years a traditional 4-door sedan has never been part of the formula. But for the 2016 model year the brand’s first car with a trunk debuts as the Scion iA.
Don’t worry, the rear seats 60/40 splitfold to carry even more stuff. Joining the new iM hatchback, the iA follows suite by being offered in one well-equipped mono-spec model with a price point attractive to first time new car buyers: in the $16,000 range. Built with the help of their partner Mazda, the iA comes with a 1.5-liter, 106-horsepower 4-cylinder engine which is started with a push of a button. Six gears do the work in either stick shift or automatic form delivering an estimated 33mpg city/42mpg highway.
A MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam in the rear have been tuned for a balance of sporty handling and comfortable ride. A high-strength structure underpins a car that prioritizes safety, equipped with front side airbags, curtain airbags and even a standard low-speed pre-collision system that uses a laser sensor to avoid collisions and to help minimize damage in the event of an accident.
A rear view back-up camera is also standard. And to accentuate its value, the iA comes standard with a 7” touchscreen Display Audio system with Pandora, Aha and Stitcher, 2 USB ports and voice recognition. As is typical with Scion, a full range of dealer-installed accessories awaits the buyer who wants to personalize.