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The iA is Scion's first four-door model ever. It's a subcompact sedan competing with the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic and Nissan Versa, among others. 

The iA arrived on the market as a 2016 model. It's essentially a sedan version of the Mazda 2 hatchback no longer sold in the United States; it's assembled alongside the Mazda in Mexico. The iA will be folded into parent-company Toyota when Scion ends business in the States later this year.

MORE: See our 2016 Scion iA review

Size-wise, the iA occupies the same space as the xA and xD hatchbacks it succeeds. The iA is a bit more spacious inside, as it’s built on a 101.2-inch wheelbase and is nearly 172 inches long—roughly the same as those rival four-door models, but with enough seating space for five. 

As with most sedans this small, the proportions are less than ideal, but they result in a reasonably sized back seat that could be good enough for adults for short stints, as well as a reasonably large trunk (with 60/40-split seatbacks that fold flat when needed).

With a cockpit-like gauge layout and round vents, combined with a horizontal dash and standalone infotainment screen, the iA looks engaging inside, combining the brand's dual missions of sporty cues and driving manners with a focus on individualism, in a well-equipped and feature-oriented small car. Most of the interior is carried over from the Mazda, as is the exterior styling—save for details in the front and rear.

A Mazda 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides power, making 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a choice between a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions. Otherwise, the iA is quite conventionally laid out for a small, economical sedan, with a steel body; struts in front and a torsion-beam suspension in back; and a front-disc, rear-drum brake setup. Yet with a ground-up new design, and engineering done by Mazda, the Scion iA manages a very low curb weight—around 2,400 pounds—which makes it very maneuverable for city driving. Fuel economy ratings are impressive, too, ranging up to 33/42 mpg, city/highway.

The iA starts in the $16,000 range and includes a long list of standard equipment (as is Scion tradition) with no factory options ,but a long list of customization and accessory options available from dealers. Among those standard features are air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, push-button start, a rear defogger, tilt/telescopic steering, alloy wheels, and a touch-screen audio system that includes Bluetooth audio and calling plus voice controls and compatibility for several music-streaming apps. The iA will come with a rearview camera as well, plus Scion’s first active-safety system, a low-speed pre-collision system that uses a laser sensor.

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March 4, 2017
2016 Scion iA 4-Door Sedan Automatic (SE)

Inexpensive, but not cheap

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I've had this car about a year now, and although it's not a luxury car and it looks ridiculous, it gets the job done. It gets good mileage, has bluetooth, has a nice map that shows you how busy the freeways... + More »
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July 27, 2016
2016 Scion iA 4-Door Sedan Automatic (Natl)

Never Again

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I do not like this car one bit. I only use it to run around town in and a few times on the highway. I guess I've been spoiled by cars that have many more features. This car only has one back seat pocket. No AC... + More »
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April 11, 2016
2016 Scion iA 4-Door Sedan Automatic (Natl)

Great riding, comfortable commuter car (only 1 week old) with superior safety features plus a HD radio w/7in display and 6 speakers that no other subcompact car can come close to!

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I love it. It comes standard with 16 in allow wheels, keyless entry and push button start, forward collision and breaking. Cruise control, radio and Bluetooth control are located on steering wheel plus a round... + More »
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