|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2016 Scion iA
|Sedan||1.5L I-4||FWD||6A||9.1 sec||17.1 sec @ 82 mph||33/42/36 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sedan||1.5L I-4||FWD||6M||9.0 sec||17.0 sec @ 83 mph||31/41/32 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sedan||1.5L I-4||FWD||6M||8.9 sec||16.8 sec @ 81.9 mph||31/41/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sedan||1.5L I-4||FWD||6M||9.3 sec||17.1 sec @ 81.8 mph||31/41/39 mpg||Motor Trend|
About Scion iA
The Scion iA is a four-door sedan with a very affordable price tag. But look closer at its specs and you will surely be surprised at how reasonably priced this sedan is. Even more intriguing is the fact that Scion gave it with an impressive range of equipment with an awesome fuel efficiency rating of 33 MPG for city driving and 42 MPG for highway driving.
The Scion iA is based on the Mazda2 sedan and powered by a DOHC 16 valve inline-4, direct fuel injection engine. With a price tag of around $17,000, the Scion iA is perhaps the most practical choice for any motorist looking for a car that gives the best bang for the buck.
- Engine Type: DOHC 16-valve inline-4 direct fuel injection
- Displacement: 91 cu. in. 1496 cc
- Power: 106 horsepower at 6000 rpm
- Torque: 103 pound-feet at 4000 rpm
- Transmission: 6 speed manual
- Fuel Efficiency Ratings: 33 mpg city driving, 42 mpg highway, 37 mpg combined
- MSRP: $16,500
With fuel prices a constant concern for budget-conscious motorists, the Scion iA is one car you’d want to drive in these times. This is one of the most fuel-efficient cars that you can find in the market, with a 33 mpg rating for city driving and 42 mpg for highway driving.
If you’ve driven any Mazda car before, you may notice that the Scion iA has a smoother and quieter engine than any of the large four-cylinder engines of the Japanese brand. Given that it only has 106 horsepower, the engine can push the car to zoom to 60 miles per hour in around 8.9 seconds.
But it has the same driving qualities that motorists have loved with Mazda cars—excellent steering, handling and superior ride quality.
These qualities make the Scion iA a great car for the typical driver, as he/she can be more confident on the road. Any driver will have this impression that the iA will be able to easily swerve around an object. It also helps that the brakes feel trustworthy.
When speeding on the highway, the cabin of the iA is quiet with detectable amount of road and wind noise
Exterior and Interior
When compared to other compact sedans like the Ford Fiesta, the Scion iA is noticeably smaller. Its body measuring about 171 inches is around 2 inches shorter than the Fiesta, and it is an inch narrower than the Chevrolet Sonic. But its wheelbase is two inches longer than that of the Sonic, and around 3 inches longer than that of the Fiesta. This means it has 3 inches more legroom in the rear seats compared to the Ford sedan.
Sure, the face of this car won’t elicit oohhs and ahhs from your friends, but that’s about the only thing bad that you can say about the looks of the Scion iA.
Go inside the car and you’ll see how well-equipped this sedan is. There are a lot of features in this well-appointed, five-seater car that should impress demanding but budget-constrained buyers.
There’s the multifunction steering wheel that is placed on top of a tilt/telescoping column and a height adjustable driver’s seat. The rear seats can fold flat so that you can bring in boxes or any other stuff on this car. Suffice to say, there’s enough room for adults and children at the rear seats.
The interiors of the iA are far from that of the Mazda CX-3 crossover, apart from the badge on the steering wheel and the graphics you would see on the speedometer.
The Scion iA has standard features like power windows, locks, and mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, pushbutton starting, remote keyless entry, and rear view camera. For the infotainment side, it has a six-speaker Display Audio sound system complemented by a 7 inch touch screen display. There’s also Voice Recognition, USB ports, Bluetooth integration, and AUX jack.
Aside from the standard safety features such as front and read head airbags, and dual front side mounted airbags, among others, the Scion iA has a standard low speed frontal collision warning. It also has an automatic braking system.
To date, there’s still no crash testing done on the Scion iA by either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of around $16,500, the Scion iA is one of the most affordable sedans that you can find on the market. It competes with other subcompact sedans like the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Fit, which is arguably the best when it comes to rear seat legroom and cargo hauling.
But given the impressive features of the Scion iA don’t be surprised if it becomes one of the best selling sedans this year.
To learn more about Scion iA, visit the official Scion website.
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