If you know anything about the compact Scion iA, you know that Mazda had a hand in producing the vehicle and that it has superb handling capabilities. The vehicle also happens to be very safe to tool around in according to the IIHS safety test. The little car just received the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating. The highest rating available from the International Institute for Highway Safety.

2016 scion ia

Why it Made the Rank

The Scion iA managed such a high rating thanks to a combination of good performance characteristics. The IIHS noted that it has impressive roof, side and front strength. The vehicle also did quite well on the head restraint tests. Overall it managed impressive performance in all the tests, and the little car employs a few tricks and performance hacks to get those ratings.

The Crash Detection System

In order to handle low-speed crash issues, the Scion iA is equipped with a crash detection system that avoids low-speed impacts entirely thanks to careful detection and braking technology. It doesn’t operate at higher speeds though.

Impressive Performance on the Small Overlap Test

The one test that many vehicles fail the most is the small overlap test. It’s the test that simulates running into a pole or another compact object. The Scion iA did remarkably well for a vehicle that’s so affordable and so compact. Intrusion into the cabin by the test object was nearly non-existent throughout most of the cabin, and where it did occur, at the emergency brake, at the door hinge and the instrument panel, it was only by two inches, a distance that isn’t likely to cause harm.

At less than $20,000 with every one of the available options, the Scion iA is an impressive ride that also happens to be very safe to drive around in. It’s a good commuter vehicle, and it’s a lot of fun to drive thanks to that special touch offered by the Mazda relationship.