The 2016 Scion iA is Surprisingly Good
While developing the Scion iA Toyota spared no expense putting all the pieces together and they created a surprisingly desirable package. Not only does the vehicle come with a lot of nice features that you wouldn’t expect in this price point, like a pre-collision system, a backup camera, LED turn indicators and 16 inch alloy wheels, but it’s designed to be a blast to drive as well.
The 4 cylinder DOHC engine isn’t loaded with power at 106 HP, but at just 2,385 lbs. in the manual and 2416 lbs. in the automatic version of the iA it has a lot of pickup and is very enjoyable to drive around. This little car comes standard with a six speed manual transmission and a small upgrade will put a 6 speed automatic transmission in with an available sport mode. The Sport Mode feature forces the vehicle to shift at higher RPMs and to downshift more frequently. Essentially it makes the car a whole lot more exciting to drive around.
The little car is relatively efficient, which is expected with such a light footprint. It manages between 31 and 33 MPG in the city with the automatic and manual versions respectively. While out on the highway the automatic gets 41 MPG and the manual gets 42 MPG.
In any sporty vehicle the suspension is vitally important. Not only does it shield the driver from any bumps or bruises in the road, but it helps the vehicle handle performance as well. The iA is fitted with durable Macpherson struts up front and a sport-tuned torsion beam suspension in the rear for competent performance in most conditions.
A Luxurious Interior
Inside the iA you get most of the features that you would expect from a much more upscale and expensive vehicle than the iA. You get a 7-inch touchscreen standard, with app functionality. It supports Pandora. Stitcher, HD radio, traffic predictions and it has BlueTooth connectivity. The vehicle also comes with an optional in-car navigation system to help you figure out where to go. The car comes standard with a rear backup camera and it has a surprisingly large amount of trunk space with 15.5 cubic feet available to hold groceries, luggage or anything else you need to get from one place to another. Passengers will enjoy the 2 available USB ports, the Aux port and the standard 12V port up front. The driver side window also comes with fully automatic up and down functionality.
Smaller vehicles aren’t exactly known for their safety, but the iA comes packed with enough safety features to make it one of the better options. It comes with 6 airbags, which is quite a bit for a compact car. It also has antilock brakes, dynamic stability control and a pre-collision system for low-speed driving conditions. That means the car will help you step when people suddenly slam on the brakes in low-speed situations like traffic jams. It’s a nice feature to have that could help keep rear end collisions from occurring.
Scion really nailed the 2016 iA during production and it looks to be one of the most enjoyable little cars to drive around in. If you’re looking for a fun little car for daily driving, or you want something that’s packed with most common tech features without being priced like a luxury vehicle, the iA is a good bet.