Test Drive: Last Scion-branded iA sedan is inexpensive, sporty – The Providence Journal

  • The Scion brand is going away, yet there’s still time to grab a 2016 iA, an inexpensive sedan along with impressive handling, leading fuel mileage and surprising standard features.

    This iA is brand-new for 2016 and rides on a front-wheel drive platform and suspension that is noteworthy for its sporty handling. The beginning manufacturer-suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $16,495 for a five-seater along with six-rate manual transmission, while the six-rate automatic is $17,595. The four-door model is a recommended get of Consumer Reports magazine.

    But it’s not a stripped-down vehicle: Standard features consist of a rearview camera, push-button ignition, keyless entry, sport front bucket seats, 16-inch alloy wheels and a 7-inch, touch screen display along with voice recognition. Plus, there are 2 years/25,000 miles of free, factory-recommended upkeep and roadside assistance.

    Scion moms and dad firm Toyota announced in February that the brand, for which sales peaked in the U.S. at 173,000 in 2006, would certainly disappear in August. Toyota dealerships will certainly service Scions and honor the free upkeep commitment.

    The Scion iA is a subcompact sedan version of the Mazda2, a little vehicle that’s not sold in the U.S. yet has actually a credibility for exemplary handling. Toyota and Mazda specified a partnership for Mazda to offer the 2016 iA to Toyota, and it is built in a factory alongside Mazda2s bound for others countries.

    Its standard low-speed, pre-collision safety system can easily activate the brakes in stop-and-go traffic if a vehicle in front suddenly stops. Typically, pre-collision units are pricey options, also on luxury cars. others standard features consist of transform signals on the outside mirrors, which enhance safety by alerting nearby drivers that the iA is visiting adjustment lanes or make a turn, also as hands-free Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, 2 USB ports and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

    The iA, which is simply much more compared to 14 feet long, offers a commendable 41.9 inches of front-seat legroom and an unexpectedly big 15-cubic-foot trunk.

    The 2016 iA test car was the lowest-priced model, along with manual transmission and no choices or accessories. The vehicle didn’t feel or act cheap, because of soft-touch components on the dashboard, attractive seat cloth and a six-rate that was precise and had short, pleasurable throws.

    The car, which has actually a little sporty steering wheel, was enjoyable to drive, hugging the pavement and bounding about curves. It uses Mazda’s 1.5-liter, double overhead cam, direct injection, SkyActiv four cylinder that optimizes energy along with fuel economy. While it generates just 106 horsepower, it gained the lightweight test vehicle feel spirited. Torque peaks at 103 foot-pounds at 4,000 rpm, and engine sounds could grab a bit raucous as soon as the vehicle was difficult pressed to accelerate up mountain roads.

    Admirably, the test iA averaged 37 miles per gallon, which bested the federal government’s city/highway estimate of 35 mpg. To grab also much better mileage, buyers can easily grab the automatic transmission version, which is rated at 33/43 mpg and ranks as the top, gasoline-powered, non-hybrid little sedan in the U.S.

    Page 2 of 2 – A last note: Toyota said it will certainly fold the iA in to its Toyota brand for the 2017 model year, yet the brand-new model name, pricing and devices adjustments have actually not been announced.

    2016 Scion iA

    Base price $15,700.

    Price as tested $16,495.

    Type Front-engine, front-wheel drive, five-passenger, subcompact sedan.

    Engine 1.5-liter, double overhead cam, direct injection four cylinder.

    Mileage 31 mpg (city), 41 mpg (highway).

    Top speed 110 mph.

    Length 171.7 inches.

    Wheelbase 101.2 inches.

    Curb weight 2,385 pounds.