If Toyota is the older sibling, Scion is its younger one that is focused on bringing younger, more budget conscious drivers to the brand. The newest offering from Scion is the iA which shows up as a subcompact four-door sedan that offers some great driving pleasure and a large list of standard features in a price range that will make it affordable for those on a tight budget, especially younger professionals who are fresh out of college.
The Scion iA shows up with features that read as a very long list including a five passenger cabin, a multifunction steering wheel that offer tilt and telescoping action, a height adjustable driver’s seat that has ten inches of fore and aft travel , a 60/40 split folding rear bench seat, power windows/locks/mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, pushbutton starting, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system that includes a six-speaker Display Audio sound system with a 7.0 inch touchscreen. This infotainment system includes Voice Recognition, Bluetooth phone/music streaming, USB ports, an AUX jack and Pandora internet radio. Add the safety from airbags and a low speed Pre-Collision system and the iA offers more for the money than just about any car in its class.
The wheelbase of the new iA is a full 101.2 inches with the entire car being 171.7 inches long. The iA is well styled to look great and sporty and for the price this car is one of the most attractive offerings for the subcompact sedans in the class. Even at this price the suspension ride comes from MacPherson struts up front and torsion beam rear axle that’s been tuned to give control and compliance to partner with the electric power assisted steering system to give the car a more direct feeling.
Power for the Scion iA comes from the Mazda-sourced SkyActiv-G 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that offers up 106 horsepower and 103 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a Sport mode that is expected to offer upwards of 40 mpg on the highway. Another wonderful feature of the inexpensive car will be the inclusion of two years or 25,000 miles of complementary factory scheduled service and two years of roadside assistance. This gives the budget minded buyers of the Scion the ability to enjoy peace of mind of being taken care of for the first couple years.
The new Scion iA may be the next favorite on the market for car shoppers to enjoy. This car will be an efficient offering for those who need a great commuter car, but will also be full of amazing features inside and under the hood to ensure the car can be one of the most attractive and enjoyable on a lot full of commuter cars at their place of work. As a car geared toward those with a tight budget or just a mind for value, the iA will certainly offer both; a great value at a reasonable price for anyone to enjoy.