Scion Launches Brand’s First-Ever Sports Sedan

When you think sporty and Scion, you automatically think of the FRS. From there, you’re probably at a loss. In September, the all-new Scion iA comes to a showroom near you.

With the no-haggle pricing Scion employs, families will know how much they’re going to spend when they walk through the showroom door. The MSRP of $15,700 for the 6-speed manual transmission and $16,800 for the 6-speed automatic. A delivery, processing and handling fee of $795 is not included in the MSRP.

Under the Hood

Quick specs from Scion highlight:

  • 1.5-liter engine with 106 horsepower
  • Choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions
  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
  • EPA an estimated 33 city/ 42 highway/ 37 combined MPG for the automatic
  • EPA an estimated 31 city/ 41 highway/ 35 combined for the manual.
  • Sport Mode is available at the flip of a switch.

Exterior

On the outside you’ll see a curvy, sporty body that looks unlike its entry level competitors and a snubbed nose that make it look like a little brother of the Mazda3 and Ford Fusion. The hexagon lower grille and sharp-eyed headlights fall in line with other Scion model offerings.

The iA will come in a variety of high intensity colors including: Stealth black, Abyss, Graphite, Pulse, Sapphire, Sterling and Frost.

Interior

Different than most low-cost models from competitors, Scion has included chrome accents and soft-touch trim and surfaces as standard. The steering wheel offers tilt and telescoping adjustments.

Seating/Storage

A 60/40 split rear seat back is standard. For the driver, a 10-inch fore-aft slide adjustment and the standard seat height adjuster is standard.

Infotainment

The pricing is for a mono-spec model equipped with standard Low-speed Pre-collision safety system and 7-inch multimedia system with voice recognition.

The Low-speed Pre-collision system uses a laser sensor to help the driver avoid collisions and to help minimize damage in the event of an accident. The iA also features a brake override system and a rear view back-up camera comes standard.

The sporty steering wheel has control switches for the audio and standard Bluetooth. Hardly “entry level,” the standard 7-inch Display Audio system has a touch screen, six speakers, remote interface and rear-view camera. Pandora®, Aha™ and Stitcher™ come standard, providing a huge music, talk and podcast universe when paired with a compatible phone.

Two USB ports and an Auxiliary input are standard.

Voice Recognition is able to control many of the multimedia system features. An available navigation system also is offered through Scion dealers.

Warranty

The 2016 iA is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. It also comes with Scion Service Boost, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of 24-hour roadside assistance.

image courtesy of Scion
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