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2016 Scion iA Review

Great gas mileage estimates, excellent reliability and safety scores, and an upscale cabin are some of factors that place the 2016 Scion iA near the top of our subcompact car rankings. Still, an uncomfortable ride over broken roads holds it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent safety scores
  • Top-notch cabin materials
  • High fuel economy estimates
  • Ride can be uncomfortable on rough roads 

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Scion iA's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Subcompact Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. Currently the Scion iA has a score of 8.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 10.0
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2016 Scion iA Overview

Is the 2016 Scion iA a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Scion iA sedan is an excellent choice in the subcompact car class, especially if you're a city dweller. The iA features great fuel economy, well-tuned steering and suspension, a high-end interior, and some of the best safety and reliability scores in the class. However, this car takes some time getting uphill. 

Why You Can Trust Us

To give you a complete overview of the 2016 iA – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 15 Scion iA reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our crew has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our objectivity, we do not accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an external company manages the ads on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Scion iA?

Based on 161 listings for the 2016 Scion iA on our site, you should expect to spend roughly $10,000 to $14,000. The average price for a 2016 iA is $12,200. Exact prices depend on each vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Scion iA Cost to Own?

At the time of writing, five-year cost estimates for fuel, maintenance, insurance, and repairs are not available for the 2016 Scion iA.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New iA?

Following the discontinuation of the Scion brand, Toyota changed the name of the Scion iA to the Toyota Yaris iA. Otherwise, the 2018 Yaris iA and the 2016 Scion iA are essentially the same car. You can save significant money by sticking with the 2016 model.

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You'd be hard-pressed to find a comparable new car that costs around the same as the inexpensive 2016 Scion iA. The similarly ranked 2018 Chevy Sonic may be a good alternative, as long as you’re ok giving up some fuel efficiency for more power and standard amenities (like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay). Still, the Sonic costs over $3,000 more than the iA. The 2018 Honda Fit gets similar gas mileage estimates to the iA, as well as more space, a smoother ride, and additional features. However, it costs almost $4,000 more.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Scion iA?

The Scion iA has one of the highest reliability ratings among all vehicles: a 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. A score of three is average.

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2016 Scion iA Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 Scion iA has no safety recalls.

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Which Model Year of the Scion iA Is Best?

The Scion iA was an all-new model for 2016. In 2017, its name was changed to the Toyota Yaris iA. Since these two models are very similar, sticking with the 2016 iA will provide the best value. You’ll save money, and you won’t have to sacrifice many features.

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Which Used Scion iA Model Is Right for Me?

The Scion iA comes in one trim level. All models have nearly identical features, with the exception of navigation. It isn't a standard feature, so you will only find it in some used models.

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What Does Scion's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for Scion vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all Scion certified pre-owned vehicles, and Toyota extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Scion must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Scion warranty page carefully.

Toyota manages Scion's CPO program, and it's about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Honda, and Hyundai all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the iA?

The Scion iA has some of the highest crash test scores in the class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded it the top rating of Good in all five crash tests, as well as a Top Safety Pick+ designation.

However, the iA’s standard safety features list is scarce: it only has a rearview camera. Some rivals offer additional advanced safety equipment like lane departure warning, parking sensors, and forward collision warning.

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2016 Scion iA Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Scion iA or 2016 Ford Fiesta?

With its two available engines and quicker acceleration, the 2016 Ford Fiesta is a better option than the Scion iA for long-distance driving. The Fiesta also has a slightly lower average price than the iA. On most other fronts, however, the Scion outdoes the Ford. The iA not only gets a much higher reliability score than the Fiesta (4.5 out of five versus two out of five), but it also features a higher safety rating and a roomier back row. Go for the Fiesta if performance is your main priority. For a better all-around vehicle, go for the iA.

Which Is Better: 2016 Scion iA or 2016 Honda Fit?

Though the iA has generous amounts of passenger and cargo room, the 2016 Honda Fit has even more trunk space and second-row legroom. Beyond that, the Honda offers features that aren't available in the Scion, including a passenger-side blind spot camera and satellite radio. The Fit also delivers a more composed ride over bumpy roads. Both vehicles have similar mpg estimates, but the iA has a higher reliability rating, a slightly higher safety score, and a more thrilling ride. Since these cars are so close in our rankings, choosing between them will come down to your preferences.

Which Is Better: 2016 Scion iA or 2016 Toyota Yaris?

The 2016 Toyota Yaris doesn't live up to the Scion iA. It has a good reliability rating, but it isn't as high as the iA's. It also has mediocre handling, and both of its transmissions are clunky. On top of that, the Yaris lacks a front-seat armrest, offers minimal cargo space, and has lower safety scores. The Yaris has a lower average price, but the Scion iA is the superior choice.

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2016 iA Performance

How Does the 2016 Scion iA Drive?

The 2016 Scion iA is powered by a four-cylinder engine that makes 106 horsepower. It's mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and a six-speed automatic is available. The iA is capable enough for driving around town, but it struggles on hills and has trouble getting up to speed on the highway. While its ride is generally comfortable, it can get a little rough over uneven pavement.

Does the 2016 Scion iA Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the automatic transmission, the 2016 iA delivers 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, which is fantastic for a subcompact car.

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2016 iA Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 iA Seat?

The 2016 Scion iA seats five across two rows. While both rows of seats are comfortable, taller passengers may feel cramped in the back. The iA's stylish cabin is filled with high-quality materials.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Scion iA?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the iA's outboard rear seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the iA’s setup a Marginal rating for the rear passenger-side seat and an Acceptable rating for the rear driver's side seat. Some lower anchors are buried too deep in the seats, and they can be difficult to maneuver around.

2016 Scion iA Features

The 2016 Scion iA’s standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, and a rearview camera. The iA’s infotainment system is relatively easy to use, but it takes some time to get used to since it uses both the touch screen and a console-mounted control knob.

When the 2016 iA was new, Scion offered an optional dealer-installed navigation system. You may find it equipped in some used models.

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2016 Scion iA Dimensions

Scion iA Cargo Space

The 2016 iA sedan comes with 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for the class. 60/40-split-folding second-row seats are also present, which makes loading bulky cargo easy. That said, small-item storage is scarce around the cabin.

2016 iA Length and Weight

The 2016 Scion iA is about 14 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 2,385 with a manual transmission to 2,416 pounds with an automatic transmission.

Where Was the 2016 Scion iA Built?

The 2016 iA was built in Japan.



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