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2016 Scion iA Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Scion iA was new.


Interior: 7.8

Automotive journalists are generally very pleased with the new 2016 Scion iA's cabin, noting that it is quiet and built with first-rate materials for the class. Most comment that the iA also features an intuitive infotainment system, supportive front seats and a spacious trunk. Some say the back seat offers sufficient space for adults but others find it uncomfortable and cramped.

  • "And speaking of noise, the iA's interior counts as practically monastic in a class where raucous is the norm." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside the cabin, it's all Mazda - the only difference is that Scion badge on the steering wheel. That means we're treated to the same high-quality plastics as the CX-3, not to mention the clean, simplistic layout." -- Autoblog
  • "The Scion iA's interior is easily at the top of the class, with solid materials and the praiseworthy infotainment system found in other Mazda vehicles." -- Edmunds
  • The interior uses inexpensive materials for the most part, but doesn't appear particularly low-rent." -- AutoTrader


Cloth seats and a telescopic steering wheel are standard in the five-seat Scion iA. Reviewers write that the front seats are supportive and comment that outward visibility is good. However, not all critics agree about rear-seat comfort. Some say there is enough space for 6-footers, but others remark that taller passengers will quickly grow uncomfortable in the back seat.

  • "Finding a comfortable driving position is quick, thanks to easy seat adjustments and a steering wheel that adjusts for height and reach. Visibility is also good, thanks to a decent glass area." -- AutoTrader
  • The front seats offer only the basic adjustments, but there's ample support and cushioning for comfortable long-distance cruising. Taller drivers may wish for more extension from the telescoping steering wheel, though, as the lack of range will force them into a more upright position closer to the dash." -- Edmunds
  • "While it might logically seem that subcompacts would be rather cramped inside, that's not the case anymore - and is certainly not the case here. Really tall folks might want for space, but even 6-footers can ride in tandem without feeling like sardines." -- Consumer Guide
  • Be aware though, the iA's short wheelbase means rear seat legroom was only tolerable for short stretches of about ten minutes or so." -- Left Lane News
  • "I'm just less than 6 feet tall and with the driver's seat in my normal driving position, my knees were firmly touching the front seat in both models when I sat in the rear. Rear headroom was barely enough for me to sit upright without my head touching the ceiling. The backseat will suffice for quick trips, but for longer drives taller passengers will be unavoidably uncomfortable." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Scion iA include a rearview camera, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth and a USB port. Scion typically includes all available features as standard equipment, with only a few options, such as navigation, available as accessories purchased at the dealership.

Most test drivers find the infotainment controls, which include a touch screen atop the center stack and a control knob located down by the armrest, easy to use. Still, a few critics say that the system takes a while to learn.

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  • "The 7-inch touchscreen on the dash is large enough and crisp enough to produce a useful display (a rearview camera is standard), and the audio system is easy to control with the command knob on the console between the front seats." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The audio system mimics those found in most current Mazdas. A separate screen sits atop the dashboard, with all functions being controlled by two knobs (the smaller of them being for on/off and volume) and some buttons on the center console. This arrangement might seem 'high-tech' to some, but it takes acclimation to figure out, and even then requires multiple steps to perform many basic functions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A 7-inch touchscreen is placed right in the driver's sight line without being a distraction, and the controller knob is comparable to those in luxury-branded vehicles." -- Edmunds
  • "In the iM you'll also find a 7-inch touch-screen that is center mounted in a large piano-black trim piece. At the risk of sounding like a broken record: The Mazda-supplied system was superior in ease of use, and the knob controller setup is intuitive and well-planned." -- Cars.com


The 2016 Scion iA has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk capacity, which is typical for the class. Auto journalists find the iA's trunk spacious and say it is easy to load bulky cargo. They add that small-item storage in the cabin isn’t impressive, but should be enough for most people.

  • "A fortunate byproduct of the elevated backside is very useful cargo space, though on paper, its 13.5-cubic-foot capacity is only average. The trunk is tall and deep, with a low liftover height and remote rear-seat releases further simplify the loading of large items." -- Edmunds
  • Interior storage is on the spare side, but it's useful enough. There's a modest-sized glovebox, a large forward console bin hosting an Aux jack, two USB plugs, and a 12-volt outlet, a small bin at the rear of the console (more easily accessible to the back-seaters than the driver), and small map pockets in the doors." -- Consumer Guide
  • "For a car with such a small footprint, trunk space is comparatively generous at 13.5 cu ft., and the rear seats split and fold in 60/40 fashion, so it's really quite a usable cargo area." -- AutoTrader

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