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For 2017, the Scion iA is renamed the Toyota Yaris iA. This four-door sedan is actually built by Mazda and is based on the new Mazda2 (not sold in the U.S.). It is powered by a 106-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder coupled to either a six-speed manual or an automatic. In our testing we got 35 mpg overall with the automatic. The iA proves to be quite pleasant for a subcompact, with nimble handling and semi-decent interior decor. It also comes with a standard low-speed pre-collision system that helps the driver avoid collisions. A backup camera is standard. Just like in current Mazda models, the infotainment system consists of a center control knob and a screen, which takes some getting used to in order to master. A navigation system is a dealer-installed option.

Road Test

The badge may say Toyota, but this car is built by Mazda and uses Mazda parts. That's a good thing. A mixed lineage means the Yaris iA represents the Toyota youth brand's principles of value and frugality, but not at the expense of ride comfort and d...

Highs

  • Very fuel efficient
  • Inexpensive to purchase, yet well-equipped

Lows

  • Noisy, especially on the highway
  • Narrow and small front seats

Best Version to Get

If you can drive a manual transmission, it's particularly rewarding in the Yaris iA; the shifter is slick, and choosing your own gears helps hide the car's lack of power. It also saves $1,100.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 2 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 (106 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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