Yes, I’m aware it says “Scion” on the front, and on the key, and on the steering wheel, but the 2016 Scion iA is actually a Mazda 2 sedan. And since it is made by Mazda, it turns out it’s not an inexpensive and dreary Scion at all. It’s damn near cheap and cheerful.

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I’ve only driven it about 50 miles or so, and we should have a proper review for you shortly, but I really do like this car. It’s light, it’s chuckable, and unlike most cheap new cars that are solely meant for A-to-B transportation with the least amount of emotion-stirring possible, you actually find yourself smiling, on occasion.

No, it’s not a Miata, but if you’re going to buy a Scion, you might as well get the happy one.

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Things I Like

  • It’s actually fun, for what it is
  • It’s got both analog switches and touchscreen controls, if you feel like switching things up a bit
  • It’s a little car with plenty of interior room

Things I Don’t Like

  • The aforementioned sad navigation button, which I’ve already ranted about
  • The headlights are oddly dim
  • There’s no armrest on the driver’s right side, so my elbow just sort of dangles around a bit

So what do you want to know about it? Drop your questions in the comments below!


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