Parents shifting to personal transportation for their driving age students have new vehicle options for back-to-school this year.
Toyota’s Scion division introduces two freshmen to the youth-oriented brand with the 2016 Scion iA four-door sedan and 2016 Scion iM 5-door hatchback.
Available early next month, Scion iA and Scion iM enter the subcompact front-wheel drive car market sold with a no-hassle, no-haggle manufacturer’s suggested Pure Price starting at $15,700 and $18,460 respectively with standard 6-speed manual transmission.
Scion iA geared by a 6-speed automatic transmission ups the ante to $16,800 while the iM equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) runs $19,200. Add $795 across the line for freight.
Uniquely different, each Scion dealer sets their own product line Pure Price.
The 2,385 pound Scion iA is powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates an underwhelming 106 horsepower.
But high mileage becomes the benefactor as iA’s power-to-weight ratio delivers 31 miles per gallon in town and 41 mpg on the open road.
Fuel economy increases to 33/city and 42/highway with an automatic transmission.
Scion’s versatile 5-door iM hatchback musters 137 hp from a 1.8L 4-cylinder for 27 mpg/city and 36 mpg/hwy with manual gearbox. Mileage figures mutually raise one mpg with a CVT.
Both Scion newcomers showcase bold design, European inspired handling and comfortable premium-appointed interior space to transport a driver and three adult passengers.
The rear bench also buckles a trio of teens for a cross-town trip to the school house door.
When unoccupied, the duo’s 60/40 split-fold second row provides oodles of carrying capacity for weekend gear through iA’s traditional trunk. Cargo capacity nearly doubles with the rear seat lowered flat in the iM hatchback.
Upfront, each model surrounds the driver and front passenger with a cockpit setting fronted by excellent dial and switchgear ergonomics.
Scion iA is made in Mexico sharing a partnership with Japanese automaker Mazda for a platform and size cloned from the Mazda 2 sedan.
A large black-out trapezoid grille with chrome surround highlights iA’s signature front end.
The Japanese made Scion iM takes on a sinister look with maniacal-style front valance.
Scion iA and iM share such standard features as dual zone automatic climate control, rear-view backup camera, LED daytime running lights, remote keyless entry and Bluetooth hands-free phone with streaming audio.
A Pioneer audio system with 7-inch touch screen, tilt/telescopic steering column, low-speed pre-collision system and eight airbags are also included.