By on June 29, 2015


The embargo is over for the 2016 Scion iA and iM, as pricing and other features have been officially announced.

As reported earlier, pricing for the iM begins at $18,460 MSRP for the six-speed manual model, $19,200 for the CVTi-S version. What wasn’t mentioned was the iA’s pricing, officially set for $15,700 for the six-speed manual sedan, $16,800 for the six-speed auto variant. Both sets of prices do not include the $795 delivery charge, and thanks to Scion’s Pure Price policy, the MSRP reported will be what consumers pay on the showroom floor.

Power for the iM comes from a 1.8-liter CVVT four-cylinder good for 137 horses sent to the front through either transmission, netting the hatch EPA mileage ratings of 28 city/37 highway/32 combined with the CVT, 27/36/32 with the manual. Other features for the hatch include: 17-inch alloys; double-wishbone rear suspension; dual-zone AC; hill start; aero; LED daytime running lights; 60/40 split rear seating; and back-up camera.

Meanwhile, the iA gets a 1.5-liter four-pot capable of 106 horses, all of which hit the road through the front pair of 16-inch alloys. EPA mileage comes to 33/42/37 for the six-speed automatic, 31/41/35 for the six-speed manual. Keyless entry with push-button start, 60/40 rear seating, MacPherson struts and torsion beams, and 7-inch touchscreen are some of the features available on the sedan.

Each come with their own range of colors, and are both covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, as well as five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Scion Service Boost adds complementary servicing for two years or 25,000 miles, as well as two years of 24-hour roadside assistance.

Both Scion iA and iM will arrive in showrooms September 1.

(Photo credit: Scion)

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29 Comments on “2016 Scion iA, iM Pricing Officially Announced...”

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    Sponge Bob Creator Named Scion Styling Czar!

    Fish Lips For Most Models!

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    At least with the xB wrapped around the 1.5 motor you got some extra utility. But boy was it miserably slow.

    You would have to be terribly desparate to want that iA.

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    It’s good to see bright colors and prices under 20k. Other than that – I got nothing.

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    “. . .and thanks to Scion’s Pure Price policy, the MSRP reported will be what consumers pay on the showroom floor.”


    You mean PLUS the $1995 Desert Protection Package, the $395 Nitrogen-filled Tire Package, and the $995 Window Tint Package, right?

    • 0 avatar

      You’ll never catch me defending the Pure Price policy itself – it puts dealers at a disadvantage in the age of dealerships publishing bottom line prices on the internet. But buying an FR-S was by far the fastest and most painless new car transaction I’ve ever done. In and out in under an hour, and that included a quick test drive. Nothing pushed in F&I, no games with interest rates.

    • 0 avatar
      Land Ark

      My understanding is that dealers can charge whatever they want, but the advertised price is what they have to sell it for no matter what.

      So any packages added by the dealer have to already be factored into that advertised price.

      I could be wrong.

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    who cares what Scion MSRP policy? I just went to TrueCar and they say, they have 3 dealers that will sell me Scion tC $500 under MSRP. But this is not the point. The point is, iM @ $19,2 for 1.8L Corolla engine… This is funny. For $20K I can get Accord.

    • 0 avatar

      Heck in the same dealer lot is likely a Camry with $1K on the hood, easy financing at an insanely low interest rate and a dealer discount to $19K.

    • 0 avatar
      Sam Hell Jr

      Scion dealers sometimes get permission to mark down lot queens, and some managers are willing to risk Toyota’s wrath. Pure Pricing does function effectively as a ceiling, however. If you pay more than sticker for a Scion, you went nuts ticking options.

      As for why someone would want a $19k Scion instead of a $21k Accord, well… 1) rare is the budget sedan buyer that cares about engines. Witness the difficulty Ford has in ridding itself of the God-awful 2.5L I4 in the Fusion. People wont stop buying the stupid lump. And 2) sound system, probably.

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    Silent Ricochet

    The iA looks like the Dodge Dart and the last gen Mazda3 had a baby. It doesn’t look half bad IMO. Then I read 106 horsepower and laughed way too hard. What is with this God awful trend of offering a hugely underpowered engines for cars that weigh over 3000lbs? A year later you’ll come out with a 1.8T or something that puts out as much power as a regular 2.0L engine that should’ve been in the car since the beginning. You can’t say CAFE, because Mazda and other companies are achieving 40 MPG with larger engines just fine.

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    For some reason, the iM already looks dated to me. I can’t quite figure out why. The car looks decent enough, but maybe more like “2006” decent. And while I’m a fan of the Mazda2, I am having a very difficult time with the catfish-inspired iA. I guess styling is truly subjective.

    • 0 avatar
      The Ghost of Buckshot Jones

      The car dates back to the 2012 model year as the Auris, so it’s not particularly “fresh”.

    • 0 avatar

      Every angle looks like a lower version of the 2013 Rav4 that you see EVERYWHERE. Same grille design, same taillights, same upswept quarter window on the back.

  • avatar

    “The embargo is over for the 2016 Scion iA and iM”

    I bet that was an embargo that no automotive publication had any interest in breaking.

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    How odd that the B-segment iA looks bigger than the C-segment iM.

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    Get rid of the tacky slapped-on looking lower body kit stuff and the iM would look pretty nice, I think.

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    The iM and iA reviews out in the wild are blisteringly bad. There is very little nice being said beyond the interior is handsome, well laid out, and middle of the pack on quality.

    Kia ate the xB lunch with the Kia Soul.

    For $19.5K you’re way better off with the Kia Forte-5 – you can even get a manual – and 173 HP.

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    I can almost hear the iA’s terrible road noise.

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    I bought a tC four and a half years ago, and have been very happy with it. It was only $17.9K, and while there are some signs of cost-cutting, they’re mostly cosmetic. Sure, it’s got a hard plastic dash, but real independent rear suspension, a grown-up engine (2.5L, 180hp), six speed manual, beefy sway bars, a massive moonroof, well rounded safety equipment (knee airbags, for instance). Overall, it’s been a very good, reliable, enjoyable car after 73,000 miles, and I didn’t have to pay 4+ years on the loan.

    I heard about the iM, and thought they might be expanding on the tC’s strengths (suspension, drivetrain) with some improvements to the interior. Put it in a 5-door hatch, and you’d have a decent little car that will last forever and not give you much trouble (unlike German cars, the warranty would be an assurance, not something that you’d actually have to use).

    Instead, they’ve shot themselves in the foot, and made a Corolla hatch. A twist beam and a Corolla engine? Seriously? Why not just go for pushrods and bias ply tires?

    This could have been a discount alternative to number of sporty hatches. Instead, it’s just a spruced up Corolla.

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    I would so get a Camry SE ahead of these rolling penalty boxes.

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