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Consumer Reports has recently published a review of the 2016 Scion iA and they are calling it a "compelling sibling to the enjoyable Mazda3."

The acceleration may be tepid but the light clutch action is great for beginner drivers and the iA has the Mazda responsive steering that makes it fun to drive.
As for the interior, the driver space is a bit tight as are the back seats and the mode selection buttons may require you to take your eyes of the road.

Those concerns aside, the Scion iA is a great entry level car that is enjoyable to drive.

 

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Glad to see good reviews, but "a thrill"? I'm not sure if that is a term I would use for the iA. Nevertheless, glad to see positive reactions.
 

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I've read a few other reviews and it seems like the Scion iA has pretty good handling, something that would make any ride around twists and turns a thrill. It also has a rigid steering mount.
 

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I suppose handling can make it fun and not power. I won't discount till I test drive.

Like I said, great to hear positive reviews.
 

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I suppose handling can make it fun and not power. I won't discount till I test drive.

Like I said, great to hear positive reviews.
Being a light vehicle already puts it at a big advantage and makes up for low power since the power to weight ratio is maintained at a decent level for its segment.
 

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That's sure to help Scion out, having a big brand like Consumer Reports to rave about your product.
But i'm not surprised this was the case since just about every review was positive and had far more positives than negatives to report back.
 

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I like how they called the iA cheap and cheerful. Just what consumers are looking for!
The cabin noise won't be an issue because the iA's 6 speakers will be more than enough to drown that out.
 

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I like how they called the iA cheap and cheerful. Just what consumers are looking for!
The cabin noise won't be an issue because the iA's 6 speakers will be more than enough to drown that out.
Well, speaking of that, I do wonder what the sound system is like. I may like my car to be affordable, but I love listening to music so that's one thing I actually care about quite a bit and would spend extra on if its not up to par, especially considering the cabin isn't well insulated from noise.
 

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Well, speaking of that, I do wonder what the sound system is like. I may like my car to be affordable, but I love listening to music so that's one thing I actually care about quite a bit and would spend extra on if its not up to par, especially considering the cabin isn't well insulated from noise.
It's not an area i'd be primarily concerned with, more of a plus if we get a good system. Plus if you're that particular about audio systems, you can always upgrade the speakers and tweeters later on to something aftermarket and more potent.
 

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I think most stock audio systems these days are sufficient for the general buyer unless music is something you're passionate about.
That they are.

For the output of speakers included its just about the best it gets, they just don't throw speakers in but fine tune the whole thing with sound engineers on board to optimize the experience.
 

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I also think that when you get into higher end vehicles, they are making sure the stock systems are up to par for what most listeners are looking for. I think they would rather give a good one to start, or offer an upgraded system as an option, instead of having the system taken out and replaced after market. They know people want it.
 
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