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Scion’s getting axed and the production of the iA as we know it will come to an end in August this year. Under Toyota, the iA will be called the Yaris iA so, how does it stack up against its future nameplate sibling?

Yes, we know one is a subcompact based on the Mazda 2 sedan and the other is a pure Toyota hatchback but we’re still going to pit them against each other and see which one comes out on top.

The Yaris is the generic, runoff the mill hatch designed to get you from point A to point B and with Toyota’s reputation for reliability, it’s likely to last you 200,000 miles with proper maintenance. That’s fine for a bread and butter type of car and it has much to offer like direct steering, great visibility, comfortable seats, space for five people, and it’s not hard on the eyes. Not bad for a $15-18K car and its 106 hp inline four engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission will make moderate hill climbing fun. But, it’s no match for the Yaris iA.

Sure, the Yaris iA may not have the space and functionality of a hatchback but it offers us a plethora of standard features at the affordable price of $17,595 if, you manage to get your hands on a Scion badged iA. The Mazda 1.5-liter four may have the same power output as the Yaris at 106 hp but, it handles better and the six-speed manual transmission that’s similar to the Miata will make this subcompact a hoot to drive.

Also, you’ll be getting standard features like remote start, low speed pre-collision system, backup camera and more. Its interior is quiet, well built, and it feels more like a mid-level Mazda than an entry level Toyota.

In conclusion, the Yaris iA is the better deal with since it has a combination of Toyota warranty and reputation for reliability and Mazda’s sporty handling, transmission and quality interior.
 

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Toyota Yaris has terrible reputation among enthusiasts. Would always be explaining that it wasn't "the" Yaris everyone thinks it was. Would much rather drive a Scion iA. Much better cachet.
 

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Toyota Yaris has terrible reputation among enthusiasts. Would always be explaining that it wasn't "the" Yaris everyone thinks it was. Would much rather drive a Scion iA. Much better cachet.
+1 I would never have bought a Yaris and I don't want my iA to be called a Yaris. Strange.
 

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yaris vs. ia

Nothing is strange about you not wanting be yaris driver! I did become scion driver because I didn't want drive corolla or yaris or camry- cant afford aston martin.... I had scion iq, but lease was over after 3.5 year, and no new iq, so i've lease ia and now i feel cheated...Im really pist, but i like the car very much! I did some customizing and at the rear stops at gas stations I'm frequently getting compliments- nice car bro :)
 

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I picked up a new Yaris back in 2012 and have had absolutely no issues with it. It is a daily driver with fantastic reliability pushing 80K miles at this point. For a second car, I now I have a 2017 iA, which pulls in 40 MPG and drives like a dream. Just my few pennies in the discussion since I have skin in the game.
 

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The Toyota Yaris hatchback is a subcompact car made by Toyota that replaced the Echo in 1999. The first generation of the model was sold between 1999 and 2005. It was a replacement for the Toyota Starlet, which was never sold in the United States. The second-generation model of the hatchback, called Yaris Hatch, was introduced in 2006 and was produced until 2012. In Thailand, the first-generation Toyota Yaris is also referred to as "Yaris NVP" (New Value Package). This car is a well-established competitor for other Japanese sub-2 L hatchbacks such as the Honda Fit, Nissan March, and Suzuki Swift.
The third generation of the Yaris began production in 2013. It is based on Toyota's new global platform called the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), which will also underpin other models from Toyota including its replacement for the Corolla, a Camry hybrid, and a follow-up model for the Prius. The new Yaris is larger than its predecessor with a more modern appearance get more information about Toyota Yaris from JDM Sport Classics.
Toyota Yaris IA is a subcompact sedan version of the Yaris sold in North America with seating for five. The iA is mechanically identical to the fifth generation Toyota Yaris Hatchback, which itself was based on the first generation global model.

The Yaris and its badge-engineered variants are built at the Oyama plant and Guadalajara plants, both located in Toyota City, Japan. The production of the Yaris for the South American market takes place in Brazil and Argentina, while European models are imported from Turkey.
Previously, Japanese-market Auris was also built at Tahara plant in Aichi Prefecture, but starting with the model year 2009 it has been replaced by a new model called Toyota.
 

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For the North American market, from 2012 to 2018, the Yaris hatchback was restyled, but still based on the
the 2007-11 platform. It had a bit more room and longer wheelbase. Was one of the last new cars still with 4 speed automatic, ended 2018. Very last new vehicle sold with 4 sp. auto is 2020 Dodge Journey.
 
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