New Cars for 2016: Scion

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iA (shown above): One needn’t even strip away this tiny sedan’s Scion badges or pop off its mad-grouper face to ascertain that this is not, in fact, a Scion. It isn’t even something borrowed from Scion’s parent brand, Toyota. No, the iA is 100 percent a Mazda 2 sedan—a Mazda that won’t be sold here, except, y’know, as a Scion. Billed as the brand’s first-ever four-door, the iA comes in a single spec with 16-inch aluminum wheels, forward-collision warning, air conditioning, cruise control, a backup camera, a seven-inch central display, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder making 106 horsepower, all for around $16K. Given Mazda’s recent product excellence, the iA should be a nice piece and the only way to get the new Mazda 2. See test ››

iM: In stark contrast to Scion’s previous hatchbacks, the new (to Scion, at least), iM appears as though it’s trying to be an actual serious hot hatch. Too bad the only engine choice, a 1.8-liter making 137 horsepower, drags down the iM’s apparent intentions like a rock in a bag of puppies. Still, the iM is essentially cribbed from the European-market Toyota Auris, meaning it could surprise and delight with sprightly handling and a tight structure. Or the rest of it will follow the unimpressive engine’s lead and just keep sinking toward the bottom, gravity doing the merciful work. See first drive ››

Minor trim changes: FR-S, tC

Dead: iQ, xB

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