The Yaris iA appears in Toyota's lineup for the 2017 model year, after the dissolution of the Scion brand where the car had previously lived as the iA. This car came about from a partnership between Toyota and Mazda, and it also previously appeared as the Mazda2.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

The Yaris iA joins Toyota's Yaris model in its subcompact offerings. The standard Yaris is a hatchback, while the Yaris iA is a sedan.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

Although its side sculpturing comes from Mazda design, the front-end has been given a Toyota grille and badge.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

The Yaris iA's ride quality comes off as mediocre, fitting its low price point.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

The high roofline contributes to good sightines for the driver.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

Toyota sells the Yaris iA in a single trim line, the only option being an automatic transmission.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

Toyota's recent models have adopted a large front grille.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

The Yaris iA uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with output of 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

As an impressive standard feature, a forward-looking camera in front of the rear-view mirror enables automatic emergency braking.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

Even with its subcompact status, the cabin doesn't feel particularly cramped.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

Trunk space looks adequate for a month's worth of groceries.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

Cloth-covered seats prove reasonably comfortable, but, given the car's price, do not offer power adjustment.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

The rear seats incorporate headrests, which could prevent whiplash in a crash.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

The LCD-based infotainment system comes standard in the Yaris iA, but sadly lacks Android Auto or Apple CarPlay support.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

Steering feel is very neutral, not particularly sharp nor too loose.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

A central analog gauge is bracketed by two monochrome LCD panels.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

The Yaris iA comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but this one has been upgraded with the $1,100 six-speed automatic.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

The standard rear-view camera comes in handy for parking.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

This indirect controller on the console lets you select phone and stereo functions on the center LCD.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

The infotainment system supports Bluetooth hands-free calling and the stereo, and a dealer-supplied SD card enables navigation.

Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
Up Next

The 2020 Toyota Corolla wears a striking new face