|The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA.|
The other is the Scion iA sedan, which is now the Toyota Yaris iA.
|2017 Toyota Yaris iA|
|2017 Toyota Yaris iA interior.|
Mazda dealers' loss is Toyota dealers' gain, because this Mazda 2 is a sedan with a trunk and thus complements the Yaris 5-door.
And, while most enthusiasts tend toward the hatch, the Yaris iA is actually the better, more responsive car---because it's a Mazda. The badges that say "Toyota" are the only Toyota pieces on a Yaris iA.
The iA even gets better fuel economy. The automatic-transmission version, which we drove, has an EPA fuel economy estimate of 32 city/40 highway. The Yaris 5-door is 30/36.
Nicely equipped just as it comes---our test vehicle had no options---a 6-speed manual Yaris iA has a base price of $15,950. With the 6-speed automatic, that's $17,050. Add $865 delivery processing and handling fee and the as-tested price is $17,915, which fills a sweet spot in Toyota's lineup, since the least-expensive Corolla starts a $18,500. And it likely fills a sweet spot in a lot of people's budgets. Here's hoping the Yaris iA benefits from Toyota's big dealer network.