The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA is somewhat a mixed pedigree; originally a Scion iA, it inherited a few Toyota badges to become the Yaris iA, but in reality, it is actually a Mazda 2 in disguise. Confused?
Given that we are talking pretty much the lowest end of anyone’s budget, the Yaris iA comes pretty well equipped, at least safety wise, but don’t expect much else for your money; performance, comfort, ride and handling have all been sacrificed in a bid to keep the cost low.
2017 Toyota Yaris iA Release date
The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA is already in the dealerships. It may not be everyone’s thing, but it does have a market and given that Toyota are one of the largest manufacturers in the world, you can bet that they have researched that market thoroughly.
2017 Toyota Yaris iA release date: already available in the dealerships
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2017 Toyota Yaris iA Price
The absolute base price for the Yaris iA is just under $16,000. There is only one trim level available, but there are a couple of options that can be added that will push the price up a little, even then, we’re still talking less than $18,000.
2017 Toyota Yaris iA Redesign and changes
As we have already said, the Yaris iA is really just a Mazda 2, which was also the Scion iA. The specifications are pretty much the same, just a different shape. But what do you get for your money?
Surprisingly, quite a lot.
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2017 Toyota Yaris iA Equipment
The Yaris iA has a reasonable amount of safety equipment fitted as standard, including automated low speed emergency braking (which uses a windshield mounted camera system to monitor everything up front and apply the brakes if it senses impending doom) and a backup camera.
Other tech includes Bluetooth connectivity, a 7” touchscreen infotainment system and an option for navigation, although this is a dealer only upgrade (at a cost of around $500). Unfortunately, there is no smart phone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and we think that Toyota have missed a trick with that; this car is aimed at youngsters – how many of them use a dumb phone?
2017 Toyota Yaris iA Specs
Under the hood, there is a very simple 1.5 liter direct injection 4-cylinder motor, it only produces 106 BHP so isn’t exactly lively, but it’s enough. Power is sent to the road through a 6-speed manual transmission as standard, but for a further $1,100 you can specify an auto transmission.
Fuel economy is good, ranging between 32 – 40 MPG.
All in, it’s a budget auto that does everything you need it to do, just not with much refinement.
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