Road Test Review – 2017 Toyota Yaris iA – By Carl Malek

The legacy of Scion continues to permeate throughout Toyota showrooms. While the logos, marketing material, and the fancy displays have long since been deposited in the dark corners of history, several of its models continue to linger in Toyota showrooms. One of these is the budget friendly iA sedan. Designed and engineered with help from Mazda, the iA was Scion’s last ditch effort at attracting young first time buyers before the rug was pulled from under it. Will the addition of a Toyota badge and a new name allow the Yaris iA to still fulfill its mission in life? Or does it get lost in the shuffle for good.     The exterior styling of our Chromium hued test car is an interesting canvas when you have a chance to take a closer look at all of the styling elements that are on display here. The front fascia for instance …

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2016 Toyota Yaris LE – Road Test Review – By Carl Malek

Toyota Yaris front fascia angle

With the recent influx of economy minded products from both rivals as well as the dearly departed Scion brand, it is easy to assume at first glance that the humble Toyota Yaris gets lost in the shuffle. But does this tiny hatchback still have what it takes to stand out in this crowded segment? Or does it come up just a bit short?     The exterior styling of our 2016 Barcelona Red LE grade test car (2017 models have minimal changes) certainly made our car stand out in a crowd, and also helped it have a sporty flair. This is enhanced further by the optional Black Pearl accents that adorn the upper half of the car. The front fascia is a curious interpretation of sportiness, with the bold headlights and prominent Toyota badge balanced out by a massive lower grille that looks awkward from some angles. The rear fascia meanwhile …

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