The brand-new 2016 Scion iA is a subcompact sedan that could appeal to families with its sporty styling and low starting price of $16,495, including a destination charge. While the iA will work well with kids in forward-facing child-safety seats, families with little ones in rear-facing seats should look elsewhere for their next family car because of the sedan’s tight backseat dimensions. The iA seats five and has cloth seats.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The iA’s Latch system is easy to access. The two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats sit behind vertical slits in the seat upholstery. Three tether anchors are on the rear shelf (behind the head restraints) under hinged plastic covers. They’re easy to connect to.
- After removing the head restraint, the forward-facing convertible installed easily.
- We also had to remove the large head restraint before installing our high-back booster seat, but once done, the iA’s contoured seats helped to hold the booster in place.
What We Don’t
- To fit the rear-facing infant and convertible seats, we had to move the front passenger seat forward a significant amount. With the rear convertible installed, our 5-foot-8 tester’s knees were grazing the glove box when she sat in the front passenger seat. It was worse with the infant seat; we had to move the front passenger seat so far forward that she couldn’t fit into it. Once the front passenger seat was far enough forward, both car seats installed easily into the iA.
- The outboard seats’ seat belt buckles are on stable bases, but they sit low in the seat cushion. Combine this with a raised middle seat cushion and it could be difficult for kids to buckle up independently.