ARLINGTON, Virginia – The all-new 2016 Scion iA subcompact sedan earned the highest 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
On sale now at Scion dealerships, the iA earned “good” ratings in all Institute crash tests.
To qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award, the vehicle also must have an optional front-crash system with an advanced or superior rating. The iA’s system earned an “advanced” rating.
“The iA avoided a collision in the 12 mph track test,” the Institute said. “The system doesn’t operate at higher speeds or include a warning feature. Although many vehicles now have front-crash prevention as an option, it is still relatively rare to have the technology standard and unprecedented for a vehicle as inexpensive as the iA.”
The Institute noted that the iA is “the least expensive vehicle to come with standard front-crash prevention.”
The iA’s standard low-speed pre-collision system uses a laser sensor to help the driver avoid collisions and to help minimize damage in the event of an accident. The iA also features a standard brake override system, rearview camera and six airbags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not rated the Scion iA.
Key iA competitors include the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers should note that the Institute is just beginning to test 2016 models. The 2016 Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent have not been rated yet.