Scion's New Models and Their No-Haggle Price Policy

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Armaan Almeida no longer works for CarsDirect. He was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

 

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, Automotive Editor - April 3, 2015

New models have been revealed, but will they worth the wait?

Toyota's youth-inspired Scion brand has unveiled two new models to help reinvigorate their sparse 4-model lineup, and initial impressions are solid, but not quite ground-breaking. Which, for all intents and purposes, is not supposed to be. Cars like the 2016 Scion iM are built with the goal of being affordable while offering the brand's "Pure Price" policy. And their all priced low relative to the average price of all the other manufacturers.

MSRP YTD Sales Bodystyle Horsepower Fuel Efficiency
2015 Scion iQ $16,435 1,940 Ultra-Compact 94 hp 36 / 37 mpg
2015 Scion xB $17,890 18,532 Wagon 158 hp 22 / 28 mpg
2015 Scion tC $19,980 19,850 Coupe 179 hp 23 / 31 mpg
2015 Scion FR-S $25,670 14,546 Coupe 200 hp 22 / 30 mpg
2016 Scion iM* $19,255 N/A Hatchback 137 hp 28 / 37 mpg
2016 Scion iA* $16,495 N/A Sedan 106 hp 32 / 42 mpg

*All-new model coming soon.

Scion Pure Price

Scion Pure Price means the price you see in the dealership, on the dealership's website, or other dealer advertising locations is the price you pay. It goes on to include not only the vehicle, but accessories and finance rates, as well. It basically means no-haggle pricing. It's aimed at making the car buying process easy and painless, but we have one question: do they offer a better value than the models that they compete against?

Better Value?

When referring to car buying, we like to think of the term as offering a well-balanced group of both tangible and intangible features at a price that's reasonable. And the intersection of price and performance lies value. Yes, Scion's models do offer good value. No, they don't offer quite as much value as a 2015 Honda Fit or 2015 Hyundai Sonata. But they are right up there with the best of 'em, continually ranking in the top tier of residual value. Should you ever want or need to sell your Scion, you'll be relieved to realize that they don't depreciate much.

The Competition

So how do Scion's models stack up with the best the market has to offer? We take a closer look to examine what you, the car buyer, need to know before plunking down your hard earned cash.

MSRP Rebate Horsepower Fuel Efficiency
2015 Scion iQ $16,435 N/A 94 hp 36 / 37 mpg
2015 Smart fortwo $15,680 N/A 70 hp 34 / 38 mpg

Better Value: 2015 Scion iQ - Very similar price, but the Scion iQ has more power, better build quality and better fuel economy (city).

MSRP Rebate Horsepower Fuel Efficiency
2015 Scion xB $18,840 N/A 158 hp 22 / 28 mpg
2015 Kia Soul $18,015 $500 130 hp 23 / 31 mpg

Better Value: 2015 Scion xB - Slightly higher price, but more power with slightly less fuel economy.

MSRP Rebate Horsepower Fuel Efficiency
2015 Scion tC $19,980 N/A 179 hp 23 /31 mpg
2015 Honda Civic (Coupe) $19,110 $500 143 hp 28 / 36 mpg

Better Value: Tie - Pricing is neck-and-neck, but the Scion tC has more power while the Civic earns better fuel economy.

MSRP Rebate Horsepower Fuel Efficiency
2015 Scion FR-S $25,670 N/A 200 hp 22 / 30 mpg
2015 Ford Mustang $26,125 $500 310 hp 22 / 31 mpg

Better Value: 2015 Ford Mustang - No brainer here, as the Mustang costs about the same while producing 100 more horsepower and the same fuel economy as the FR-S.

MSRP Rebate Horsepower Fuel Efficiency
2016 Scion iM $19,255 N/A 137 hp 28 / 37 mpg
2015 Honda Fit $17,270 N/A 130 hp 29 / 37 mpg

Better Value: 2015 Honda Fit - The benchmark for the class, the Fit is priced lower and has slightly less horsepower with the same overall fuel economy.

MSRP Rebate Horsepower Fuel Efficiency
2015 Scion iA $16,495 N/A 106 hp 32 / 42 mpg
2015 Nissan Versa SV $16,355 $650 109 hp 31 / 40 mpg

Better Value: Tie - Take your pick, as the iA will come with more standard features, better fuel economy and sportier styling while the Versa has a lower overall base price. Note that the price about is for the more well-equipped Versa SV. Note that the base Nissan Versa S price rings in at $12,815.

, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida no longer works for CarsDirect. He was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

 

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