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2013 Scion iQ

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2013 Scion iQ Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.9

If it's true that Americans don't like small cars, someone didn't tell the good folks at Scion. Along with the Mini Cooper, Fiat 500 and Smart Fortwo, the 2013 Scion iQ subcompact joins a growing gang of tiny commuter cars, perfect for those who live in big cities were speeds rarely break 30 mph and time behind the wheel is counted in minutes, not hours. Easy to park in tight spaces, the iQ's tiny exterior hides a rather roomy inside, at least up front. The rear seats are barely big enough to hold two people. But, the rear-passenger-side seat has more legroom thanks to the staggered design of the front-passenger seat tracks and a dashboard that sits slightly forward.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you live in big city with very little parking space, the iQ is worth its weight in gold. Its Toyota pedigree ensures its reliability as well as serviceability just about anywhere in the country, a bonus that Mini, Fiat or Smart can't promise.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The iQ is small and you may not feel very comfortable driving it out on a highway surrounded by big SUVs and 18-wheelers. Slightly larger subcompacts such as the Kia Rio, Nissan Versa or Ford Fiesta are more spacious inside, cost about the same and deliver equal or better fuel economy.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 5.9
  • 5.9
  • 6.7
  • 6.5
  • 5.7
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#3

out of 15

Fuel Economy

#12

out of 15

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.5 out of 10
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2013 Scion iQ Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

The 2013 Scion iQ is updated with content previously optional including the passenger under-seat tray, rear-deck box cover and rear speakers.

Driving the iQ
2013 Scion iQ Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions When you're behind the wheel of the 2013 Scion iQ hatchback, it's easy to forget you're in a car that's shorter than a Mini. You sit tall, like in the...

Fiat 500, and that gives excellent visibility. Unlike the Fiat, the Scion feels more sleek and coupe-like, thanks to a smaller greenhouse. Scion puts the dashboard and center stack further away, enhancing the impression you're driving a larger car. The 94-hp 4-cylinder is smooth and surprisingly quiet. Freeway speeds are comfy, with only a little nudge from side winds betraying the short wheelbase. In town, it's only when you crank over the steering wheel, when the iQ turns on its heels like an exuberant Jack Russell terrier, that it strikes you how maneuverable the little Scion is. Keep the CVT automatic transmission in Sport mode, and you'll get more zippy performance, but it can't match the Italians (Fiat) or Germans (Mini) for road feel and driving fun.
Favorite Features

LEATHER-WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL
You wouldn't think you'd get excited about a steering wheel, but the standard Scion iQ wheel has a fat, leather-wrapped rim, and angular contours that make it look like it came from a Ferrari. Nice.

STAGGERED 3-PERSON SEATING
By pushing the dashboard and console way forward, the Scion iQ puts the front passenger slightly ahead of the driver, adding enough room for a passenger in the back. Clever. No such luck for those behind the driver, though.

2013 Scion iQ Details
2013 Scion iQ Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Think of the 2013 Scion iQ as a 2-seater with room for an occasional third, and you've got it right. Considering the hatchback's tiny overall length, room up front is impressive. The seats are ample-sized and quite comfortable too. (Warning! If you've got both rear seats up, cargo room is nonexistent.) Even more impressive is the iQ interior design, with beautiful curved door handles, a curved cascading center stack, and nice-quality materials throughout. It's a nice place to spend time.

Exterior
2013 Scion iQ photo

When you think about the Scion iQ's competitors, you realize that both the Mini Cooper and the Fiat 500 are retro-classic designs that have been re-envisioned. The Scion charts a bold new course. It's funky and aero. So we were surprised our 2013 Scion iQ test car didn't turn more heads. We think it was the dark charcoal (magnet gray metallic) paint. We've seen other iQ hatchbacks in a bright orange ("Hot Lava" to Scion) and white ("Blizzard Pearl"), and they really grab your attention. Because it's a Scion, you have a wide choice of personalization, including accessory body parts and wheels, so making one your own should be easy.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Scion iQ comes impressively equipped. Standard items include air conditioning, power locks/windows/mirrors, keyless entry with electronic rear-hatch locking system, a thumping 160-watt Pioneer audio system with HD technology, a USB input for your iPod, Bluetooth connectivity, 16-inch covered steel wheels, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Buyers with safety concerns about the iQ's small size will be happy to know about its armada of airbags, including driver and passenger front, knee, seat-mounted side and side-curtain airbags. There are also unique front seat-cushion airbags and a rear-window airbag that deploys around the rear headrests.

Optional Equipment

There's basically only one Scion iQ, but like other Scion models, there's a nice array of accessories. On the outside, there are a 4-piece aero kit, rear spoiler, mudguards and fog lights. For the inside, the usual assortment of floor mats and cargo nets is available, plus a cool interior-lighting kit. Those of you looking to terrorize your local onramp can plump for Toyota Racing Development (TRD) lowering springs and a rear sway bar. Alloy wheels are available, as is a full-featured navigation system.

Under the Hood
2013 Scion iQ Engine photo

The front-wheel-drive 2013 Scion iQ gets its kicks from a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 94 hp. It may be small, but it's a technical powerhouse, with dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and dual-variable-valve timing. Toyota recommends 87-octane gasoline – combined with EPA fuel-economy estimates of 36 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, so you won't be spending so much at the pump.

1.3-liter inline-4
94 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
89 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 36/37 mpg

Pricing Notes

The 2013 Scion iQ starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $16,150 and can run up to $20,000 fully accessorized. That puts it right in the crosshairs of the 2013 Fiat 500, which starts at $16,200, but can top out at $25,000. Meanwhile, the 2013 Mini Cooper has a starting sticker price of around $20,200 and can top $30,000. Being the new kid on the block, we expect the 2013 Scion iQ will be in high demand to start – and that Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price will reflect real-world transaction prices close to MSRP. Resale should be equally impressive, although slightly lower than Scion's other cars.

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2013 Scion iQ Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 22 Ratings for the 2012 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

2014 Scion IQ is my idea of a sports car

By on Sunday, April 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Like a little sports car but at a smaller price"

Cons: "Could use cruise control."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Not sure why all the bad reviews. I think America just isn't ready for micro cars. I really like my little car. I am 6'2", 195 lbs and it fits me as well as any full size car. It drives sporty - peppy and responsive. Really glad I got this instead of a Smart or Fiat. Too bad Toyota is thinking of ending the car after 2014."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

2014 Scion IQ is my idea of a sports car

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Like a little sports car but at a smaller price"

Cons: "Could use cruise control."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Not sure why all the bad reviews. I think America just isn't ready for micro cars. I really like my little car. I am 6'2", 195 lbs and it fits me as well as any full size car. It drives sporty - peppy and responsive. Really glad I got this instead of a Smart or Fiat. Too bad Toyota is thinking of ending the car after 2014."

Disappointment

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "It's cheap but not cheap enough to be a good value"

Cons: "Too many to list"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The MPG rating on the sticker was 36/37. The actual for this car is 28/35. No leg room if you are tall. It has no cruise control. The Bluetooth is of very poor sound quality. The doors do not auto lock when you start driving. The seats are very uncomfortable and have no lumbar support. It's an OK car for around town (a small town), but for any out of town trips just forget about it! Do not purchase this car. It depreciated faster than most cars, lost 50% of it's value in less than 2 years. They call it a 3 seater but it is actually a 2 seater just like the Smart car."

Disappointment

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "It's cheap but not cheap enough to be a good value"

Cons: "Too many to list"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The MPG rating on the sticker was 36/37. The actual for this car is 28/35. No leg room if you are tall. It has no cruise control. The Bluetooth is of very poor sound quality. The doors do not auto lock when you start driving. The seats are very uncomfortable and have no lumbar support. It's an OK car for around town (a small town), but for any out of town trips just forget about it! Do not purchase this car. It depreciated faster than most cars, lost 50% of it's value in less than 2 years. They call it a 3 seater but it is actually a 2 seater just like the Smart car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Disappointment

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "It's cheap but not cheap enough to be a good value"

Cons: "Too many to list"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The MPG rating on the sticker was 36/37. The actual for this car is 28/35. No leg room if you are tall. It has no cruise control. The Bluetooth is of very poor sound quality. The doors do not auto lock when you start driving. The seats are very uncomfortable and have no lumbar support. It's an OK car for around town (a small town), but for any out of town trips just forget about it! Do not purchase this car. It depreciated faster than most cars, lost 50% of it's value in less than 2 years. They call it a 3 seater but it is actually a 2 seater just like the Smart car."

My Favorite Car!

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and fun to park"

Cons: "Not enough power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After a lot of thought it was time for the Lexus to go. 20 mpg in a 12 year old car that only ran on premium unleaded fuel just didn't add up for me. I almost went and looked at a Smart car when I remembered that Toyota had come out with the Scion IQ last year so I started doing my research. The car magazines were not kind to it saying that it was slow and the CVT transmission didn't ever seem to be in the right gear, etc, etc. I guess maybe Toyota didn't pay enough to advertise in these magazines because they could not have been driving an IQ. One test drive was all it took for me. The car is a ball in town because of its short size and speedy throttle response and holds it own on the Interstates cruising comfortably in the fast lane at 80 and it is not disturbed by the wake coming from tractor trailers. The IQ is BIG inside and comfortable for two. Yes it has two back seats but they are better left folded down. Store stuff under them before you fold them down. Toyota designed this car from the insde out first making sure that larger Americans like me could fit in it. I'm 5'11 and 240lbs and it fits me fine. If there were two of me sitting in a Smart Car we'd be rubbing shoulders. Not in the IQ. Plenty of room for 2 full sized adults. With back seats folded flat there is plenty of room in the back for our two Scottish terriers."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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