Used 2013 Scion iQ Hatchback
Scion iQ Hatchback
Outside of cramped cities the tiny, 3+1 seat Scion iQ drives almost like a real car but parking prowess remains its strongest attribute.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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
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.
94 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
89 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 36/37 mpg
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.
Scion iQ Consumer Reviews
September 02, 2016
Smallest 4 seater, used in NYC.
I have this car for a while now and I can truly say its a great car. It is the most convenient car to own in New York City where parking...
November 13, 2015
Exactly what I wanted out of a city vehicle
I purchased my scion IQ when I started working a job that required travel in the city every day. It gets about 36 mpg all around but...
July 05, 2015
Still LOVE my IQ
I wrote the first review for the IQ back in 2012 when I first bought this car. I still LOVE my IQ. I use this car to commute, going up...
May 12, 2015
Love my iQ
Have had my iQ for 1.5 years, no complaint at all! I knew it was a compact car when I got it, I was pleasantly surprised at how spacious...
May 06, 2015
Has some road noise when on the highway,,,but we rarely go on the highway......so it is the perfect car for my husband and me. Plenty of...
April 04, 2015
Love my iQ!
So I recently purchased my iQ and let me tell you that I am obsessed with it. I love driving it! Sure, it isn't the fastest car I have...
October 04, 2014
Good Things Come in Small Packages
I was originally looking for a small used car, like a Hyundai or Kia. I live in Seattle where parking can be limited. After an...
July 24, 2014
Great buy for the money!
As long as you don't need the extra space of a trunk, the car has it all. Two rear seats with belts, headrests, and airbags make it...
June 27, 2014
Great Small Car
I bought a used 2012 iQ and have had it for two months and so far have enjoyed the little car. I am a 6'2" 250lb man in my late 40's and...
June 21, 2014
Cute little run about car.
I love my little Scion IQ. It was rated by CR pretty low, but mostly for being low on pep, but I have yet to have that problem at all. I...