Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.6
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2015 Scion iQ Review

The 2015 Scion iQ has few things going for it, so it should come as no surprise that it ranks in the lower half of the subcompact car class. The car has anemic performance and a small, spartan interior. Its safety and reliability ratings are also merely average. 

Pros & Cons

  • Great gas mileage
  • Easy maneuverability
  • Noisy, underpowered engine
  • Poor ride quality on the highway
  • Miniscule cargo space

2015 Scion iQ Overview

Is the 2015 Scion iQ a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Scion iQ is an easily maneuverable city car with a handful of attractive features, like an infotainment system that makes it a tolerable daily companion. However, if you want engaging performance or substantial cargo and passenger space, you're better off looking at almost any other car in the class.

Used 2015 Scion iQ Performance and Interior

The 2015 Scion iQ is powered by a measly 94-horsepower four-cylinder engine. That’s enough power to zip the iQ around town without much effort, but getting up to highway speeds or merging is more difficult. The iQ’s continuously variable automatic transmission causes a loud droning noise during hard acceleration. One positive of the iQ's diminutive drivetrain is excellent fuel economy of 36 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

The iQ's small wheelbase makes it most suitable as a city car. It's easy to park and drive through tight spaces, but it lacks engaging handling on the road. The iQ also feels unstable at high speeds and gets tossed around on rough pavement.

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Unlike some other subcompact cars, the 2015 iQ can seat four people. The front seats are comfortable and offer a good view of the road. A passenger riding shotgun will enjoy good legroom, as the dashboard is set farther ahead on that side. That also means adults riding in the back will be more comfortable on the passenger side. The back seat behind the driver is best left to a child. The iQ's cargo space is very small even for the class, offering room for only a couple of grocery bags. Fold the second row down, and the cargo space is roughly equivalent to the trunk of a midsize sedan.

The 2015 iQ is well-loaded for the class with a standard touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, a six-speaker Pioneer sound system, and keyless entry. The only options offered in 2015 were a premium sound system, navigation, and smartphone app integration.

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Used 2015 Scion iQ Prices

You can expect to pay around $11,300 for a used 2015 Scion iQ, which comes in only one trim level. Exact prices vary based on each vehicle’s mileage, condition, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Scion iQ?

The 2015 iQ has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is considered average across the industry. However, most cars in the iQ's class score a three or below.

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How Safe Is the iQ?

Due to their size, subcompact cars generally get lower safety scores than cars in other segments of the market. The 2015 iQ is right in the middle of its class; it earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the highest rating of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in three individual tests. The car earned a slightly lower score in its fourth IIHS test, the rear crash protection evaluation.

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Should I Consider Another Used iQ?

The Scion iQ debuted in 2012 and was only produced through the 2015 model year. It saw few major changes over its life, meaning you can likely save money by choosing a very similar older model. A touch-screen infotainment system became standard for the 2014 model year, so you'll want to focus on 2014 and 2015 models if that's important to you.

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Which Used Scion iQ Is Right for Me?

The 2015 iQ only has one trim level, and nearly all features come standard. Though you won't have to search for a specific trim level, you may want to seek out the extra security of a certified pre-owned iQ. Scion provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Scion must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Scion warranty page carefully.

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2015 Scion iQ and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion iQ or 2015 Toyota Yaris?

The 2015 Toyota Yaris is one of the most reliable used cars in its class, with a near-perfect rating from J.D. Power. In contrast to the iQ, the Yaris offers quality cabin materials and a back seat that’s spacious enough for adults. Four doors means greater ease of access for passengers, and you'll also get more cargo space in the Yaris. Both cars deliver ho-hum performance, but similar eye-catching standard features. Overall, the Yaris is a much better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion iQ or 2015 Fiat 500?

The main draws of a used 2015 Fiat 500 are the available turbocharged engines in 500 Turbo and Abarth models, which give this car swift acceleration. Otherwise, the standard engine is just as tame as most others in the class. The 500 gets among the lowest reliability ratings of all cars, and it has less standard and available features than the iQ. The second row is likely too small for adult passengers as well. A Fiat 500 Turbo or Abarth may be worth buying, but if you are only looking at a standard model, the Scion iQ is the better bet.

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