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2015 Scion iQ Review

The 2015 Scion iQ has meager performance and a cramped interior. For these reasons, it ranks near the bottom of the subcompact car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Great gas mileage
  • Easy maneuverability
  • Some ownership costs are very low
  • Noisy, underwhelming powertrain
  • Poor ride quality on the highway
  • Subpar cabin quality
  • Tiny cargo hold




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 Overview

Is the 2015 Scion iQ a Good Used Car?

No, the Scion iQ is not a good used subcompact car. With less than 100 horsepower, it only feels adequate for around-town driving. However, its tiny size is a boon for city dwellers. The iQ also has a low-rent interior with very little room for cargo.

If you need an inexpensive car, this Scion's low list prices and a very low five-year ownership total may be appealing to you. However, if you want engaging performance, substantial passenger and cargo space, or advanced safety features, you're better off looking at almost any other car in the class.

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We’ve researched 31 Scion iQ reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Scion iQ?

Based on listings for the 2015 Scion iQ on our site, the average list price is $11,800, which is about average for the class. Prices range from $10,000 to $13,400 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Scion iQ Cost to Own?

The 2015 iQ’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $18,600, or $3,720 per year. That’s the lowest total among subcompact cars and one of the lowest estimates for all 2015 consumer vehicles.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New iQ?

The Scion iQ was last produced for the 2015 model year, so you can’t buy a new one.

There are only a handful of new cars you can buy for what you might pay for a used 2015 Scion iQ. The least expensive new car on the market is the 2019 Nissan Versa, which has an MSRP of $12,460. The Versa has an excellent predicted reliability rating, but aside from that, we really can't say too many nice things about it. Instead, look to a new subcompact car like the 2019 Chevrolet Spark, which starts at $13,220. The Spark comes standard with modern features like an infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

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Which Model Year of the Scion iQ Is Best?

Production of the Scion iQ spanned the 2012 through 2015 model years. It saw few notable changes over its lifespan. A touch-screen infotainment system became standard for the 2014 model year.

You can likely save money by choosing an older model, which will be similar to a more recent model, but you'll want to focus on 2014 and 2015 models if the infotainment system is important to you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Scion iQ?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 iQ a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Scion iQ Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2015 Scion iQ.

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Which Used Scion iQ Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Scion iQ is only available in one trim, so the features don't vary much between models. Some models may come with an originally dealer-installed BeSpoke audio system with navigation and native smartphone integration.

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What Does Scion's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for Scion vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all Scion certified pre-owned vehicles, and Toyota extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date 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.

Toyota manages Scion's CPO program, and it's about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Honda, and Hyundai all have better programs.

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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. Still, the 2015 Scion iQ’s crash test results are smack in the middle of the class.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the iQ an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and three stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the iQ the highest rating of Good in three crash tests and the second-highest score of Acceptable in a fourth IIHS test for head restraints and seats.

The Scion iQ is not available with any advanced safety features, such as a rearview camera.

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2015 Scion iQ Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Fiat 500 is another quirky little two-door subcompact car. Both it and the iQ rank low in the class because of their cramped cabins, drab interior quality, and bland performance. The 500 has a lower average list price than he iQ by about $1,400, and you can likely find a 500 for less than $10,000. However, the Fiat is projected to cost you roughly $4,300 more in five-year ownership costs. The sporty 500 Abarth and its turbocharged engine is much more appealing for spirited drivers, and it's the only 500 model worth considering. However, this Fiat is plagued by a bottom-of-the-barrel reliability rating, making it hard for us to recommend.

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion iQ or 2015 Honda Fit?

The 2015 Honda Fit is better than the Scion iQ by leaps and bounds. Honda's subcompact hatchback ranks highly in this segment thanks to its to ample passenger space and huge cargo hold. It also boasts upscale materials inside and a comfortable ride. When it was new, we named the Fit our 2015 Best Hatchback for the Money and 2015 Best Subcompact Car for the Money. The major advantage the iQ has over the fit is cost – the average price of the Honda is a couple thousand dollars higher, and it'll run you an extra $2,500 in five-year operating expenses. Still, the Fit is definitely worth springing for over the unimpressive Scion.

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2015 iQ Performance

How Does the 2015 Scion iQ Drive?

Under the hood of the Scion iQ is a tiny four-cylinder engine that squeaks out 94 horsepower. That's in line with the car's primary mission as a city car, so you'll have enough pep to zip around town at lower speeds. The iQ's small stature makes it easy to maneuver through traffic and squeeze into tight parking spaces. However, this Scion lacks engaging handling.

Getting up to freeway speeds, merging with fast-moving traffic, and overtaking slower vehicles is difficult. Under hard acceleration, the continuously variable automatic transmission triggers noisy engine drone. The iQ can also feel a little unstable when going fast, and it gets tossed around over bumps in the road.

Does the 2015 Scion iQ Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 iQ gets excellent fuel economy for the class, at an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

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2015 iQ Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 iQ Seat?

It may not look like it from the outside, but the Scion iQ holds four people. The front seats are flat and wide, so they're comfortable enough for short trips. However, there's no armrest, and a lack of side support means the seats won't cradle you lovingly for longer excursions. Outward visibility for the driver is very good.

The front passenger should enjoy lots of legroom because the dashboard is set farther forward on that side. An adult occupant can sit comfortably in the back seat on the passenger side because of this arrangement, but the other rear seat behind the driver is very small.

Befitting its price point, the iQ's cabin is mostly full of hard plastic surfaces. Cloth upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Scion iQ?

The 2015 iQ has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. All of the LATCH anchors are easy to find and use, but the car’s tiny back seat may not adequately fit some types of car seats.

2015 Scion iQ Features

Standard features include power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, and a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system with a six-speaker Pioneer stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a USB port. Available features include an upgraded infotainment system with a BeSpoke audio system, navigation, and smartphone integration.

All of the controls are easy to reach from the driver's seat, and there are three large knobs for climate adjustments. The touch screen is also straightforward.

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2015 Scion iQ Dimensions

Scion iQ Cargo Space

The Scion iQ has a puny 3.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat, which is one of the lowest totals of any car on the market. Fold down the second row and you’ll get 16.7 cubic feet – still a small maximum capacity for a subcompact hatchback.

2015 iQ Length and Weight

The iQ is 10 feet long. It has a curb weight of 2,127 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Scion iQ Built?

Toyota built the Scion iQ in Japan.

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