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2013 Scion iQ Review

Critics said the 2013 Scion iQ is very easy to park and drive in the city, but they caution that it has a noisy powertrain, very little cargo space and a rear seat that’s best left to children.

Pros & Cons

  • Easy to park
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Very little cargo space
  • Underpowered engine
  • Cramped rear seat




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 8.6
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2013 Scion iQ Overview

The 2013 Scion iQ has a four-cylinder engine, and while some test drivers said it has decent power from a stop, many wrote that the iQ offers limited passing power, and that it struggles to ascend hills. An automatic transmission (CVT) is standard, and critics wrote that it makes a lot of noise. The iQ gets an EPA-estimated 36/37 mpg city/highway, which is great compared to rival subcompact cars’ estimates. Auto writers said the iQ’s diminutive size and tight turning radius make it a breeze to park in tight spaces. Critics wrote that the iQ’s highway ride is fairly smooth, and that the suspension does a decent job of absorbing bumps in the road.

Some auto writers said the 2013 Scion iQ’s cabin is marked by budget plastics, but most reported that the interior features high-quality materials. The iQ seats four, and critics wrote that the front seats offer adequate room for two adults. The dashboard is set farther back on the right side, allowing for the front passenger to move forward and provide legroom for a rear passenger, though test drivers said that the back seats are best suited for children. Cargo space is extremely limited when the rear seats are in use. With the seats folded, the iQ has 16.7 cubic feet of space, which is also substantially less than most rival hatchbacks offer. The 2013 iQ comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, keyless entry, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel and a six-speaker Pioneer audio system. Available features include satellite radio and a premium audio system with a touch-screen display. Test drivers said that most of the controls are intuitive, and they appreciated that the upgraded stereo integrates with Pandora Internet radio and provides access to station lists. However, some thought that the stereo could offer better sound quality.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Ford Fiesta gets excellent fuel economy for the class, and it’s available in sedan and hatchback body styles. The Fiesta also earned praise for its nimble handling and stylish, high-quality interior when it was new.

The 2013 Honda Fit has one of the largest cargo holds in the class, and reviewers said there’s ample legroom in the rear seat, which is high praise for a subcompact car. The Fit’s small size makes it agile and fun to drive, they reported.

Compare the iQ, Fiesta and Fit »


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