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2013 Scion iQ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Scion iQ was new.


Interior: 6.9

Auto writers say the 2013 Scion iQ is made with some cheap plastics, but they do like the interior’s overall design. Reviewers also like that the iQ has a lot of standard features for the class.  According to test drivers, front-seat space is plentiful and cargo space is pretty good for such a small vehicle, but the second-row seats are very cramped.

  • "Overall materials quality is of the rock-hard plastic variety, which isn't entirely surprising at this price point." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin materials are good, with niceties like one-touch power windows, tasteful piano-black accents and padding on the doors for your arms and elbows. All are uncommon among subcompacts. …" -- Cars.com (2012)
  • "The interior is a genuinely enjoyable place to spend a bit of time, with relatively high-quality, soft-touch plastics up front that predictably devolve into lower-class kit further down." -- Autoblog (2012)


According to test drivers, the four-seat 2013 iQ has impressive front-seat space for a car of its size. There is plenty of space for a driver and front passenger, and one reviewer says that the front passenger will have more than enough legroom because the iQ doesn’t have a glovebox. One reviewer likes the seats and says they’re comfortable, even though they don’t have enough padding. The iQ’s second row is tiny, so it’s no surprise that reviewers have complaints. They say that it’s hard to enter and exit the second row, and mention that if the front seats are pushed back, there’s no leg space.

  • "At least there's plenty of room for the driver, and exceptional legroom for the front passenger because there's no glove compartment." -- Cars.com (2012)
  • "The seats, thin and lacking any serious bolstering, kept us comfortable during a pair of hour-plus stints behind the wheel. …" -- Autoblog (2012)
  • "Two people can fit comfortably, but we wouldn't inflict a long ride in the back seat on anyone we like." -- AutoWeek (2012)
  • "Even with the passenger seat thrown forward for ingress, it’s a chore to get to the rear seat. It’s not roomy back there, but that there’s any space at all is a miracle of packaging efficiency and owes something to the engine placement." -- Car and Driver (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 iQ has a lot of standard features for the class. It has a four-speaker Pioneer stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio and auxiliary audio and USB ports. Satellite radio and a Pioneer premium audio system are optional.

Auto writers are impressed that the iQ has so many standard features. They also like that the dashboard layout is logical. However, one reviewer complains about the stereo systems, and says that neither the standard Pioneer stereo nor the optional one has impressive sound quality. 

See the full 2013 Scion iQ specs »

  • "Inside, the driver faces a thick, flat-bottomed, three-spoke steering wheel covered in red-stitched leather and an instrument panel that nestles the tach in the lower right quadrant of the speedometer. And there’s an information screen to the left of those. It’s a compact, logical, and legible arrangement." -- Car and Driver (2012)
  • "The instrumentation itself is logical, informative and easy to scan. Atop the center dash is a large pod that contains a Pioneer audio head unit; just below that are three knobs that control ventilation. Every switch operates with precision and every plastic surface has a pleasing texture." -- The New York Times (2012)
  • "The Pandora interface worked great, with easy access to the station list." -- CNET (2012)
  • "As usual, Scion's choice of radios leaves something to be desired. Even the top-spec system, a 200-watt Pioneer system with four speakers, offers poor sound quality." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)


With the rear seats in use, the 2013 Scion iQ has 3.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is very small. When the rear seats are folded, the available room increases to 16.7 cubic feet. Compared with other small hatchbacks, the iQ doesn’t have much cargo room, but reviewers are surprised that the tiny iQ offers as much cargo space as it does. Few test drivers comment on interior storage, but one who does says there are few interior cubbies.

  • "Other interior storage includes space for four 25-ounce containers in the doors, plus two rear cupholders and one in the center console. There is no glovebox, however, and the available space doesn't go far." -- Edmunds
  • "With the rear seat folded down, a useful 16.7 cubic feet of storage is available." -- The New York Times (2012)
  • "But the iQ packs some surprising utility." -- CNET (2012)

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