7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.8
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 8.6
Reliability:
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2014 Scion iQ Review

The 2014 Scion iQ is a cheap, fuel-efficient little car. However, it holds a low spot in our rankings due to its meager highway power, uncomfortable ride, fussy handling, and teeny tiny cargo hold.

Pros & Cons

  • Terrific fuel economy
  • Low ownership costs
  • Inadequate highway power
  • Stiff ride, unsettled handling
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Minuscule cargo hold

New for 2014

  • Touch-screen display became standard
  • Model-year-exlusive 10 Series trim

2014 Scion iQ Overview

Is the 2014 Scion iQ a Good Used Car?

With so many higher-ranked classmates, you’re better off avoiding the Scion iQ. Although its cost of ownership and fuel economy estimates are appealing, you can find sprightlier performance and a roomier interior elsewhere.

Used 2014 Scion iQ Performance and Interior

The Scion iQ comes standard with a noisy 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 94 horsepower. You’ll have no problem scooting around in the city, but getting up to speed to merge onto the highway can take a while. The standard continuously variable transmission, or CVT, fails to make the most of available power. Fuel economy is excellent for the class, at 36 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

The front-wheel-drive iQ has a tight turning radius, which makes U-turns a breeze. The iQ’s short wheelbase gives it a firm ride. Notably, you’ll need to make more frequent steering adjustments than usual to keep the iQ in a straight line.

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Although the iQ’s cabin is teeming with hard plastics, it features a stylish design and straightforward controls. Up front, the iQ’s seats are spacious for anyone shorter than 6 feet. Taller occupants may be uncomfortable and will have trouble getting into and out of the vehicle. Although Scion billed the iQ as a four-seat hatchback, the rear seats are unpleasantly small – especially behind the driver’s seat. Still, an adult can fit behind the front passenger seat in a pinch.

Every model comes with cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and split-folding rear seats. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat. The iQ musters a paltry 3.5 cubic feet of cargo room. That space increases to 16.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is not much more than what some subcompacts offer with their seats in use.

It’s hard to beat the iQ’s long list of standard features. It comes with air conditioning, keyless entry, a trip computer, a six-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, a USB port, HD Radio, and Bluetooth for phone calls and audio streaming. Some used models feature a BeSpoke audio system, which adds navigation, smartphone app integration, and better sound quality.

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Used 2014 Scion iQ Prices

Used prices range from about $9,800 for a base iQ model to around $11,200 for a 10 Series model. Prices change depending on demand and the vehicle's location, mileage, and condition.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Scion iQ?

The 2014 Scion iQ has a reliability rating of three out of five, which J.D. Power considers average across the industry.

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How Safe Is the iQ?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 iQ the highest score of Good in the moderate overlap front, side impact, and roof strength tests. For the rear crash protection test, the iQ scored Acceptable – the second-highest score. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the iQ four stars for its overall, frontal crash, and rollover ratings. It scored a three out of five for the side crash test.

Aside from standard features like airbags and anti-lock brakes, the iQ doesn’t offer any advanced safety equipment. Some rivals offer a rearview camera as a standard or available feature.

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Should I Consider Another Used iQ?

Production of the iQ spanned the 2012 through 2015 model years. Scion added rear speakers to the iQ for 2013. You can save money by getting a 2012 or 2013 model, but you’ll miss out on the touch-screen display added for 2014. The limited edition 10 Series trim is exclusive to this model year as well.

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Which Used Scion iQ Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Scion iQ comes in two trims: iQ and 10 Series. The 10 Series features 16-inch alloy wheels, electroluminescent dash panels, and a solar-powered illuminated shift knob. If you don’t need the extra flair, get the base model. Music lovers should search out models with the available BeSpoke audio system, which also comes with navigation.

For added peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. Scion provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all CPO 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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2014 Scion iQ and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion iQ or 2014 Toyota Yaris?

You’ll get more car for your money with the similarly priced Toyota Yaris. Like the iQ, the Yaris has decent acceleration at low speeds but loses power as the speedometer climbs. Still, the Toyota has a better fuel economy rating, a higher reliability rating, a smoother ride, and roomier rear seats. The four-door Yaris offers similar cargo space with its rear seats in use as the iQ does with its rear seats folded. However, the iQ comes with more standard features, including power windows and keyless entry.

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion iQ or 2014 Fiat 500?

The Fiat 500 has a lower starting price and more cargo space than the Scion iQ. Its base power plant struggles to keep up on the highway, but the available turbocharged engine in the performance-oriented Abarth trim gives this Fiat the extra power it needs. The 500 has sportier handling than the iQ, but it’s no sports car. It, too, has a budget-minded interior and tight rear seats. If you’re looking for excellent fuel economy, you’re better off with the iQ. If you have other priorities, the 500 will likely suit you better.

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