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2013 Scion iQ Hatchback

2013 Scion iQ Review

(0 Stars)  A small car for big cities.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The iQ went on sale nationwide last spring. For 2013, there’s a bit more standard equipment: an underseat auxiliary tray for the front-passenger seat, a cover for the cargo area, and rear speakers.
Overview
The notion of an ultracompact city car is pretty foreign to most Americans, but if you live in a crowded urban center, it can make sense. Heretofore, the only city car available in the United States was the disappointing Smart ForTwo, but the Scion iQ might redeem the concept. The iQ is longer than the Smart by about a foot, but it’s still two feet shorter than a Fiat 500. Unlike Smart, Scion squeezes in four seats—although the company characterizes the iQ as a three-plus-one-seater. That’s because the front-passenger seat is mounted farther forward than the driver’s seat, allowing enough space for a passenger in the right rear seat. Meanwhile, the left rear seat is almost unusable unless the driver’s seat is all the way forward. The iQ’s continuously variable automatic transmission is leagues better than Smart’s jerky gearbox. The Scion’s tiny 1.3-liter engine makes only 94 hp, but the iQ weighs 2127 pounds, so it doesn’t necessarily feel underpowered. Fuel economy is quite good in the city (where you’re most likely to drive it), but on the highway, it falls short of the 40-mpg mark. Ride quality is far better than you’d expect with such a short wheelbase, and the steering is a delight. The 25.8-foot turning radius is nearly three feet fewer than a Smart’s; you can’t beat that for maneuverability.

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2013 iQ Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.3L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 36 MPG city, 37 MPG highway, 37 MPG combined and 313 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
8.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 94 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 89 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm

'13 Scion Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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