Tiny footprint; surprisingly entertaining handling; impressive combined fuel economy
Costs as much as some regular cars; performance-sapping CVT
The iQ receives a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen display and a limited-edition 10 Series trim level
The base iQ is already pushing it on price, so we couldn't justify spending more to get the 10 Series. The entry-level specification would be the one we'd choose, and with minimal accessories at that.
The 2014 Scion iQ is offered in two trim levels -- base and 10 Series -- with a range of optional accessories.
Standard features on the base iQ ($16,420) include 16-in steel wheels with plastic covers, air conditioning, power accessories, a tilt-only leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 4-speaker audio system with a 6.1-in touchscreen display, Bluetooth and iPod/USB connectivity.
The iQ 10 Series ($18,605) adds 16-in alloy wheels, special silver paint, a jackknife-style key, illuminated exterior front and rear Scion badges, premium Pioneer audio, a solar-powered illuminated shift knob, 10 Series badging and silver seat belts.
Scions are all about accessorizing, so the iQ has a long list of add-ons, notably 16-in alloy wheels and premium Pioneer audio (both standard on the 10 Series), a 7-color interior lighting system and performance-oriented upgrades such as lowering springs.
In terms of versatility features, we think it's likely that most iQ owners will keep the rear seats folded flat, because otherwise there's basically no cargo capacity. Scion claims 3.5 cu ft of space behind the rear seat backs, but in truth, you could barely fit a child's knapsack back there. The seat backs are almost flush against the back wall of the car. Flip the rear seats into the floor, however, and you have a flat loading area with 16.7 cu ft to play with. Considering that measurement's bigger than most sedan trunks, it's pretty impressive for a microcar.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
FIAT 500 -- The 500 can't match the iQ's overall fuel economy, but it does have a more usable back seat and a healthy dollop of Italian style.
Hyundai Elantra -- Here's an example of a larger car that can be had for iQ-level money. The Elantra is basically better at everything besides parking.