Tiny footprint; surprisingly entertaining handling; impressive combined fuel economy
What We Don't
Costs as much as some regular cars; performance-sapping continuously variable automatic (CVT)
The iQ receives no changes this year.
The base iQ specification would be the one that we'd choose, as the value proposition suffers further once you start adding accessories. Find a Scion iQ for sale
The 2015 Scion iQ is offered in a single trim level with a range of optional accessories.
Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, air conditioning, fully powered accessories, a tilt-only leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 6-speaker audio system with a 6.1-in touchscreen display, Bluetooth and iPod/USB connectivity.
Scions are all about accessorizing, so the iQ has a long list of add-ons, notably 16-in alloy wheels, a BeSpoke infotainment system (including internet radio, Yelp, TripAdvisor and other online services), a 7-color interior lighting system and performance-oriented upgrades such as lowering springs.
In terms of versatility, 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 seatbacks, but in truth, you could barely fit a child's knapsack back there: The seatbacks 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, which is a measurement bigger than most sedan trunks. That'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|
2015 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.
2015 Hyundai Elantra -- The Elantra is an example of a larger car that can be had for iQ-level money and is basically better at everything besides parking.
2015 Kia Rio -- The Rio hatchback is a tempting alternative to the iQ, as it's packed with space and features while remaining within shouting distance of the Scion's compact dimensions.
Used Volkswagen Golf -- The Golf is what we'd call a premium economy car, meaning that it's out of the iQ's league if you're comparing new to new. As a certified pre-owned option, though, the Golf easily drops into the Scion's price range or even below.