2013 Scion iQ

  • 2013 Scion iQ Base Hatchback

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2013 Scion iQ Review

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The 2013 Scion iQ is a sub-compact mini-car with lots of personality and fun included. This model is equipped with an extremely fuel economic powertrain capable of keeping the little car going on the highway or roadways with no trouble. It also has a cute, sleek design perfect for those that want some attention without the problems that come with a huge price tag. Only on its second model year, the iQ has become popular with the college-age consumer as well as single people with no need to haul lots of passengers around. Scion was sure to fully stock the iQ with plenty of standard features. It doesn’t have enough room for a center console and some other common features, but what it does have are well made and make use of high quality materials. Overall, this model is a good choice in its category.

New For 2013

The Scion iQ was introduced new for the 2012 model year. For 2013, the company has chosen to leave the sub-compact car virtually unchanged.


In order to keep things simple, which is the purpose of a micro sub-compact car, Scion is offering the iQ in only one trim level. This model has three doors and is intended to seat four people. Despite its small size, Scion manages to include a great deal of style and detailing for this car. There is no doubt that many potential buyers will consider the iQ because of its cute factor. There is no way to see a car this small and not think it’s cute. However, it does have some serious detailing and styling on the exterior that is quite impressive. The front end of the car is distinctive with slightly recessed headlights and small grille. The Scion logo is prominently displayed on the center of the hood. The sides are kept simple and rear fenders flare just a bit to accommodate the wheels and tires, as well as add a bit of visual interest. And due to its size and unique designing, the iQ is sure to get some attention anywhere it goes.

Interior & Cargo

Being tiny hasn’t stopped the 2013 Scion iQ from making an impressive in the cabin either. This car has been well thought out and offers much of the same technology and comforts as its larger competitors. In addition to the expected power locks, doors, and windows, the iQ also features Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, a USB port, a regular jack for other forms of music devices, and HD radio technology. Scion designed the iQ with a leather wrapped steering wheel and leather accented shift knob for a touch of elegance in the cabin. The rear seats in the iQ split 50/50 and are designed to provide additional cargo space when folded down. This car has an impressive cargo hold for its size at 16.7 cubic feet.


Much like the other standard features Scion has found a way to stock the iQ with plenty of standard safety features as well. It turns out a vehicle doesn’t have to be large to be fully equipped. The 2013 Scion iQ is outfitted with front side airbags, side and rear airbags, as well a switch to turn the front airbags on or off as needed. Naturally the iQ is also equipped with anti-lock brakes and traction control. Stability control and a tire pressure monitor are standard equipment as well. Overall, the iQ is ready for action in terms of safety on the highway or roadways.

Driving Experience

It would be unwise to expect sport car like precision and handling from the 2013 Scion iQ, but it certainly is a drivable little car with lots of personality. This car is equipped with a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine capable of 94 hp and 89 lb-ft of torque. While it doesn’t sound impressive, it is enough to jet this little mini-car anywhere it wants to go. There is no denying the incredible fuel economy is one of the reasons to consider the iQ. It also has lots of fun handling capabilities going for it as well. Most test drivers were surprised at how well the iQ handles sharp twists and turns.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Scion iQ

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