2015 Scion iQ

Pros: Outstanding close-quarters maneuverability; excellent all-around visibility; comprehensive array of safety features; good fuel economy

Cons: Lots of noise, especially in highway driving; nervous, jittery ride at freeway speeds; stiff ride over bumpy pavement; limited passenger and cargo space

CG Says: The Scion iQ is unchanged for 2015, its final year of production. iQ aims at trendy young urban types as a funky runabout that’s easy on gas, fits in places other cars won’t, and is decent fun to drive. But it’s really just basic transportation with a designer sheen, clearly patterned on the Smart ForTwo in both name and concept. And though roomier and more practical than the Smart, as well as usefully quicker and more mechanically polished, the iQ costs more than many other subcompacts that offer four doors and four adult-size seats, not to mention a smoother, quieter ride. It gets even more expensive with just a few options, some of which seem overpriced. In all, the Scion iQ is a fine exercise in space efficiency, but it’s neither good value nor a brainy small-car choice except for those who can live with the compromises of its minimalist design.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 2-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Scion
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Base: $15,665

Base Engine
1.3-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
94
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
36
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37

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