2015 Scion iQ

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36 CITY / 37 HWY
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What's New for 2015:
  • Scion makes no changes to the iQ in what is expected to be its final year on the market

Intended primarily for use in urban areas, the Scion iQ is Toyota Motor Corp.'s answer to the Smart Fortwo, but is equipped with \"3+1\" seating that the automaker claims is good for three adults and a child. Tall in height, short in length, and wide in girth, the Scion iQ epitomizes the city car concept--a vehicle designed to be nimble in cities and easy to park almost anywhere.

Models and Features
Like other Scion models, the iQ is offered in what is referred to as mono-spec format. Everything comes standard, except for dealer-installed accessories that allow an owner to personalize an iQ. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard, meaning the buyer selects a paint color and then decides if they want to upgrade with extras. The catalog even contains a handful of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) parts.

At a base price of $16,435 including the destination charge, the 2015 Scion iQ is equipped with more than just a CVT. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, power-adjustable and manual-folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators, outside temperature gauge, and a tilt steering wheel. The standard 6.1-in. touch-screen infotainment system includes Bluetooth connectivity with music-streaming capability, USB port, and a 160-watt premium sound system with HD Radio.

Under the Hood
Unlike a Smart Fortwo, which has its engine tucked beneath the cargo area above the rear drive wheels, the Scion iQ's 94-horsepower, 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine resides up front under the hood and delivers its power to the car's front wheels.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2015 Scion iQ is expected to get 36 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
Every Scion iQ is equipped with 11 standard air bags as well as a first-aid kit and Toyota's Smart Stop Technology, which is designed to prevent instances of unintended acceleration.

Among the options for the iQ, a BeSpoke infotainment system upgrade adds a voice-activated navigation system and Aha smartphone connectivity and services. Aha provides access to global Internet radio, social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter, the ability to find local business establishments of many kinds, and more. Note that data-usage fees do apply when using Aha.


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