2013 Scion iQ Preview

Jeff Youngs | Feb 26, 2013
  • Rear speaker added for 2013
  • This supermini emphasizes economical city driving
  • Billed by Scion as the world's smallest 4-seater


The Scion iQ is a 2-door, 4-passenger supermini, which Scion (a division of Toyota) claims is the world's smallest 4-seat vehicle. It competes directly with the Smart Fortwo. The Scion iQ is known outside the United States as the Toyota iQ or the Aston Martin Cygnet. It features a cube-like profile, and the manufacturer cites its fuel economy as its most attractive feature. Ease of parking is considered a selling point as the iQ boasts a turning circle of 26.4 feet. Having debuted in the United States in 2012, the 2013 iQ carries over with few changes.

Exterior Features

The Scion iQ is available in a single trim and features 16-inch steel wheels with a choice of plastic wheel covers. Standard features include keyless entry, and many dealer-installed add-ons are available. Colors include Black, Grey, Silver, Currant, Light Blue, or Fiery Orange; Blizzard Pearl is available for an additional charge.

Interior Features

Standard interior features include power accessories, air conditioning, and a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel. The iQ features cloth-upholstered bucket seats in front and 50/50 split-folding seats in the rear. The interior is designed to maximize the available space. The passenger side of the dash sits farther forward than is usual, permitting the passenger seat to be adjusted to accommodate an adult rear passenger; the driver-side rear seat will accommodate a child. Cargo space is 3.5 cubic feet--16.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.The vehicle contains seven cupholders: two in each door; two in the rear; and one in the center console. A rear speaker is new for this year.

Optional Features

The 2013 Scion iQ offers plain basic equipment as well as a wide range of options for the vehicle's exterior and interior. Exterior options include premium wheels, alloy wheel locks, TRD lowering springs, sway bar set, rear spoiler, paint protection film for the hood and front fender, fog lights, and mud flaps. Interior options include an ashtray cup, cargo net, tote, regular or all-weather front floor mats, rear floor mats, carpet cargo mat, door sill enhancements, illuminated door sills, interior lighting kit, leather-wrapped gearshift knob, or a premium TRD gearshift knob. The BeSpoke premium audio system and SiriusXM satellite radio are also available, and Scion offers a range of protection and service options.

Under the Hood

The standard power plant in the 2013 Scion iQ is a 1.3-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine that delivers 94 horsepower and 89 lb.-ft. of torque. A continuous variable speed automatic transmission is standard.

Fuel Economy

Fuel-economy figures for the 2013 Scion iQ are 36 mpg city, 37 mpg on the highway as rated by the EPA.


Safety features on the Scion iQ include anti-lock brakes (front disc, rear drum), electronic stability control, traction control, brake assist, active front integrated head restraints and dual front side-mounted air bags, front and rear head air bags, and a passenger-sensing air bag deactivator. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Scion iQ receives an overall rating of 4 stars (out of 5 stars); 4 stars for frontal collision and for rollover crash protection; and 3 stars for side-impact crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2013 Scion iQ "Good" (its highest rating) for front and side crash protection, as well as for roof strength, and gave the iQ an "Acceptable" rating for rear crash protection.
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