2013 Scion iQ

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$6,314–$10,718 Inventory Prices
(3.8) 6 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2013 Scion iQ base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    37 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    94-hp, 1.3-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Convenient size
  • Reasonably roomy
  • Cabin design, quality

The Bad

  • Mileage good but not great
  • Modest acceleration
  • Backseat nearly contacts rear window
2013 Scion iQ exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2013 Scion iQ

  • Available BeSpoke stereo with iPhone integration
  • One of the smallest cars in U.S.
  • Seats up to four
  • 1.3-liter four-cylinder
  • CVT
  • 11 airbags

2013 Scion iQ Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The iQ, which Scion classifies as a micro-subcompact, became one of the three or four smallest cars in the U.S. when it arrived in late 2011, joining the likes of the Smart ForTwo, Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. The iQ delivers good but not great mileage — like the ForTwo but with more seats.
New for 2013
For 2013, a BeSpoke Premium stereo is available, which provides HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, iTunes tagging and Pandora internet radio via a connected iPhone. The stereo also works with the BeSpoke iPhone application that consolidates features like Facebook, Twitter and Yelp.
Exterior
At 120.1 inches from bumper to bumper, the iQ falls between the ForTwo (106.1 inches) and the Cooper (146.8), and its 66.1-inch width roughly matches the Cooper and is 4.7 inches wider than the ForTwo. With doors that make up most of the car's side and no clear distinction between the front bumper and hood, the iQ is an attention-grabber. Exterior features include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers and all-season tires; 16-inch alloy wheels available
  • Keyless entry 
  • Folding side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Available fog lights
  • Available rear spoiler

Interior
The iQ is either a two-seater, a three-seater or a four-seater, depending on your perspective. Unlike the aptly named ForTwo, the iQ has a backseat, but there's little room behind the driver. Scion acknowledges it's meant for a child, a pet or a parcel. Because no pedals or steering whe...

Vehicle Overview

The iQ, which Scion classifies as a micro-subcompact, became one of the three or four smallest cars in the U.S. when it arrived in late 2011, joining the likes of the Smart ForTwo, Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. The iQ delivers good but not great mileage — like the ForTwo but with more seats.
New for 2013
For 2013, a BeSpoke Premium stereo is available, which provides HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, iTunes tagging and Pandora internet radio via a connected iPhone. The stereo also works with the BeSpoke iPhone application that consolidates features like Facebook, Twitter and Yelp.
Exterior
At 120.1 inches from bumper to bumper, the iQ falls between the ForTwo (106.1 inches) and the Cooper (146.8), and its 66.1-inch width roughly matches the Cooper and is 4.7 inches wider than the ForTwo. With doors that make up most of the car's side and no clear distinction between the front bumper and hood, the iQ is an attention-grabber. Exterior features include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers and all-season tires; 16-inch alloy wheels available
  • Keyless entry 
  • Folding side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Available fog lights
  • Available rear spoiler

Interior
The iQ is either a two-seater, a three-seater or a four-seater, depending on your perspective. Unlike the aptly named ForTwo, the iQ has a backseat, but there's little room behind the driver. Scion acknowledges it's meant for a child, a pet or a parcel. Because no pedals or steering wheel are needed, the front passenger sits farther forward than the driver, which makes the rear seat on that side more usable. The front passenger must slide forward and share legroom with the rear passenger, but it's not unreasonable to consider it an adult seat. With its large doors, slim backrests and front seats that slide far forward, getting into the iQ's backseat isn't too difficult.

With the backseat up, there's practically no cargo space, but both rear seats fold flat independently for cargo versatility.

Though it's small, the iQ doesn't look cheap. The cabin materials are high quality, and the interior design looks new and fresh, with wave shapes on the dashboard and armrests. Interior features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Outside temperature gauge 
  • Power windows, locks and side mirrors 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls 
  • Pioneer CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port 
  • Bluetooth cellphone connectivity and streaming audio 
  • Available navigation system
  • Available configurable interior lighting with seven colors

Under the Hood
The iQ's engine is a 1.3-liter four-cylinder that's rated at 94 horsepower. The sole transmission is a continuously variable automatic transmission, chosen for high mpg. Mechanical features include:

  • Engine runs on regular gas
  • Front-wheel drive 
  • Electric power steering
  • Available lowering springs

Safety
To address the typical concerns about small-car safety, Scion has fitted the iQ with 11 airbags, starting with two frontal-impact airbags and two seat-mounted side-impact bags in front and curtains on both sides. Both front occupants also get knee airbags. There's an airbag in each front seat cushion that's intended to position the occupant optimally for impact and also a rear-window curtain airbag. Additional safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

A car I?ll never forget...

by Matthewbh93 from Oxford, AL on April 25, 2018

The Scion IQ was meant to be a city car whose small design would fit anywhere and ease through city traffic. Much like a smart car but with a back seat. I, however, drove it everywhere and back. ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great ride

by Silverwolf1277 from Bessemer Alabama on March 16, 2018

Great on gas good for commuting and very responsive. You can literally park just about anywhere and it's turning radius is awesome. Its very stylish and can't be happier! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Scion iQ currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Scion iQ Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
acceptable
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Scion

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, lease available, rental car, travel protection, vehicle history report and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The iQ received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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