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2014 Scion iQ

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

120.1” x 59.1”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Convenient size
  • Reasonably roomy
  • Cabin design, quality

The bad:

  • Mileage good but not great
  • Modest acceleration
  • Backseat nearly contacts rear window

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2014 Scion iQ trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Newly standard 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system
  • Available BeSpoke stereo with iPhone integration
  • One of the smallest cars in U.S.
  • Seats up to four
  • 1.3-liter four-cylinder
  • 11 airbags

2014 Scion iQ review: Our expert's take

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 2014
A touch-screen stereo with a 6.1-inch screen is newly standard, and the available BeSpoke premium stereo now supports Aha-based smartphone integration and navigation functionality.
Exterior Highlights

  • 120.1 inches from bumper to bumper
  • Doors make up most of the car’s sides
  • 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 Highlights

  • Front passenger sits farther forward than the driver, which makes the rear seat on that side more usable
  • Both rear seats fold flat independently for cargo versatility
  • Air conditioning
  • Outside temperature gauge 
  • 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

  • 94-horsepower, 1.3-liter four-cylinder
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Engine runs on regular gas
  • Front-wheel drive 
  • Electric power steering 
  • Available lowering springs

Safety Features

  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Front knee airbags
  • Front-seat-cushion airbags designed for occupant positioning during a crash
  • Rear-window curtain airbag
  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control 
  • Electronic stability system


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.6
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Most recent consumer reviews


Love this car!!!

Love this car. CVT transmission works great, and understanding how they are different is important. The car handles like a large car but can turn in incredibly short radius. Back seats golf glare offering tons of space easily accessible from rear hatch or from the front. I felt the horn was weak and replaced it with Hella dual horns and they’re loud and alpine. I added fog light kit got better light and bright led bulbs for the headlights Indide I replaced halogen with led bulbs, added head liner lights in back and in the foot wells. The car is fantastic. I have a 911 C4, a Raptor and a Prius. I’ve had 6 bmws including m5. I love the scion. It’s great. There was one idiot reviewer when these cars came out hat panned this car but his ignorance was stunning. Single handed he helped ruin this cars reputation. He should be waiting tables, and staying away from cars. By the way, I’m 6’1 and my daughters boy friend is 6’2. I got in the back passenger side. He got in the front passenger side. We both had plenty of leg room. I was amazed because you wouldn’t have thought it. But it’s true. The drivers side back seat doesn’t have as much but a smaller person, a kid, wouldn’t have a problem. This car wasn’t designed to schlep around four people, but you can easily take three if you wanted. City parking… you rule ! This car can fit where nobody else can. You could pull straight into the curb between two parallel parked cars and still not stick out. If there’s a spot on the other side of the street you can Uturn without hesitation. It’s a piece of cake! You gotta love this car ! It’s fun and a blast to drive on the freeway at 75 or cruising the city and finding parking where everyone else has to pass by. Love this car!

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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Fun to drive

Mainly buy the IQ for My wife for grocery shopping and to gym and we have 4Runner and Sienna at the same time. We usually will drive IQ for short distance drive in nice weather conditions. Highly recommended IQ as a second car, it is fun to drive. Build quality is excellent in this size and price range. Safety features and handling are amazing. Totally fine for 2 adults in normal size plus 1 kid less than 5 feet.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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Great little car with Toyota quality.

The Scion IQ is a fun little city car that feels just fine on the open road at 80 plus mph. The 94 horsepower engine is only doing 3000 rpm at 70 mph. And it fits in my garage leaving space for my two motorcycles and my wife's car. It will make a you turn into the first lane with ease. And remember it is a Toyota.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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Based on the 2014 Scion iQ base trim.
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New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
24 months/25,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/unlimited distance