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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Scion iQ

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MPG 36 City / 37 Highway
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Unmistakable styling
  • Easy to drive
  • Easy to park
  • You can buy a Yaris for the same price
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The tiny Scion iQ is ideal as an urban runabout.


In 2012, Scion leaped into the subcompact realm with the release of its tiny iQ hatchback. Thanks to its compact size, a small engine, and sleek aerodynamics, the iQ delivers optimal fuel economy in a highly maneuverable package.

Since the Scion iQ is still in its infancy, the 2013 model year carries over nearly unchanged from 2012. The only difference of note is the addition of rear speakers for better sound quality. The Scion iQ comes in a single trim level, Base, which is relatively well-equipped for the iQ's class. It includes features like power mirrors, a six-speaker Pioneer audio system and power windows.

Under the iQ’s hood resides a 1.3-liter engine that delivers 94 horsepower and 89 foot-pounds of torque to the front wheels by way of a continuously variable transmission. This drivetrain delivers high fuel economy ratings of 36 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, making it perfect for a commuter. The iQ is also a competent handler, thanks to its MacPherson strut front suspension with an anti-roll bar and electric power steering.

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2013 Scion iQ
Starting price

2013 Scion iQ Base

Recommended for: Buyers that want a compact hatchback with huge mpg and some premium amenities

The Base trim level for the Scion iQ is relatively well-equipped, considering its low price point. On the outside, this compact hatchback comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels with 5- or 7-spoke hubcaps to help keep the price low, power side-view mirrors for easy adjustments, projector-beam headlights that give you great nighttime vision, and intermittent wipers for those light-rainy days where none of the preset speeds work just right. Inside the cabin, the iQ Base comes standard with air conditioning to keep everyone cool on hot days, keyless entry to allow quick locking and unlocking of the doors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel to add in a touch of luxury and Pioneer audio system with AM/FM/CD/HD Radio capabilities, an auxiliary jack and six speakers for premium-sounding audio.

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