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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.
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.
More powerful engine, quicker to 60 mph and stylish, but more expensive and base manual transmission.
Good mpg, compact and low base price, but only seats two and lacks horsepower.
Unique styling, powerful engine and quicker to 60 mph, but rather expensive and so-so base audio
Super-low price, great highway mpg and more powerful engine, but limited base features and low city mpg