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2014 Scion iQ

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/14/2014 Jason Udy

Vehicle Overview

At 120.1 inches in length, the funky 2014 Scion iQ microcar is best suited as an urban runabout than a highway traveler. The tiny four-passenger hatchback is powered by a 1.3-liter I-4 with just 94 hp and 89 lb-ft of torque. A CVT is the lone transmission choice that earns an EPA rating of 36/37 mpg city/highway. With the front passenger seat set slightly forward of the driver's seat, Scion claims the rear seats can accommodate an adult behind the passenger and a child behind the driver.

During our First Drive, we noted: "In the city proper (San Francisco), 94 horses and the smooth-operating CVT felt more than capable of jumping from stoplight to stoplight, even when hills entered the picture. On the 101 freeway heading in and out of Marin County, the 1.3-liter struggled for power at 55 mph and beyond, encouraging deep accelerator pedal depressions to hold constant speed. … The iQ is pretty good in its element. Because the wheels are splayed as far out to the corners as possible, it has a 25.8-foot turning circle, so pouncing on a parking spot across the street is a cinch." At our 2012 Car of the Year "testing, the iQ managed its meander to 60 in 10.8 seconds while finishing the quarter mile in 18.1 seconds at 77.1 mph… For simple, around-town commuting, this kind of power is adequate, but driving the iQ any place other than a surface street is an adventure all its own. On the freeway, the iQ can't get out of its own way; a manual transmission would help, but not much. The short wheelbase and narrow track make the iQ wander on grooved freeways."

In its third year, the 2014 Scion iQ is mechanically unchanged. The microcar does, however, gain a new infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, while an available BeSpoke premium audio system features Aha with more than 30,000 Internet radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks as well as full navigation. The Series 10 package for all 2014 Scion models celebrates 10 years of Scion and includes unique silver paint and features. With 11 standard airbags, the 2014 Scion iQ hatchback has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and earns a Good rating (the highest score) from the IIHS in the moderate front overlap, side impact, and roof strength.

New for 2014

A new touch-screen infotainment system standard and an optional navigation system with Aha are new for 2014. Also available is the Scion 10 Series package available on all 2014 Scion models. The package celebrates the brand's 10th anniversary and includes unique silver paint and interior and exterior touches.

You'll Like

  • Easy to park
  • Decent fuel mileage
  • Inexpensive

You Won't Like

  • Highway driving
  • Short on power

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Spark
  • Fiat 500
  • Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Smart ForTwo

Sum Up

2 star More intelligent than a Smart car?


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