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2015 Scion iQ

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/12/2015 Stefan Ogbac

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Scion iQ is a city car powered by a 1.3-liter I-4 rated at 94 hp and 89 lb-ft of torque and paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is decent but not class-leading, at 36/37 mpg city/highway, among cars under $20,000.

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Overview

Performance isn't a 2015 Scion iQ strong suit due to the car's weak powertrain, which means passing and merging at highway speeds requires some planning. In city driving, the car has adequate power and is able to dart around quickly due to its small size. However, on the highway, the car's short wheelbase and size means it tends to move around a lot when a larger vehicle passes by. Handling is poor, with a lack of stability when turning and braking.

While there are technically four seats in the iQ, the rear is practically useless with two adults up front and is best used as an extension of the puny 3.5-cubic foot trunk. Optional features are mostly dealer-installed accessories and include BeSpoke audio with navigation. Other cosmetic upgrades include a rear spoiler, 16-inch wheels, fog lights, lowering springs, and a sway bar set.

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Scion iQ a four-star overall safety score (out of a possible four stars). In IIHS evaluations, the car received a good rating on three categories and acceptable on the head restraints and seats test (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

As a city car, the Scion iQ excels since it's able to dart around tight spaces with its small size and 26.6-foot turning circle. However, once out of the city streets and into highways, the car struggles due to its lack of stability and weak powertrain. In a 2012 First Test review, we said that the iQ "can't get out of its own way" while the short wheelbase means in wanders around the road when the surface isn't smooth. Additionally, its high center of gravity gives occupants the "feeling like you're going to tip over" when taking turns. Materials inside the cabin have a premium look and feel but we noted that the awkward placement of the front seat's fore-and-aft adjuster detracted from the car's modern interior.

You'll Like

  • Modern interior
  • Easy to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Small turning circle

You Won't Like

  • Lackluster acceleration and handling
  • Unstable at highway speeds
  • Higher base price than Smart ForTwo

Key Competitors

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

Rating

1 star

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