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2013 Scion iQ Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by Robrjohnson

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Reviewed: 2013 Scion iQ

2dr Hatch 94-horsepower 1.3L I4 CVT FWD

Why the 2013 Scion iQ?

Fuel economy

So far this car has lived up to the MPG ratings of 36 city/37 hwy. You have to drive it with a light foot and try to keep the "eco" light on as much as possible to achieve that mpg rating. If you're too heavy on the gas, it'll quickly drop to around 30/31.

Front seat room

For such a small car, it's surprising roomy up front. I'm 6' 200 lbs and have no problem getting in. Comfort is good with plenty of head room. Back seat is very tiny but one person could sit there fairly comfortably by sitting sideways as the front passenger seat sits a little farther forward than the driver seat. Passenger seat has plenty of room since there is no glove box that gets in the way.

Handling

Turning radius on this car is super tight. I can easily flip a u-turn on a two lane undivided road. It's great for jumping into a tight spot.

Powertrain performance

Even though it's only 94 hp, the car only weighs in at a little over 2000 lbs so it performs pretty well. It's hp/weight ratio is roughly comparable to a mini-cooper.

Why Not the 2013 Scion iQ?

Rear seat room & comfort

Rear seat room is pretty small. An adult would have to sit sideways to make use of it (our dealer sat back there during our test drive. If there are more than one or two people who will be using this car at one time, it's probably not the right choice.

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