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2014 Scion iQ Road Test and Review

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2014 Scion iQ Road Test and Review

For many people, convenience is the ultimate luxury. After all, convenience typically entails saving time, and for people who truly have “everything”, time is the one thing they can’t get enough of.

So, how does this play into a 2014 Scion iQ Road Test Review? In urban driving situations, you’ll be hard pressed to find a car more convenient than the Scion iQ, Sized as it is in between the Smart ForTwo and the Mini Cooper, the Scion is one of the three easiest cars to park on the road today.

The Scion will handily fit into spaces even the Mini can’t approach, while offering a good deal more stability, security, and interior space than the Smart. If it really came down to it, you could get four people in the Scion, with each person occupying their own seat. That just ain’t gonna happen in a Smart For Two.

(Which is why it’s called the For TwoOK?)

In this case being “in-between” is a definite advantage.

In an extremely crowded urban center like downtown San Francisco or Manhattan, the Scion iQ can be something of a godsend. That said, is it a stretch to call the diminutive Scion a luxury car? In practical terms yes, it is.

But if ultimate plush and convenience are what you’re after, Aston Martin has also offered a version of the Scion iQ, called the Cygnet.

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2014 Scion iQ Road Test and Review: Safety Equipment

Bearing the distinction of being the world’s smallest four-seat automobile, the Scion iQ takes packaging efficiency into a whole new realm of effectiveness. But looking at the Scion iQ, safety undoubtedly ran through your mind first thingso let’s cover that aspect of the car before we go any farther.

NHTSA gave the Scion iQ four out of five stars for overall crash protection and three out of five for side impacts. The IIHS rates the Scion iQ “good” (which is its top rating) for offset frontal crashes and roof strength.

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2014 Scion iQ Road Test and Review: Models Prices

For 2014, Scion is offering the iQ in two trim levels. With a base price of $15,665 the standard feature set of the iQ includes a set of 16-inch steel wheels and a choice of two different designs for the plastic wheel covers. You’ll also find full power accessories, keyless entry, air-conditioning, and a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel. Scion knows younger people are attracted to its products, so some pretty sophisticated tech gear is also standard equipment.

This includes Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming connectivity. The base audio system is comprised of a six-speaker Pioneer setup with a 6-inch touchscreen display interface. The unit features HD radio, an auxiliary audio input jack, and iPod/USB audio capabilities.

The Scion iQ Monogram Series is a new offering for 2014, priced at $16,250; its features include a two-tone paint combination of Black Currant Metallic and Classic Silver Metallic. Its color-keyed exterior mirrors and spoiler, along with a premium alloy wheel package and a set of floor mats with the iQ logo further distinguish the Monogram iQ.

In recognition of Scion’s 10 th anniversary as a car brand, the $17,850 Scion 10 Series iQ is also being offered as a limited edition proposition. In addition to the base model’s standard equipment, the iQ 10 Series gets projector-beam headlights, 16-inch graphite gray alloy wheels, two electroluminescent panels on the center console, front and rear locator badges, a solar-powered illuminated shift knob, and Scion carpet mats. You can have your Scion 10 Series iQ in any color you’d like, as long as that color is Silver Ignition.

The Scion product team added matching silver seat belts as well.

If you’ll recall, a big part of Scion’s marketing image resides in customization. To this end, items normally populating the factory options list of other cars exist as dealer-installed extras for the Scion. These include a rear spoiler and various cargo management items, along with alloy wheels, foglamps, interior ambient lighting, satellite radio, and the upgraded audio system.

The latter also incorporates navigation and smartphone app integration.

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2014 Scion iQ Road Test and Review: Design

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If you’re just getting to know the littlest Scion, one key fact you need to be aware of is the Scion iQ is quite possibly the most cleverly packaged automobile ever built. While quite naturally you’d expect its design to predicate low fuel consumption, maneuverability, and environmental friendliness, it is also carefully planned to get the most out of its interior space.


The center take-off steering gear enabled the iQ’s engineering team to configure an extremely compact steering rack, which meant the overall car could be narrower. The iQ’s special flat fuel tank and rear-angled shock absorbers also consume less space than conventional designs, opening up more interior volume for passengers and cargo. Similarly, the Scion uses an ultra compact heating and air conditioning unit.

Inside the car, the asymmetric dashboard and slim seat designs figure highly in its ability to carry four people in such an extremely compact package.

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2014 Scion iQ Road Test and Review: Comfort and Cargo

The Scion iQ’s closest competitor is the slightly smaller Smart ForTwo. While the two cars are similar in size, the Scion bests the Smart in passenger capacity, cargo capacity, ride and handling, and fuel economy. Despite the deceptively small outward appearance of the Scion iQ, the car will hold four reasonably sized adultsin a pinchand can transport three adults quite comfortably over moderate distances.

Now, with that said, the Scion is at its most comfortable when three or fewer people are aboard. If you’re six feet tall, yeah, somebody can ride behind you, but it better be a very short trip. Which, when you think about it, really is what the iQ is designed to do.

If you live in a larger city and you have to drive around town a lot, this really is the perfect car for you. If you need to take a long highway trip, you’ll want to call Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, or National, because the Scion really isn’t built for long-distance highway travel.

Cargo space, as you might expect is quite minimal with the rear seats deployed. Fold them and you’ll get just under 17 cubic feet. By the way, one of the costs of the Scion’s clever packaging strategies was the elimination of the glovebox.

In other words, this ain’t a traveling car y’all, this is a commuterpure and simple.

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2014 Scion iQ Road Test and Review: Features Controls

As we mentioned earlier, in addition to air conditioning, the Scion iQ offers full power accessories, keyless entry and start, Bluetooth, a touchscreen display, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. As is apparently de rigueur with Scion models, the radio is a paragon of confusion. You won’t just look at the radio in this car and immediately figure it outunless you happen to be a 16-year old nerd.

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