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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Scion iQ

3/11/2013
Because the 2013 Scion iQ is the closest competitor to the smart fortwo as exists in the U.S. new-vehicle marketplace, its name is perhaps fitting. However, as a primary mode of transportation, the Scion iQ may not prove a smart choice for many people, primarily due to its diminutive size and mediocre crash-test ratings. Nevertheless, if 37 mpg in combined driving sounds good, and you want a car that you can park just about anywhere, the Scion iQ can deliver on both fronts. Here are 5 fast facts about the 2013 Scion iQ.

1.    The Scion iQ is 14 inches longer and 5 inches wider than a smart fortwo, providing enough interior room for 4 passengers. Up to 3.5 cu.-ft. of cargo can be stowed behind the Scion iQ's rear seats. Fold them down, and the iQ offers 16.7 cu. ft. of maximum cargo capacity, about the same as a midsize or large sedan.
2.    A 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine powers the Scion iQ. It delivers 94 horsepower and 89 lb.-ft. of torque, plenty to motivate the iQ's 2,127-lb. curb weight. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) and electric steering are standard, and the Scion iQ is rated to get 36 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg in combined driving.
3.    Though the 2013 Scion iQ is equipped with 11 standard air bags, crash-test ratings show there is room for improvement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the Scion iQ with 4 stars (out of 5 stars) for overall crash protection and 3-star ratings for front-seat passenger in frontal-impact and side-impact collisions, which is eye-opening. Remember, these ratings are intended to provide comparison against vehicles roughly the same size and weight. Results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are better, the Scion receiving the top "Good" rating across the board, except for an "Acceptable" rating for rear-impact injury prevention.
4.    Options for the 2013 Scion iQ include 16-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler, and Toyota Racing Development suspension upgrades including a rear sway bar and lowering springs. A premium audio system offers Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming capability, along with Pandora Internet radio, HD Radio, iTunes tagging capability, and an in-dash 5.8-inch color LCD touch screen. Additional options include floor mats, ambient cabin lighting, cargo area storage solutions, and more.
5.    Accelerating from 0 - 60 mpg in 11.6 seconds, the Aston Martin Cygnet is based on the Scion iQ. Aston Martin calls its version of this vehicle "elegant and distinctive," a "bespoke luxury commuter car."