2015 Scion iQ

What's new for 2015? The 2015 Scion iQ is unchanged.

If you reside in a crowded city, chances are you've spent some time circling your street, looking for a suitable parallel parking spot. Maybe you've wished you could fit between those two SUVs parked in designated "Compact" spots at the grocery store. For tasks like these, it's hard to do better than the 2015 Scion iQ. A tiny city runabout, the iQ is one of the easiest cars on the market to park, and it's highly fuel-efficient, too.

The 2015 Scion iQ is seriously small on the outside, and that's its biggest selling point. From bumper to bumper, the iQ is only 10 feet long, making even the toylike Fiat 500 seem bloated at 11 feet, 8 inches. With such a small car, you expect good fuel economy, and the iQ doesn't disappoint, returning an EPA estimated 37 mpg combined. That number may not be not surprising, but it is certainly impressive for a non-hybrid vehicle.

Exterior Highlights
Two-door, four-passenger subcompact available in one single trim level

The 2015 Scion iQ is a two-door, four-passenger subcompact available in a single trim level. Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, power accessories, air-conditioning, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, 50/50-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker Pioneer sound system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB interface.

As with other Scions, a number of dealer-installed accessories are available, including a rear spoiler, 16-inch alloy wheels, lowering springs, a sway bar, foglamps, illuminated door sills, interior ambient lighting, a leather-wrapped shift knob, satellite radio and an upgraded BeSpoke audio interface system with navigation and smartphone app integration.

A limited-edition version of the iQ called the Monogram Series bundles two-tone paint, a rear spoiler, 16-inch alloy wheels with a unique graphite finish and carpeted floor mats (optional on the regular iQ).

Passenger's dash farther forward than on driver side to create more room, 50/50-split rear seatbacks fold flat, optional BeSpoke audio system

Predictably, the 2015 Scion iQ is best for a pair of travelers who pack light. But clever packaging under the hood allowed Scion's engineers to place the passenger side of the dash farther forward than the driver side, creating more room for the front passenger seat -- and thus for a rear passenger on that side. The driver-side rear seat can accommodate a child if need be. Either rear seat is best used only in a pinch, but something is better than nothing.

For some extra cargo space, the 50/50-split rear seatbacks fold flat, increasing storage space from a barely-there 3.5 cubic feet to 16.7 cubic feet. Other interior storage includes space for four 25-ounce containers in the doors, plus two rear cupholders and one in the center console.

The optional BeSpoke audio system is pretty cool given how much functionality it adds, including a navigation system and Aha smartphone app integration.

The 2015 Scion iQ comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes (front discs and rear drums), front side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and a few more airbags not commonly found in other cars -- front seat-cushion airbags and a rear window airbag that deploys around the rear-seat headrests.

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