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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
The 2013 Scion iQ receives Good ratings, the highest level, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for moderate-overlap front crash, side impact, and roof strength tests. It has not been rated for the new small-impact front crash test. Its rear crash protection, however, is rated only Acceptable.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Scion iQ four stars out of five for an overall rating. It earned four stars for frontal crash and rollover testing, and three stars out of five on side impact.
The littlest Scion comes with a big total of 11 airbags as standard—including driver and front passenger knee bags, and a world-first rear-window bag—along with standard stability control and ABS. As the Smart Fortwo showed several years ago, you don't need size and mass to offer good occupant protection.
That said, however, buyers should be aware that the laws of physics still apply: Lighter vehicles are at a disadvantage against heavier vehicles in multiple-vehicle accidents.
The 2013 Scion iQ comes with big-car safety features and plenty of airbags, and has good crash ratings, especially for its size.