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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
If you're packing navigation software on your phone, opt for the Premium pack, pick up a phone mount for the dash and know you've made the better deal
the interior was a welcome contrast to the assault of technical features we sometimes find in new vehicles vying to set a trend in a particular segment
a ton of cash when you consider the plethora of larger and more practical cars available for less money
Car and Driver
plenty of accessories in the pipeline, including trick wheels
Edmunds' Inside Line
only works with Pandora on the iPhone, which has to be plugged into the car's USB port
All equipment levels for the 2015 Scion iQ are identical to those in the previous model year. Because the iQ is a low-volume vehicle, there aren't a lot of choices to be made to equip it from the factory. Most of the customization options that are available come in at the dealer level, which has the benefit of allowing more additions at a later date.
To keep things simple, only one trim level is offered. Every iQ comes standard with air conditioning; power locks, mirrors, and windows; and Bluetooth pairing for music streaming. One example of an upmarket touch: Both door windows have one-touch up and down, something rarely found on small cars.
Audio and connectivity features--sometimes known as "infotainment"--are the main focus of the feature list. The base six-speaker Pioneer stereo, at 160 Watts, comes standard with HD radio, a CD player that handles all disc formats, a USB port with iPod connectivity, an auxiliary input jack, and two RCA inputs. A 6.1-inch touchscreen display is also standard.
To get the navigation system, you'll have to step up to the top-of-the-line audio system. The $1,200 BeSpoke Premium system includes navigation as well as access to streaming content from the Aha platform, which has 30,000 stations of streaming audio from Internet radio, podcasts, audio books, and other online content. Its seven-inch display handles iPod video input as well as DVDs, and it's set up to display images transmitted by an aftermarket backup camera, although that feature isn't offered from the factory. It's nice to know that the option is there, but given the stubbiness of the iQ's rear, a glance over your shoulder is really all that's needed when backing up.
As with the rest of the Scion range, dealer customization is a big part of specifying the car. Accessories are numerous, from alloy wheels to TRD performance parts like lowering springs and a sway bar. Then there are dozens of appearance and trim upgrades, pretty much ensuring that any buyer can have a combination of features and accessories that no other owner has specified. Scion also regularly offers special-edition packages, which can include different paint (two-tone, for instance) and unique groupings of equipment. Because of this, it's best to check with the dealer to see all of your options.
The 2015 Scion iQ is only adequate on features and options, though dealers will sell you lots and lots of extras