2012 Scion iQ First Drive Review Car and Driver

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2012 Scion iQ

Continuously to a fault.

Here#x2019;s what the new iQ has going for it: It#x2019;s tiny but not so small inside. Four can wedge in when necessary. good-looking, the interior design is the best of any cheap car, and the are comfortable. The suspension is simple, but it well, and the precise steering and its make the iQ super easy to

And although the front-mounted 1.3-liter makes 94 hp, the iQ weighs just a more than a ton.

what#x2019;s wrong with the new iQ: It#x2019;s stuck with a variable transmission that the fun out of it. Every. Single. Drop.

The Price Is Certainly #x201C;Premium#x201D;

Scion#x2014;describes the iQ as a #x201C;premium micro-subcompact#x201D; and sell it as such when it on sale in October as a $15,995 model backed by a dealer-installed catalog. That#x2019;s a ton of cash you consider the plethora of larger and practical cars available for money, among them the Fit, Ford Fiesta, Accent, and Kia Soul. But, at least the iQ costs less the mechanically identical Aston Cygnet .

The Scion does, look substantial and well for a dink-class runabout. The bumper are painted and fit tightly, the headlights are units, there are turn-signal integrated into the bottom of the mirrors, and the 175/60-16 tires out the wheel wells. Even the covers on the steel wheels plausibly pass for metal. its length#x2014;120.1 inches, 14.0 than a Smart Fortwo but a 26.5 shorter than a Cooper#x2014;and 78.7-inch wheelbase, about the iQ screams #x201C;cheap.#x201D;

Inside, the driver faces a flat-bottomed, three-spoke steering covered in red-stitched leather and an panel that nestles the in the lower right quadrant of the And there#x2019;s an information screen to the of those. It#x2019;s a compact, and legible arrangement.

The center has three simple knobs for the HVAC system and is capped by a pod contains a double-DIN-size Pioneer head unit. If a buyer like the standard stereo, will have a dealer-swappable Pioneer unit and a navigation available.

The thin-shelled, fabric-covered front sort of bend around any body shape. The passenger-side rails are mounted slightly of the driver#x2019;s, and the dashboard on that is slightly forward, too. The affords a bit more legroom for passengers.

A flotsam tray the passenger seat is particularly if that seat#x2019;s occupant is a

Even with the passenger thrown forward for ingress, a chore to get to the rear seat. not roomy back there, but there#x2019;s any space at all is a miracle of efficiency and owes something to the placement. So the kids feel looking through the pie-slice windows?

At least there#x2019;s an innovative airbag to protect their in a collision.

Damn, Dirty CVT

The four has a 16-valve DOHC variable valve timing, and an 11.5:1 compression ratio, but it have much sporting and has to be wrung to its 6000-rpm redline to up the full 94 horses. The modest 89 of torque is available a bit lower at 4400 rpm.

But those pound-feet travel through cursed CVT. Other in which the iQ is sold as a Toyota#x2014;or as the Cygnet#x2014;are blessed with a transmission, but here in North there#x2019;s no choice. So jam a brick on the and the iQ#x2019;s little engine to about four grand and there as the car slowly engineers progress with a drone.

Every time the iQ is about to do entertaining, the CVT intrudes and spoils it. into a corner, the tires and#x2026;the transmission induces its of defeat and the car practically falls on its Scion says the iQ will run 0 to 60 mph in 11.8 seconds, but a better might be a week.

Scions seem to promise more fun they deliver. (We hope the FR-S#x2013;based coupe will different.) But tune the iQ#x2019;s struts and rear torsion a bit, bolt on some rubber, tweak the engine to 130 hp, give it a decent transmission, and car could be a point-and-squirt legend.

Right now, it#x2019;s frustratingly clever.


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