2012 Scion iQ First Drive

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2012 Scion iQ Hatchback

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Published: — by Michael Jordan. Editor

Sometime soon, be told that the 2012 iQ is a play-it-loud kind of car, and unexpected, filled to the brim flashing lights and good as if 2006 had come again. You as if the iPod had been reinvented.

we have our own thoughts about It’s probably too soon to anyway.

But after driving the new iQ around San Francisco, we can tell you for that we can hear the sound of the in this car, and it’s closer.

Sized for the Future

2 seconds after we keyed the and the 2012 Scion iQ came to we plunged right into the traffic of San Francisco, running with the electric streetcars, cars, buses and cabs the streets south of Market. We not a twinge of fear, since we into the face of drivers and at a familiar height and the view of the through the windshield seemed no imposing than usual.

seems like not a very big until you realize what a car this is, measuring 120.1 overall, 66.1 inches and 59.1 inches tall. behind the wheel, you’d the front-wheel-drive iQ has the fairly familiar of any compact car. But when you and climb out, it’s clear that the iQ is more a motorized telephone booth you realize, provided you remember booths.

The futurists tell Toyota there’s a significant demographic toward the cities these in the search for jobs and cheap so there’s a growing niche for that are not only cheap to buy and run but extremely usable. So usability is the here, something far larger simply issues of price or economy. It’s about convenience and utility.

What the Scion iQ is trying to do is give you big by shrinking away the excess It’s an interesting idea, of like the tight-fitting T-shirt of

Thinking Inside the Box

Chief Hiroki Nakajima is the tallest engineer at Toyota, so he finds a humor in being responsible for the smallest car. But maybe it has off, because the Toyota have performed a number of miracles in order to package all the of the modern automobile within a compact space.

The front differential is in front of the not behind. The electric-assist power is mounted high, while the gas tank is under the rear The front passenger seat is slightly forward of the driver and you can actually fit one human in the passenger and one behind in the rear seat.

You can fit another passenger behind the but only if his age does not exceed his hat (which is why this car is described as

Surprisingly enough, you don’t like you’re in a clown car you’re behind the wheel. no bumping of elbows or rubbing of or complaints of violated air space, not the because you’ll find the inches of front hiproom (we mention the 33.8 inches in the and 73.8 cubic feet of EPA volume. The iQ is no bigger on the inside the outside, of course, but the full-length travel and full-size doors it easy to climb in and out, the rear hatch opens to 3.5 cubic feet with the 50/50-split folding seatbacks in and a very useful 16.7 feet when the seatbacks go

It’s only when you of safety do you realize that is a very small egg in a land of big eggs, which is to say that had to work pretty hard to passengers from being in any egg-to-egg confrontations. As a result, are no fewer than 11 airbags the iQ. Let’s count them: front airbags, side (big ones), seat airbags (minimizing forward knee airbags, curtain-type airbags, and even airbags the twin rear-seat headrests.

Self-Propelled! Fully Motorized!

One thing about bathing a car in the ray is the way the weight shrinks as well, so the iQ is not pocket size, it also the scales at just 2,127 This means the IQ’s inline-4 is certainly up to the task of this front-wheel-drive car around, it commands 94 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 89 of torque at 4,400 rpm, variable valve timing the power band.

But if you’re that the 2012 Scion iQ feel anything other self-propelled, you’re headed for A continuously variable transmission processes the power for the front and you can see that this is theoretically a idea, since it minimizes (so we’re told), maximizes economy (an excellent EPA-rated 36 highway/37 combined mpg), and that whole set-it-and-forget-it thing.

Unfortunately the iQ’s performance is not so much because Scion acceleration to 60 mph in 11.8 seconds but because the powertrain responds such an insipid sound you lay into the throttle. It’s much the same sound you get you walk into the bathroom and on the ventilator fan.

The Scion iQ get down the road effectively, traffic easily enough at 80 mph good straight-line stability, of course its slab-sided bodywork and dimensions make it moderately to crosswinds. We had some fun on the slopes of Mt. on the other side of the Golden Bridge as we found our way to Muir and we can report that the iQ is narrow to share such winding with the big cars on the other of the double-yellow line as well as the on this side.

Really like going down the in two-thirds of a Corolla, as the front struts and rear torsion have been dialed in the standard Toyota standards for action, insulating the cabin bumps and thumps. The 175/60R16 ride pretty well, and the setup is sufficient, even rear drums. Because the is so short and narrow, you can feel the tilt across the bumps, but the aren’t distracting.

Still, the only thrill is the amazingly compact turning of 12.9 feet, which is the size of two king-size mattresses, says.

Usable, Not Minimal

are desperate times for Japanese car as the yen keeps increasing in value the dollar. That’s why it’s not to price a new Japanese car against its and maintain any reasonable profit. that’s why the 2012 Scion iQ come in only one specification it goes on sale in October on the Coast and then is progressively to the South and the Gulf states in the Northeast in February and the Midwest in

It’s priced at $15,265, combines with a transportation fee of for price of $15,995. This the Scion iQ closer to a Ford or Honda Fit than a Chevrolet or Hyundai Accent .

Of course, this car is about usability, it has brakes, traction control and control as standard equipment mandates for same notwithstanding). why there’s a tilt steering Bluetooth hands-free audio, a 160-watt Pioneer audio unit with CD/MP3/WMA and audio controls on the steering And in the Scion way, there are of accessories in the pipeline, including wheels (like those here), performance tires, a kit, a premium audio and a navigation system.

It’s an interesting idea, whole usability thing. The Scion iQ really does an urban environment, where its makes it a great fit for everything parking spaces to errands city traffic. It’s a car makes everything easy, if it’s not exactly fun.

that’s what makes it the car of the

Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored to which selected members of the were invited, to facilitate report.

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