2012 Scion iQ review and test drive

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cars may be the future. For a lot of us, a tiny car a lot of sense. Smart Cars been treated as a bit of a novelty, modest sales impact to Now Scion enters the fray the 2012 Scion iQ, rolling out in the US in October 2011. The 2012 iQ will carry a base of $15,995 (including delivery), and conform to Scion’s Pure policy — no haggling

The iQ comes with Scion’s basic warranty and fuel ratings of 36 mpg city/37 mpg highway.

Glance: Aren’t you cute?

invited me, along with a of journalists, to San Francisco to drive the new iQ. The by the Bay turned out to be the perfect venue for the iQ. all, San Francisco is famously and the iQ is nothing if not a style statement.

SF is a crowded, bustling city a wide variety of driving from bumper-to-bumper city to wild changes in elevation to freeway interchanges, all within the commuting radius.

Even in all the hustle and bustle, the iQ a significant number of eyeballs. the Smart Pure Coupe, iQ attention because of its size the iQ is barely over 10′ five and a half feet than a Toyota Camry. A Toyota Tundra CrewMax is almost twice as long as the iQ. A aircraft carrier is 109 times as as the iQ.


It would take a chain of Scion iQs to reach the moon, a fact to know if you happen to run Buzz Aldrin at a cocktail

iQ bears a family resemblance to the vehicles in the Scion lineup what designers like to Design DNA. In particular, it like a toy designer got a chance to the xD. Close inspection reveals iQ’s wheels have pushed out to the corners of the vehicle, very little overhang or rear. iQ is just over 59 which seems about

Fit and finish are both excellent, as come to expect from products.

iQ’s tidy By eliminating the glovebox and moving the blower motor to the center iQ provides extra room for the passenger

Photo Jason

In the Driver s Seat: Bigger on the

Scion’s designers managed to a lot of space into the iQ. They are proud that there’s an back seat big enough for full-sized humans. Well, of. The front seats have backs to maximize leg room, the passenger seat track has mounted 3 forward of the driver’s, and the box has been eliminated, replaced a flimsy underseat tray the passenger’s seat.

As a result, I was to sit comfortably in the back seat on the side. I’m 6’2, and my was in contact with the roof, but I have been fine for a spin. The seat behind the was another story — I fit back there at all. It be tight for most adults, if the driver moved close to the wheel.

So, the seating capacity is really 3 and not 4. With the back seats in the trunk holds a scant 3.5 feet of cargo; folding the down opens that up to a 16.7 cubic feet.

dash is simple and rather By relocating the air conditioning blower from the usual position on the side to the center stack, the freed up the space for the front legs. The center stack out a bit as a result, but in in doing so it puts the A/C within easy reach. The (or optional navigation system) is mounted at the top of the stack. An organically instrument panel sits in of the driver above the steering a much better arrangement on other Scions, where the perches above the center

Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio is standard, as it should be on new car.

A few quibbles: The tiny rear windows don’t a very good visibility changing lanes or reversing, and to the claustrophobic feeling of the back I was disappointed with the visibility in directions, including the low windshield, forced me to lean forward to see signals. Shorter drivers not have the same problem.

The fiddly piece of trim the gauge cluster doesn’t to have any function, and doesn’t add to the iQ’s looks either. than that, I was so impressed the spaciousness and simple comfort of the that I’d be able to the iQ’s design flaws.

On the You’re smart, but are you fast?

to staggered front seats, iQ can an adult in the right-rear position, but the driver is kids only

Jason Fogelson

Horsepower are like intelligence quotient — bigger numbers are until you get to the point where the make you evil. The iQ’s four-cylinder engine barely it into the dull normal with a paltry 94 ponies up at the gate. Of course, horsepower is part of the equation; weight is big factor, and the iQ weighs in at just lbs. The Smart Fortwo 1,808 lbs but gets only 70 hp.

That’s 22.6 lbs/hp for the iQ, 25.8 lbs/hp for the Smart, partially explains why iQ can scamper a standing start to 60 mph in 11.8 while the Smart takes seconds. iQ’s top speed is as 100 mph, which I didn’t get a to test. I did drive iQ at San Francisco’s freeway speeds, and it felt as as a rock.

iQ doesn’t impress speed, but it does cause to drop with its agility; its radius of 12.9′ is easily the of any production car. U-turns are too tight for most vehicles are for iQ, and parking is a breeze — not can iQ fit into tiny spaces, it has the to get in and out.

The only thing I love about the way that iQ was the iQ’s continuously variable The advantage of a CVT is that it can keep the in its power band, where it can do its most efficiently at all times. iQ’s power band in a droning engine sound, at freeway speeds.

The transmission keeps the revs up you apply throttle, and the sound becomes fatiguing. The little 1.3 like it’s working hard, which is never fun.

I was also a little with the 7 drum brakes on the rear wheels, a mismatch the 10 ventilated discs in front. that transmission, fit some brakes in the rear and upgrade suspension parts and the iQ would the world’s best autocross

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