2012 Scion iQ Test Drive Scion iQ Subcompact Review Popular Mechanics

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Thinking small and squeezing a sub-Mini space, Toyota’s brand, Scion, adds a model this fall at young city-dwellers with tastes.

On-Sale Date: on the West Coast, January to 2012 for rest of the U.S.


Competitors: Smart Fiat 500, Mini

Powertrain: 1.3-liter four-cylinder, 94 hp, 89 continuously variable transmission FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway):

What’s New: Pitted boutique small-car brands Europe such as Fiat, and Smart, Scion’s premium micro-subcompact stretches a mere inches long just a over 10 feet. That it 14 inches longer than the but much shorter than the or Mini (by 19 and 26.5 inches, so it’s easy to park and in tight urban environments as downtown San Francisco, where we it. At the same time, the iQ is wider the competitors and has the most room the driver and passenger seats, as as considerable crush space for in collisions. Sensitive to American worries about safety in cars, Scion squeezes 11 into the tiny cabin, the first-ever rear-window airbag.

The 37-mpg EPA combined fuel rating promises better mileage during daily use you’d get from many that boast a 40-mpg-or-better rating.

Tech Tidbit: The iQ several innovations to maximize volume, including a fuel in the floor under the seats, the air conditioning into the center (most cars have the fan or below the glovebox) and engineering a compact differential and a high-mount rack with electronic steering. By making the front slimmer, relocating the glovebox the passenger’s seat and mounting the seat farther forward the driver’s seat, the Scion more room for occupants on the side. With this setup, Scion tosses out the old 2+2 coupe and sports-car makers use and it with 3+1 seating, meaning the car three adults (the and two right-side passengers, one in the front and one in the with the fourth position the driver suitable only for children or cargo.

Driving Character: Scion iQ is fun to drive, but comes closer to the when it claims the pint-size has the driving character of a larger From the driver’s seat, the iQ like a 2/3-scale compact an emphasis on ride comfort handling. The tight 12.9-foot circle makes for easy on crowded streets and parking In motion, though, neither the feel nor the responsiveness could up to the nimble Mini, nor even the agile Fiat. To make the car entertaining, the owner would to take a pricey leap Scion’s deep catalog of including suspension, wheel and upgrades.

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The iQ is certainly more of a real car the overcompromised Smart, but the stock emphasizes efficiency over Scion claims 0 60 mph in 11.8 which feels fine for the urban setting that is, you encounter some of San Francisco’s hills.

Favorite Detail: Simple but the iQ’s interior hits the for this premium segment of the market. The materials are high-standard, and the list starts with a audio system with hands-free phone and streaming-audio Upgrades include a 200-watt that can stream Pandora and has a 5.8-inch touchscreen with

Driver’s Grievance: One big letdown for enthusiasts is that the standard CVT fuel economy over a noise from the Toyota European and Asian customers a five-speed manual alternative to mention a diesel engine and though Scion officials to offer it for the American customers prefer to shift gears they can’t cite a when it will be available.

The Bottom Line: With its chain still recuperating Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, is rolling out iQ in stages. West customers will see it in October. January, the cars arrive on the Coast and Southeast regions, New York and East Coast following in February, and the North and in March.

Scion maintains its pricing policy and fully customers to personalize their iQs the dealer and accessory catalog instance, there’s no alloy option from the factory two choices of cover for the standard wheel).

Mainstream subcompacts as the Hyundai Accent, Honda Fit and Fiesta offer more space for the same or less along with comparable economy. So the iQ’s appeal is to a small niche of young sophisticates who will value its small dimensions, fashion-forward content-rich features list and personalization.

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