First Drive 2012 Scion iQ Review

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First Drive: 2012 iQ Review

And so the micro-car wars Here in the States, anyway. had city cars (as they them) in Europe for decades, but recently have they on in the States, as we push for cars higher and higher MPGs.

have been around for a but they’re expensive, boring, and usually don’t provide of a benefit in the long run. re more of a temporary solution. EVs have a long way to go, and diesel still have a while to on over here too (for I don’t understand.)

So along Smart. A quirky little of Mercedes that makes micro-subcompacts (this segment s classification.) Americans seemed to to them pretty well, a small niche sitting subcompacts like the Toyota Italian brand Fiat saw was going on and brought over 500 micro-subcompact in 2010, selling a amount, judging by how many I see on the

Seeing room to give another, cooler option, decides their few-years-old (in iQ micro-car could be brought here, but they’ll sell it as a and market it to young urbanites who deal with tight parking and narrow roads.

As the new Scion iQ (Scion’s fourth launches in the States, Scion some of us down to Palm FL to listen to them talk it and take one for a spin. After a first day full of delays, just under 12 hours in the airport or plane (meaning Raleigh, NC I could have there faster,) I grabbed a $16 melt and $14 martini (it is Palm for dinner from the hotel and was out like a light within the After breakfast, we sat through a presentation, then stepped to the 11 iQs they had lined up to see what the car is all

The iQ is strikingly small (it is a micro-car all.) Wheelbase and body are so close it’s scary, the front and rear fascias only a few inches after the Total length of the body: ft shorter than Fiat, but a or so longer than the Smart. To up for some of that, it s 5.5 ft wide than both,) which when viewing the car from the

It’s a cool-looking car, right along with youth-oriented design philosophy. it avoids that awkward look its dimensions would and replaces it with a bit of aggression to its wide stance and slick

Engineers of the iQ worked overtime interior volume, moving the A/C unit behind the center giving the car an asymmetrical seating with the front passenger slightly ahead of the driver. It the iQ a 3+1 seating arrangement, meaning it s got for three adults and an infant or Other space-saving techniques used was using slim placing the 8.5-gallon fuel underneath the driver and right-rear and using a high-mount rack-and-pinion power assist steering

Fitting anything larger a couple bags of Oreos the rear seats would be a so they fold down with a trunk mat already to their backs, bringing room up from a whopping 3.5 feet to a useable 16.7.

My chubby 6 4 frame fits it without any awkward contorting or The driver s seat goes all the way for me and touches against the front of the seat. More like a 3+0 if over 5 6 tall is driving.

The car s 4.9 ft gives me a few welcome inches of The sporty flat-bottomed steering tilts but doesn t telescope, and standard with red stitching and controls. Sitting shotgun you some extra room to out with the seat back and a typical glove box with a plastic drawer under the A single cup holder in the center one in each door, and a small under the center stack the only other storage up Inside that cubby is a 12V power outlet for accessories.

In a car for the youngins, it really should at least two, what their music players and screens, and Pac-Man video A standard auxiliary and USB input you the ability to hook those MP3 up to one of the iQ s three head units. The iQ s width is more than keeping occupants from that tiny-car claustrophobic seating more like the

I d go so far as to say it feels almost spacious up

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But the real question is how does the guy drive? Not how you d expect a car this to drive. That is to say it s competent and at speed, and reaching 80 mph on the highway t scare the crap of you. turns a bit too fast doesn t like you ll tip over, either, mostly to the width of the car and lowered of gravity.

Maneuvering is quick and as you d expect, and parking is easy. a turning circle just shy of 13 ft, in tight circles feels the car is pivoting on the rear wheel. The iQ s engine only puts out 94 but it s also only carrying lbs, plus you. It s no Martin. but it s responsive and has plenty of for most needs. The Scion iQ is going to be available with a Transmission (CVT) unfortunately won t be a manual gearbox option.

The CVT isn t bad (and I normally hate but I d still like to see it with an stick. My only other about the driving itself is the s numbness and lack of feedback. Oh, and control isn t available.

At all.

The combination of the tiny engine, transmission, and light weight the iQ to get 36 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway that s into hybrid territory for less money. The 2012 iQ is $15,995, including delivery, and Scion is monospec (no trim or packages,) it comes well-equipped and only extra cost be any accessories or changes.

The 2012 iQ is in the western states now, and dates for the rest of the country are in the first quarter of 2012.

Before You Buy

The Scion iQ s main are the Smart forTwo and Fiat with the Mini Cooper considered a solid ehh maybe. down for a big photo gallery.

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