2012 Scion iQChange Vehicle
of the 2012 Scion iQ base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Convenient size
- Urban fuel efficiency
- Inventive styling
- Cabin materials
- Turning circle
- Highway composure
- Awkward controls
- Front-seat comfort
- No center armrest
- New for 2012
- One of the smallest cars in U.S.
- Seats three or four
- 1.3-liter four-cylinder, CVT automatic
- 37 mpg combined
- 11 airbags
The Scion iQ packs the funky appeal of a Smart ForTwo with few of the Smart's drawbacks, but that doesn't make it a complete car.
The four-seat iQ can fit in parking spots that are impossible for other cars, and it drives worlds better than the not-so-Smart, which we named the worst car of the 2000s. But it still feels witless on the highway, and its urban novelty wears thin as you notice the missing features and room that similar money can buy.
A Toyota division, Scion introduced the two-door iQ for 2012; typical of the brand, it comes in one trim level with a bevy of available dealer accessories, but our test car had few.
A True Minicar
At just 120.1 inches long, the iQ is the second-shortest mass-market car in the U.S. The ForTwo measures 14 inches shorter from bumper to bumper, but other microcars — like the Mini Cooper and the Fiat 500 — are more than a foot longer. Compare the four here. Traditional entry-level cars, like the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta, are bigger still. The iQ is a true minicar, and it draws all the fascination of the genre. A Harley-Davidson owner pulled up alongside one of our editors and hollered, "My bike is longer than your car!"
The fascination will intensify when people see you park the iQ, which makes up for its size deficit versus the ForTwo by turning a scant 25.8-foot circle — 3 feet tighter than the Smart. You can make U-turns just about anywhere, so keep them legal.
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