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2012 Scion iQ Consumer Reviews

4.3
Average based on 25 reviews
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Love my Pacific Blue Scion iQ

by from NE Pennsylvania on September 21, 2012

I want to address the bad reviews I have read - Not enough power (It's 1.3 L with CVT ... a Ferrari it ain't; but what it has works fine for me); No glove box (Has a tray under the passenger seat, and...
I want to address the bad reviews I have read - Not enough power (It's 1.3 L with CVT ... a Ferrari it ain't; but what it has works fine for me); No glove box (Has a tray under the passenger seat, and I bought a lockable box at the Dollar Store for between the front seats); No center arm rest (if your hands are at 10 & 2, unless you're build like an orangutan, there is no need); Doesn't seat 4 (no duh. What do you expect in a 10 ft long car? - it's a 2 seater on steriods to keep insurance costs low); No trunk room (fold down the rear seats and there's ample room - it's a 2-seater on steroids); Stopping distance is too long (Don't tailgate, fool). Seat headrest is not adjustable (you did not notice this when you bought it? Many cars have this feature, as it is stronger and safer than the adjustable headrests). Bumpy ride (it's a 78 in. wheelbase, only 18 in. longer than my 650cc Suzuki Burgman. What do you expect?) Now for MY complaints - I'm tall, need to sit back - visor is not long enough on the driver's door (I bought a plastic extender - issue fixed). Terrible blind spot on the driver's side (had to tweak my left and center mirrors, but I've got it covered ... look over your left shoulder before changing lanes). There is no cigarette lighter (power port yes, but it doesn't work with a lighter) 8-( Now for my Pro comments. Very comfortable (seating and ride - I have no issues with the acceration, but have not yet taken it out to an area where I can safely test the handling responsiveness), love the default Pioneer sound system (old guy, dropped 3.5 GB music on a $10 USB stick, and I have DAYS of tunes that I can put in my pocket, no need for Satillite radio, CD's etc.), amazing gas milage (with no hybrid battteries to replace, regular gas, unlike the Smart4Two which runs on Premium) combined highway and local getting 37 MPG. A head turning quotient of 9.5 on a 10 scale. I can park 2 of these in my garage, front to back! LOL I can do a 360 in my driveway! It is fun to drive, economical, and looks good.
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My Scion IQ 2012

by from Houston Tx on February 7, 2012

Been driving my IQ for 2 weeks today in start and stop traffic and i still have a half a tank of gas. This Little car handles great and im in Houston Tx. It is comfortable for the front seats but howe...
Been driving my IQ for 2 weeks today in start and stop traffic and i still have a half a tank of gas. This Little car handles great and im in Houston Tx. It is comfortable for the front seats but however a little tight in the back. I find it very easy on the gas and it turns on a dime. Super easy to park. I find it very easy to look out while driving not finding any extra blind spots me being very short this is a huge plus. Comes stock with a nice stereo. This car is not super fast but i don't have a problem keeping up with the highway traffic either, would highly recommend this car to anyone.
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My Scion

by from Anchorage, AK on January 2, 2012

Ordered it in the middle of November, arrived first week of Dec. First one sold in Alaska. Is doing every thing I wanted. I don't fit the young tuner demographic, needed a urban, drive to work, visit ...
Ordered it in the middle of November, arrived first week of Dec. First one sold in Alaska. Is doing every thing I wanted. I don't fit the young tuner demographic, needed a urban, drive to work, visit my church family, hospital calls etc. Perfect for what I needed. To those of you that have read a marginal review, this one needs about 3 days, not 3 hours, to grow on you. It's not big, fast or a guzzler, it will get you there cheaply and in style. Should change Americas view of micro cars.
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Best car. EVER.

by from Orange County, NY on July 15, 2013

I've put 2k miles on the car already and I got it at 4k miles certified pre-owned. This car is awesome. plain and simple. Either you love or hate it based on what it looks like from looking at it for ...
I've put 2k miles on the car already and I got it at 4k miles certified pre-owned. This car is awesome. plain and simple. Either you love or hate it based on what it looks like from looking at it for the first time. but don't be so judgmental. It's WAY bigger on the inside than it looks, so don't judge it just yet when you first see it. Secondly, this car gives me 41 MPG on average when driven using the eco. I live in a very mountainous area and the car has the power to accelerate over a huge hill/mountain. I was pleasantly surprised to see how the engine actually has power to it. Now, its no mustang, but I used to own a Hyundai Accent and it accelerates better than my old car.... and it has way better fuel economy. I commute 140 miles a day. I really think this is the BEST option for a car if you want a one that comes very close to hybrid fuel economy, without the price and expensive maintenance. Note: the car fits 3 people kind of comfortably, but its really meant for two. My dog rides in the back very comfortably :]
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Much better then Smart

by from Dallas, TX on June 7, 2013

I test drove both Smart and IQ. The Smart was very disappointing and SLOW. The IQ is no corvette however it has more power and stability then Smart. Take both for a test ride,te buy IQ if your looking...
I test drove both Smart and IQ. The Smart was very disappointing and SLOW. The IQ is no corvette however it has more power and stability then Smart. Take both for a test ride,te buy IQ if your looking for a cute SMALL car.
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Great!

by from Georgia on March 30, 2012

I am a 37 Year old man 6'2" tall and weigh 235 lb. You would not think this car would suit me, but you would be wrong! I bought this car for work, I drive mostly in town and wanted some thing that got...
I am a 37 Year old man 6'2" tall and weigh 235 lb. You would not think this car would suit me, but you would be wrong! I bought this car for work, I drive mostly in town and wanted some thing that got good gas mileage and was easy to park. This fit the bill for me exactly. I looked at many new cars before I chose this one. At first, I thought it would just be too small after driving my Lexus ES300 for years. But was amazed at just how roomy it really is! Very easy to get in and out of and the front seats adjust nicely. Keep in mind that I normally drive alone so I cant not complain about "no room for others". But if you need to haul around more than two adults, look else where. This car is great for a commuter and fits in places no other car can. If you read a bad review on this car, Stop and look at what they are complaining about. You will quickly see that they bought the car for the wrong reason and should have just bought something else! Always drive every car in the class you can before buying. Don't write bad reviews to cover your own mistakes :)
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Seat Four

by from on September 5, 2012

This car will seat four but it is a compromise. I am six two and can sit behind myself on the passenger side but not the drivers side, In that area a child would fit. When there are only two in the ca...
This car will seat four but it is a compromise. I am six two and can sit behind myself on the passenger side but not the drivers side, In that area a child would fit. When there are only two in the car and the seats are back there is more room than any car I can mention. A big plus is the width which is wider than any other small car and this provides plenty of elbo room. if you regularly carry four this is not the car to buy unless all are small. Its a short very maneuverable fun to drive, practical and economical highly individual car for nipping about but still capable of making long journey's. Those new owners complaining about passenger space or an uncomfortable seat show a lack of judgement when choosing the car.If I were to change anything it would be the highly reflective glossy center section of the dash that blinds the driver when the sun hits at a certain angle. Inexcusable from the interior designer.
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It's Bigger On the Inside

by from Columbia, MD on August 8, 2012

I was looking for a good commuter car and settled on the iQ. The four other cars in the running were; Smart For Two, Prius C, Honda Fit, and Golf TDI. The Honda (and I’m a Honda guy) was a little susp...
I was looking for a good commuter car and settled on the iQ. The four other cars in the running were; Smart For Two, Prius C, Honda Fit, and Golf TDI. The Honda (and I’m a Honda guy) was a little suspect on gas millage, but had many nice features. The Golf TDI was (IMHO) overpriced. That left the Smart For Two and the Prius C. The iQ beats the Smart For Two hands down. Period. The Prius C, however, was a great solution, but in the end it came down to style. A Prius looks like every other Prius on the road, while the iQ is unique. I love the interior of the iQ and it really does feel bigger to drive than it really is. I do wish that there were TDI performance options for air filter and exhaust, but I’ll try to find those on the aftermarket.
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Fat guy in a little car

by from Massachusetts on July 2, 2012

I'll start by saying that I'm 6' and over 300lb. I can easily get in and out of the car comfortably. The iQ is way roomier than anyone would guess from looking at it from the outside. I find the look ...
I'll start by saying that I'm 6' and over 300lb. I can easily get in and out of the car comfortably. The iQ is way roomier than anyone would guess from looking at it from the outside. I find the look to be fantastic and it has top notch materials from what I can see. While it's not fast I'll say that getting out in front of traffic or on the highway is zero issue. If you need to get out quickly use the S setting on the shifter then shift into D after hitting cruising speed. Standard features like traction control, ac and fantastic stereo with Bluetooth streaming is nice for the money. Mine replaced my '02 Accord and I find this more comfortable to drive and I don't think reliability will be an issue. Can't recommend the iQ enough for anyone who doesn't need to cart more than 2 people regularly.
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Love my iQ

by from Lafayette, NJ on May 26, 2012

My husband and I wanted a Smart car, but my husbands 6'1" and over 250lbs. He test drove a Smart car and had trouble fitting in it and driving it, too small for him. When we saw the iQ parked outside ...
My husband and I wanted a Smart car, but my husbands 6'1" and over 250lbs. He test drove a Smart car and had trouble fitting in it and driving it, too small for him. When we saw the iQ parked outside our local Toyota dealer on a Sunday, we stopped and looked at it. We test drove the first iQ the dealer got in. We loved it! It's small but dosen't feel like a small car. The front seats are as roomy as a much larger car. The back seats are small, best for children or pets. We leave the back seats down and put the dogs back there. We wanted the iQ as a "fun" car to drive around town. The price was right and the gas mileage was better than any other car we currently owned. Love the look of the car inside and out. Very "cute". Handles like a sports car, we use super gas and find that we get better pick up. The only improvement we would make to the car would be to the dashboard instrument panel, there is no icon for the headlights when they are on. And no warning sound when you forget and leave the headlights on and exit the car. The Sion iQ is a great addition to our "fleet" of cars, we are car lovers and this car hit our "soft spot".
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