Road Test: 2012 Scion iQ



motorWeek is made possible by Rock auto tech and 3m there are small cars and there are small cars up until recently really small cars in America we're defined by sub compacts like this Hyundai Accent but with higher government fuel economy standards on the horizon car makers are testing the waters with even smaller micro and mini cars like the smart fortwo this Fiat 500 and our next road test the Scion iQ you've heard big things come in small packages while the 2012 Scion iQ though tiny in size may just well be the next big thing in city commuting this sub subcompact has a wheelbase of only 78 point seven inches and is just ten feet overall 121 point one inches to be exact or fourteen inches longer than a smart fortwo yet it's not a box on wheels like many really small cars the IQ has more of a dull wedge shape with an almost flat front end and aggressively sloped windshield by the way the IQ 16 inch wheels are also larger than most micros tacked on arrow treatments on both front and rear bumpers help it chop through the air while a rear window fin and spoiler lend a hand to keep the air flowing smoothly over and around the car the interior of the iq is best described as 3 + 1 the tiny shell surprised us with real car comfort 4 front Cedars at first glance the twin rear seats look sorely lacking in legroom but the right side setback of the instrument panel there is no glovebox allows the front passenger seat to slide way forward thus providing decent adult-sized room behind it a child can still squeeze in behind the driver that's what we mean by 3 + 1 but you do have to choose whether you to haul people or cargo as there's no real trunk behind the rear seats just a small storage bin folding the split rear seatbacks flat results in sixteen point seven cubic feet of cargo room that's larger than a Toyota Corollas trunk materials throughout the cabin are of good quality and control layout is very simple how you like the radio will depend totally on how old you are under say 40 you'll love the touchscreen interface older and you may need tech support navigation is available as you might expect the IQ is perfect for tight city streets the turning diameter is only 26 feet while visibility is not as good as we'd like you are very close to the rear glass so finding your place in the space is not difficult out on the highway there is a lot of road noise but the IQ still feels plenty solid just like the Toyota Yaris on which it is based you rarely feel out of place among 18 wheelers and preoccupied SUV drivers but in the back of our minds we kept worrying about the back of our heads should we get rear-ended Scion however was way ahead of us on this one with a world's first rear window airbag with a car this small you expect good government fuel economy ratings nd they are at 36 City and 37 highway that's the best of any non-hybrid car we averaged 37 point one miles per regular gallon in our varied commutes and that makes for a great energy impact score of eight point nine barrels of annual oil consumption with co2 emissions of only four tons per year less impressive we're numbers at our test track the IQ is pretty pokey 260 taking a full nine point six seconds the quarter-mile eventually passed in seventeen point four seconds at 80 miles per hour not fast by any means but we will praise the CVT transmission that almost feels like a true automatic slow times are to be expected when you're dealing with a 1.3 liter i-4 that puts out a meager four horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque there is only one trim level for the IQ and it starts at $15,995 but there are lots of Alucard add-ons from your scion dealer micro or mini cars are not for everyone and yes there are larger more practical hybrids that get better fuel economy but the why of the 2012 Scion iQ is not really about any of that it's about being small for the sake of being small for those that don't live with a lot of space to start with if that's your urban identity then it doesn't take a genius to know that the IQ is indeed a smart choice you

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  1. TNN Media said:

    When Scion made this car they must have thought, hey lets take a Toyota Yaris, cut of the back and make it look smaller. LOL!!!!! But these are pretty great on mileage. Test drove one and it was fairly roomy, although I went with a new 2018 Kia Soul. Due to I actually need room lol.

    June 26, 2019
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  2. Cowboy77 said:

    …what are these weird camera zooms?

    June 26, 2019
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  3. BruceTheSillyGoose said:

    i wanna know how it handles potholes, segmented pavement, scalloped pavement, pockmarked pavement, wavy curvy stuff.

    June 26, 2019
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  4. alex042687 said:

    I'm interested in this car. Can it tow a trailer you think?

    June 26, 2019
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  5. Derek Franks said:

    Everyone in America doesn't want a pick up ,SUV & or Crossover! basic transportation. we all could care less about keeping up with the Jones .being car poor or house poor.saving money be economical & practical is not a sin or crime imo😐

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  6. Kosovno said:

    As an owner of the 2012 one, and the aston martin one, I love them! They're amazing fast, and comfortably.

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  7. samsquantch14 said:

    ya lost me at cvt…..

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  8. justpar2012 said:

    Is the Scion iQ rough riding? Thanks

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  9. francess said:

    does it have aircon? heater?

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  10. Jesse5068 said:

    I bought mine in 2015 and love it. I commute 100 miles per day, parking is a major issue where I live and people love the car.

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  11. electrictroy2010 said:

    At 36 the Toyota IQ is the highest City MPG of any nonhybrid car
    .

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  12. SlyRobot said:

    Why do hipster fucks get to drive this virgin-mobile, yet its illegal for others to drive map micro trucks??? 

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  13. Larry Jones said:

    I just bought a 2014 model ….I'm the sports cars kinda guy, but I actually LOVE this little car. Im done with high insurance rates and huge gas bills, time to put my money elsewhere.  I will tell you, from the moment I drove this car, I couldn't stop thinking about it, I tried several others ( boring 4 door sedans, that all look dweeby), and I came back to the IQ. Loved it so much, I traded in my "toy", a 1991 Mercedes SL500 !( I sure don't miss that insurance rate !)  The IQ drives, handles well, sticks to curves, and has seating room inside like much bigger cars. The car looks sporty and "personnel" I like the 2 door design.  When I get some 17" aftermarket wheels on it, and a little extra bass in the stereo, I will be set !  Stop ragging on the IQ…..its a great little car and is a  fun sporty stylish ride..  I rather drive it anyday than a Yaris or a Cruise !

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  14. Paul Prince said:

    Great little car, these are urban cars. GREAT for city driving and mine has great rear vision. It is NOT a highway car. I am 6'2" and can drive in comfort.
    The CVT is probably the only tranny they could fit in a small package.

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  15. Charsept said:

    I don't live in the city at all (there are only 2 gas stations in my town) and I'd still love one of these. Not a fan of CVTs but what are you gonna do.

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  16. Prizm2356 said:

    Ive never seen one are these still in production?

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  17. cesar castellon said:

    practico, bonito,economico, atarctivo, muy compacto, etc. 

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  18. Briggleton said:

    Really? A bigger screen that your laptop?

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  19. USAon3 said:

    Say that after the Midol wears off, dear. In the mean time I'd love a cup of coffee.

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  20. KristalynJ said:

    I'm game

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  21. USAon3 said:

    I am gonna make a cross out of Phentermine and burn your forehead with it! :DDDD

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  22. USAon3 said:

    1. A whole car weighs more than one ton.
    2. A whole car has a wheelbase more than 6.6 feet.
    3. A whole car can hit 60 mph in less than 9 seconds (this is useful to get out of the way of larger vehicles that might hit you).
    4. If you and your friend Jamie got in a whole car at the same time, you probably wouldn't need semi-pneumatic tires (based on the "Mercedes Benz" vid on your channel).

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  23. KristalynJ said:

    I am gonna make a video of my car, and flood your inbox with it! :DDDD

    June 26, 2019
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  24. KristalynJ said:

    Half a Car is subjective. Who ever defined what a WHOLE car actually is? FYI: Midol is a scam. Vicodin is the way to go.

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  25. USAon3 said:

    This from someone who owns half a car – yet paid full-car price for it?
    Get in your clown car and buy some Mydol. Judging by your post, you need it.

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  26. KristalynJ said:

    I am chubby, but I am very short so–it evens out..LOL…and..it is really roomy….a six foot 3 dude drove it…..it's just like a regular sedan that a car monster bit off the back half..haha

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  27. AutomotiveVlog said:

    Ok I gotta say the IQ is a brilliant car. I'm surprised your big fat ass fits in it.

    Must have lots of room for snacks too. I wonder how the suspension has held up. Ok now I'm done =)

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  28. KristalynJ said:

    thank god

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  29. AutomotiveVlog said:

    Damn calm down lady! You're crazy! I wont even reply to you anymore. G'day mate!

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  30. KristalynJ said:

    and ugly…..and have no fun shit inside….Geo Metro?? Are you an idiot? wow….I just bought a 2013—–99 dollar a month payment…..bigger computer screen than my laptop…….cheaper and bigger is all that matters?? wtf……

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  31. KristalynJ said:

    Ya Mad Bro? You probably don't even have good enough credit to buy a new car. Keep your hoopty..LOL….

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  32. USAon3 said:

    You drive? There's no street in the kitchen!

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  33. AutomotiveVlog said:

    I say $10,000 new considering how much car you get. For $10,000 I'd own one.

    But way too much for what they are asking for. Rather get a much better used car for the price they are asking for new.

    Geo Metros get more MPG then these cars and they're cheaper and bigger.

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  34. AutomotiveVlog said:

    I don't feel like they're worth what you pay for them.

    I'd rather buy a nicer used car for $10,000

    $10,000 is the most I would pay for a tiny car.

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  35. KristalynJ said:

    have a 2013. Love it. no mistake here

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  36. KristalynJ said:

    that's because you are an American. Go to other countries. I own a 2013. The options alone are worth 10,000. LOVE IT

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  37. KristalynJ said:

    I own one…2013. I get like…40-44 miles to the gallon. I am the fact.

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  38. BR Speedy's Garage said:

    Nice, they overinflated a smart car.

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  39. calpitoc said:

    It needs to start at $12K and have better MPG, otherwise I can't see the point.

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  40. SgtGnome said:

    I want an iQ because I like them. I am not in an area where parking is tight, and I do highway driving for work, but that isn't going to stop me from getting one of these very soon.

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  41. Matthew B said:

    just look on fueleconomy dot gov

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  42. USAon3 said:

    Yeah… it's easy to state a claim without having to worry about little things like facts to back up the claim…
    Care to cite a source for your fallacy?

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  43. Matthew B said:

    The crx hfs did get 42 mpg city 51 hwy with the revised epa ratings…the chevy sprint er did 44/53 tho

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  44. USAon3 said:

    Measure your CRX against today's revised EPA real-world numbers, Honda fanboy. The IQ would beat it.
    Hondas are ridiculously overrated.

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  45. USAon3 said:

    It wouldn't get that if based on today's revised MPG numbers…more like 28-30 – which the IQ torches.
    Honda fanboys are as annoying and misinformed as Apple fanboys…

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  46. Lambo6fo said:

    Do you mean that the same way if this was a 2 seater porsche?

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  47. AutomotiveVlog said:

    I'd buy one of these tiny cars if it was in the $10,000 range

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  48. taitai907 said:

    I love Toyota but I have to say that the iQ is a mistake.

    June 26, 2019
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