Scion iQ review | Consumer Reports



one way to get impressive fuel economy is to build a really small car there is no question to tsiyon IQ qualifies like the smart fortwo the IQ excels in an urban setting seems like this tiny car can be parked almost anywhere helped by an amazingly small 28 foot turning circle even though the IQ looks sort of like a smart it's actually a very different design unlike the smart the science engine is in the front and they squeezed in a very small rear seat that tiny 1.3 liter 4-cylinder puts out all of 94 horsepower powers channeled through a continuously variable transmission or CVT it shifts in steps making it feel more like a conventional automatic it works pretty hard to wring as much power as possible out of this tiny little engine as you might expect acceleration off the line is pretty slow you really need to keep your foot in the throttle too to keep up with traffic fuel economy is excellent at 34 miles per gallon overall however you'd kind of expect more out of such a small car also there are more civilized alternatives that approach this number plus a tiny 8 point 5 gallon fuel tank means your cruising range is pretty short maybe that short cruising range is for the best because you really don't want to take a long trip in the iQue the car is very noisy there's very little sound deadening a whole lot of road and wind noise and there's always engine noise from that CVT transmission keeping the revs high the ride is also very busy and chopping feels like you're riding on a buckboard it's even nervous on the highway handling is an impressive the car feels dirty to drive it's a combination of overly quick steering that has next to no driver feedback are having a very short wheelbase it all makes a car feel quite nervous on the highway at least emergency handling is secure on our Trek thanks to very aggressive Stability control driver visibility has some impediments the base of the windshield pillar it's quite thick over the shoulder vision for when merging that's quite difficult as well and the view out of the small back window is blocked a lot by the large rear head restraints it's really easy to get in the front of the iQue then again the whole side of the car is basically a door once inside there's actually decent room in front for two but there are some problems here the steering wheel only tilts it doesn't telescope and it's too far away plus the pedals and the left foot rest they're too close to you controls could be better the tachometer is tiny looks like a toy it's a reach to some of the stiff to turn climate control knobs worst of all though is the aftermarket look radio with its tiny buttons cryptic letters a small display and no two knob the front seats don't get much praise either they're very basic and they don't adjust for height cushioning is firm and the contours are flat so support is modest it might seem like a miracle packaging that signs squeezed in a rear seat but they're not doing anybody any favors here there's basically no legroom and the seat consumes the trunk space carrying luggage only really becomes possible if you fold the rear seat down maybe the biggest hurdle of the small cars its price tag at over $16,000 women buy a much more likeable and much more practical subcompact that still gets impressive fuel economy so unless you need to squeeze your car into a tiny parking spot every day you really should buy something else

34 Comments

  1. Erosdox7 said:

    I just got my used 2012 IQ and I agree with those that say this is NOT A REVIEW.    I find most so-called “reviews” like this fail to mention that this is a Front Wheel Drive car. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DRIVE A FWD AND RWD THE SAME WAY. You do each a disservice compairing them to the other. My other vehical is a 4X4 RAM. YES it took me about a day to adjust to the difference but that period of ajustment IS NOT A DESIGN FLAW.

    There are way too many people posing a experts doing bogus reviews like this.

    June 26, 2019
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  2. BruceTheSillyGoose said:

    i want to test drive one of these on the crappy jarring broken pavement of my small town.

    June 26, 2019
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  3. Silas Dogwood said:

    What a disastrously incompetent review! I don't know why I go anywhere near Consumer Reports. They gave car of the year to the worst car I ever owned, and they totally trashed the best car I ever owned. I now treat them as a counter-indicator. If Consumer Reports hates it, I'll buy it. If they love it, I won't go anywhere near it. So it looks like the IQ is just what I'm looking for in a lightweight commuter.

    June 26, 2019
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  4. Cowboy77 said:

    I'd just fold the seats down and leave them there….because why not? If it blocks your view out the back and you've not managed to coax 3-4 people in anyhow…it's not doing you any favors

    June 26, 2019
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  5. Float said:

    There is a good reason Toyota axed this car and sells Mazda2's branded as Yaris iA's for its sub-compact now.

    June 26, 2019
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  6. Killer stuff on the Internet. said:

    I drove one and averaged 40 mpg overay

    June 26, 2019
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  7. Scott Forbes said:

    I don't understand why people speak about a car when they are extremely uninformed. I have owned one of these for over two years and I love it.

    June 26, 2019
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  8. sharkinfested said:

    These look like a much better bargain on the used card market. You can pick up one of these with about 30K miles for around 9 grand = that's nearly half off the sticker price! I'm actually looking at one now that has 12K miles and they are asking $10,500.

    June 26, 2019
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  9. francess said:

    I think this car is OK for running errands around town & not serious fast hiway driving so I tend to agree with many reviewers below who aren't trashing the car.

    June 26, 2019
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  10. tubeme206 said:

    I don't think this is an accurate review, more like an opinion. I own one and once it pick up speed on freeway it is very fast and easy to change lanes. The noise level is not bad compare to other new cars. Suspension is okay not the greatest. Don't judge it just because it doesn't look like the other cars people drive. Go drive it yourself and see.

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  11. Wesley Nunes said:

    Got the fuel economy wrong

    June 26, 2019
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  12. Walrus said:

    This guy is very annoying ans stupid!!

    June 26, 2019
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  13. Jesus Garcia said:

    what an awful review, this car is not that bad

    June 26, 2019
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  14. William Lee said:

    should test drive it to find out if it suit yourself, can't just view the review reports. Consider it is a micro car.

    June 26, 2019
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  15. elton john said:

    These micro-cars are, quite frankly, idiot-mobiles.  A new Mazda 3 base model is a few thousand more, but it's a real car you could enjoy and live with.  This thing, and the Smart?  If you had to drive to pick up some beer, ok, but even then you'd be completely ready to get out of and never drive it again.

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  16. Kvats87 said:

    34 MPG!? What a waste…

    June 26, 2019
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  17. time4anewme said:

    Wow what a miserable man and such a negative review! Ok, the rear head restraints can be removed for better rear visability. The rear passenger has amble legroom because the front passenger seat can be pushed forward of the driver. The fuel range is fine. The CVT is very smooth. The car is darty because of the way you drive it – it's designed for the city. I can reach the steering wheel fine as an average sized male. And I've never found a problem with the pedals – though my IQ is right hand drive UK spec. I don't have that radio, and the nodule on my steering wheel controls everything.

    June 26, 2019
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  18. Vinh Tran said:

    Love this car but base price should be under $15000. Like around $13500. The car has nothing that shows its worth more than 15 grand. Its Toyota/scion mentality, "our cars are great and reliable so you consumers will pay whatever we ask." But they forget that there are so many other car companies offering more bang for the bucks.

    June 26, 2019
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  19. ThatFiatGuy said:

    See everyone says darty, and uneasy. Its a highly nimble car when you get used to the feel. I haven't gotten to the point of understeer yet, it is frightening how well it sticks in corners. But mine isn't the base model, I have TRD suspension. It also has plenty power, I'm usually blasting by people on the highway…wish I could see how funny it looks haha. From a absolute dead stop the power is horrible, its almost like its purposely holding back power.

    June 26, 2019
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  20. John Texas said:

    Rather sad that this boy they're using as an auto engineer at CR didn't learn from his better predecessors.  Plus, they weren't such ninnies and didn't waste such time whining about electronic toys. 

    June 26, 2019
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  21. Joel Patlan said:

    Ha I love my scion iq I had a smart car but traded it for a scion an I'm never going back

    June 26, 2019
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  22. rnorred1986 said:

    I've barely seen any of these on the road. I don't think they will be around much longer.

    June 26, 2019
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  23. wiibaron said:

    Same price and MPG as a Dart.. And nobody will laugh at you! And a Dart is built by our American neighbors who buy the stuff your company makes…

    June 26, 2019
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  24. Mike Smith said:

    TOYOTA please make that little 8 gallon gas tank at least 30 gallons (I KNOW YOU CAN)

    June 26, 2019
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  25. palebeachbum said:

    The iQ came out about the same time I was looking to buy a new car. I wanted something cheap and thrifty. I considered a lot of models, including the iQ, but it never made it to my "worth a test drive" list. Three main reasons why. Quite expensive considering the larger and cheaper alternatives. Very impractical due to the nearly non-existent trunk space. Lastly, the fuel economy is no better than larger subcompacts. I ended up choosing the '12 Versa sedan. Tons of space, low price, great MPGs.

    June 26, 2019
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  26. Corey Bishop said:

    i am defiantly getting one its very nice stylish and has lots of add ons to make it even cooler its actualy affordable and i am one person what do i need space for

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  27. SgtGnome said:

    I have had mine since Thanksgiving. I love it

    June 26, 2019
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  28. SgtGnome said:

    You are paying for it for the fact that it is mini. Like iPad Minis, mini tacos, mini corn dogs etc. It is fun, you are paying simply for the fact of the size

    June 26, 2019
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  29. vqlive said:

    POS

    June 26, 2019
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  30. Clayton p Chappelle Chappelle said:

    Who are they kidding? Test drive one yourself, then give a fair judgement. They forgot to tell you the saving along in operating will pay forth cost of owning one Evert I go with it

    June 26, 2019
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  31. gregocr said:

    16 g ? holy sh…t !!!

    June 26, 2019
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  32. VWdunderhead78 said:

    @RadzCars

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  33. MaritaBarita said:

    I bought one yesterday, its perfect in a big city =D

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  34. USAon3 said:

    You call 27 mpg city "similar" to 36 mpg??? Over the course of 12,000 miles, that's around a 25% difference in fuel cost.

    June 26, 2019
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