Used 2012 Scion iQ Hatchback
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You can blame (or thank) MINI Cooper for this. Ever since the cheeky little Brit was reintroduced in 2003, buyers have been going gaga for small, personal city cars. Where small cars used to be cheap, inexpensive transportation, this new breed combines style, personality and performance along with the premium price tag. The key players in the game are currently MINI, Smart, the new
FIAT 500, and now, the all-new
2012 Scion iQ. The funniest thing about this is that the largest car in the class is...you guessed it, the MINI.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're an urban dweller who has to fight it out for parking, or an eco-minded driver who doesn't want to give up the toys. If you find the Smart too small, the MINI too pricey, and the FIAT questionable on reliability, the iQ hatchback could be just right.
You May Not Like This Car If...
First of all, you either like the
Scion iQ styling or you don't. If you're looking for cheap transportation or need 4-passenger capacity, the
Toyota Yaris and
sedan (both all-new for 2012),
Honda Fit and Mazda2 will better fit the bill.
What's New for 2012
The 2012 Scion iQ is a master of
hatchback packaging, fitting 2 +1 seating (we can explain) into a stylish package that is incredibly small on the outside, yet surprisingly roomy inside. And the front-drive, 3-door hatchback looks like the kind of futuristic cars we all thought we'd be driving by now. So...now you can.
When you're behind the wheel of the 2012 Scion iQ hatchback, it's easy to forget you're in a car that's shorter than a MINI. You sit tall, like in the FIAT 500, and that gives excellent visibility. Unlike the FIAT, the Scion feels more sleek and coupe-like, thanks to a smaller greenhouse. Scion puts the dashboard and center stack further away, enhancing the impression you're driving a larger car. The drive doesn't betray it – the 92-hp 4-cylinder is smooth and the iQ provides a surprisingly quiet ride. Freeway speeds are comfy, with only a little nudge from side winds betraying the short wheelbase. In town, it's only when you crank over the steering wheel, when the 2012 iQ turns on it's heels like an exuberant Jack Russell Terrier, that it strikes you how maneuverable the little Scion is. Keep the CVT automatic transmission in Sport mode, and you'll get more zippy performance, but it can't match the Italians (FIAT) or Germans (MINI) for road feel and driving fun.
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
You wouldn't think you'd get excited about a steering wheel, but the standard Scion iQ wheel has a fat, leather-wrapped rim, and angular contours that make it look like it came from a Ferrari. Nice.
Staggered 3-person seating
By pushing the dashboard and console way forward, the Scion iQ puts the front passenger slightly ahead of the driver, adding enough room for a passenger in the back. Clever. No such luck for those behind the driver, though.
Think of the Scion iQ as a 2-seater with room for an occasional third, and you've got it right. Considering the hatchback's tiny overall length, room up front is impressive. The seats are ample-sized and quite comfortable too. (Warning! If you've got both rear seats up, cargo room is non-existent.) Even more impressive is the iQ interior design, with beautiful curved door handles, a curved cascading center stack, and nice quality materials throughout. It's a nice place to spend time.
When you think about the Scion iQ's competitors, you realize that both the MINI Cooper and the FIAT 500 are retro-classic designs that have been re-envisioned. The Scion charts a bold new course. It's funky and aero. So we were surprised our 2012 Scion iQ test car didn't turn more heads. We think it's the dark charcoal (magnet gray metallic) paint. We've seen other iQ hatchbacks in a bright orange ("Hot Lava" to Scion) and white ("Blizzard Pearl"), and they really grab your attention. Because it's a Scion, you have a wide choice of personalization, including accessory body parts and wheels, so making one your own should be easy.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2012 Scion iQ comes impressively equipped. At its $15,999 starting price, standard goodies include air conditioning, power locks/windows/mirrors, keyless entry with electronic rear-hatch locking system, a thumping 160-watt Pioneer audio system with HD technology, a USB input for your iPod, Bluetooth connectivity, 16-inch covered steel wheels, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
Buyers with safety concerns about the iQ's small size will be happy to know about its armada of airbags, including driver and passenger front, knee, seat-mounted side and side curtain air bags. There are also unique front seat-cushion airbags and a rear-window airbag that deploys around the rear headrests.
Notable Optional Equipment
There's basically only one Scion iQ model, but like other Scion models, there's a nice array of accessories. On the outside, there's a 4-piece aero kit, rear spoiler, mudguards and fog lights. For the inside, the usual assortment of floor mats and cargo nets is available, plus a cool interior-lighting kit. Those of you looking to terrorize your local on ramp can plump for (Toyota Racing Development (TRD) lowering springs and a rear sway bar. Alloy wheels are available, as is a full-featured navigation system.
Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2012 Scion iQ gets its kicks from a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 94 hp. It may be small, but it's a technical powerhouse, with dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and dual variable valve timing. Toyota recommends 87-octane gasoline – which when combined with EPA fuel-economy estimates of 36 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, you won't be spending much at the pump.
1.4-liter in-line 4
94 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
89 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 36/37
Note: The iQ is just starting to go on sale, and Scion is doing a national roll-out. Check www.scion.com to find out when the iQ will be available in your area. The 2012 Scion iQ starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $15,999 and can run up to $20,000 fully accessorized. That puts it right in the crosshairs of the
2012 FIAT 500, which starts at $16,000, but can top out at $25,000. Meanwhile, the 2012 MINI Cooper has a starting sticker price of $20,200 and can top $30,000. Being the new kid on the block, we expect the 2012 Scion iQ will be in high demand to start - and that Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price will reflect real-world transaction prices close to MSRP.
Scion iQ Consumer Reviews
September 02, 2016
Smallest 4 seater, used in NYC.
I have this car for a while now and I can truly say its a great car. It is the most convenient car to own in New York City where parking...
November 13, 2015
Exactly what I wanted out of a city vehicle
I purchased my scion IQ when I started working a job that required travel in the city every day. It gets about 36 mpg all around but...
July 05, 2015
Still LOVE my IQ
I wrote the first review for the IQ back in 2012 when I first bought this car. I still LOVE my IQ. I use this car to commute, going up...
May 12, 2015
Love my iQ
Have had my iQ for 1.5 years, no complaint at all! I knew it was a compact car when I got it, I was pleasantly surprised at how spacious...
May 06, 2015
Has some road noise when on the highway,,,but we rarely go on the highway......so it is the perfect car for my husband and me. Plenty of...
April 04, 2015
Love my iQ!
So I recently purchased my iQ and let me tell you that I am obsessed with it. I love driving it! Sure, it isn't the fastest car I have...
October 04, 2014
Good Things Come in Small Packages
I was originally looking for a small used car, like a Hyundai or Kia. I live in Seattle where parking can be limited. After an...
July 24, 2014
Great buy for the money!
As long as you don't need the extra space of a trunk, the car has it all. Two rear seats with belts, headrests, and airbags make it...
June 27, 2014
Great Small Car
I bought a used 2012 iQ and have had it for two months and so far have enjoyed the little car. I am a 6'2" 250lb man in my late 40's and...
June 21, 2014
Cute little run about car.
I love my little Scion IQ. It was rated by CR pretty low, but mostly for being low on pep, but I have yet to have that problem at all. I...