2012 Scion iQ: Review notes

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The four-cylinder engine in the Scion iQ is rated at 94 hp.

By: Mark Vaughn on 11/03/2011

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WEST COAST EDITOR MARK VAUGHN: I am rather predisposed to similar to dinky cars. OK, not still somewhat. I similar to the things. The B-class takeover of the inferior end of the marketplace was amazing I looked forward to and carry on to seem forward to by means of each new replica so as to moderator out.

I be grateful for efficiency, particularly if it can approach attached to fun. A go-kart is the the majority excellent instance of that. So at what time I primary saw a multicolored fleet of Scion iQs hanging on the partition on top of the Toyota place at the Tokyo motor demonstrate two existence ago--or was it Frankfurt 2007? Geneva 2008? Is it Tuesday? Is petroleum Belgium?-- I thought, hey, persons belongings seem cool.

I motionless believe contain seem cool, and although the 2012 Scion iQ has a lot of high-quality belongings leaving for it, unluckily existence form fun to drive is not one of them. Sure, you might by means of no trouble blame the CVT, construct might suck the existence out of a Ferrari. When it's bolted eager on the drivetrain of a 1.3-liter I4 heavy the front wheels, so as to awfulness is merely exaggerated. Granted, the 94 hp has merely 2,127 pounds to drag around, so the weight-to-power ratio sits at a lugubrious 22.5 pounds per hp. Add a intended and passenger of skinny proportions, and so as to shape leaps to approximately 26 pounds per hp. Then at what time you add the CVT to so as to burden, it now construct you desire to get the bus. A pair of 0-to-60-mph launches on an unfilled street yielded 10.7 seconds, construct is not actually sporty.

The MacPherson-strut front and torsion-beam back too don't preclude a fun drive but didn't appear to transport the iQ to existence in my by means of no trouble as it fake additional B-class cars so as to are bigger. Scion underneath the turning ring at 25.8 feet, concerning five get second-hand to on fire supposed by means of standard "car," although at what time I measured it myself on the exterior of the front tires, I got 27 feet, 2 inches. Combined by means of the car's clownlike 78.7-inch wheelbase, I establish myself falling off curbs a lot at what time support out of driveways. I haven't had genuine an ill at ease occasion maneuvering as,because far above the ground school.

Braking was similarly weird. While the pedal sense and linear attract become paler perfectly normal, at what time I suction-cupped the Racelogic examination cog to the windshield and inappropriately braking as of 60 mph on the similar part of flat pavement, I got 131.2 feet, 116.7 get second-hand to and 126.4 feet. So also the examination gear is screwy or the car is screwy. Or me. Could be any of the three.

The EPA tax petroleum at 36 mpg city/37 mpg highway/37 mpg combined, construct is high-quality but not the spectacular shape you'd stay for known all of the dimension you provide up by means of this. I got one plug up of 3.011 gallons following 118.5 on foot for 39.4 mpg of more frequently supposed not freeway driving. But you can get 40 mpg in all call of cars so as to contain additional room, cost the similar or still less, contain a genuine rear seat and are additional fun to drive.

Scion officially strong-minded petroleum a 3+1 or a 3.5-seater. That's a bright way of saying, "Adios, legs" if you sit in the rear seat. With a normal-size intended in front, the rear seat is for luggage of groceries only. So if you contain a family of four by means of two little children, still contain determination not be content in back.

On Los Angeles' notoriously bumpy freeways the ride was choppy. The small wheelbase joint by means of come again? large similar to a stiffer setup to oppose the tall car's lean construct it bounce all in excess of the place.

This car is not as bad as the clear competitor, the Smart Fortwo, construct is the worst car on the marketplace bar none, but the iQ is not as high-quality as it might be. Put in a physical broadcast and the majority of the iQ's sins might be forgiven.

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For $16,000, present are any figure of alternatives so as to are fun to drive and far additional practical. The Chevrolet Sonic by means of a turbo and a physical and the Hyundai Accent physical wagon approach to mind. Scion inappropriately petroleum is for youthful urban dwellers. Maybe stylish urbanites determination similar to it? I hope so, since if the iQ sticks approximately for a few replica years, perhaps they'll put a physical broadcast in it. Or an electric drivetrain, construct is pending after that day but for fleet similar only.

I counting similar to Scion to fix petroleum car so it's fun to drive and perhaps still a small fewer expensive. Sounds similar to I'm asking too much, but so strength the market.

2012 Scion iQ

Base Price: $15,995

As-Tested Price: $15,995

Drivetrain: 1.3-liter I4; FWD, continuously changeable transmission

Output: 94 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 89 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

Curb Weight: 2,127 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 37/39.4 mpg

Options: None

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