The 2012 Scion iQ “micro-compact” car has been priced at $15,265, and along with its MSRP Scion has released an avalanche of details about the tiny hatchback that provide a fuller picture of what buyers can expect once the Scion iQ goes on sale this fall. The chief take-away points that will interest most potential Scion iQ buyers are that the vehicle is safe despite its size but that it unfortunately comes up short in terms of both practicality and fuel economy.
The 2012 Scion iQ is advertised as a four-seater – in fact, Toyota sells it in other parts of the world under the banner of the “world’s smallest four-seat automobile.” While the vehicle does feature two front buckets and a rear bench, the “3+1” seating designation used in the Scion iQ’s original marketing materials is a far more accurate assessment of just how cozy the mini-hatchback’s interior confines really are. While three adults could conceivably share the iQ’s passenger compartment for short trips, shoehorning in a fourth party could be quite a challenge unless they happen to be a toddler. Unusual for a hatchback, the Scion iQ’s trunk is also quite tiny, showing as only 3.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in position and 16.7 cubic feet with the bench folded forward.