Scion iQ: Introduction
The 2012 Scion iQ is he newest addition to the Scion nameplate, and promises to offer stellar fuel efficiency in an extremely compact package. With a body frame roughly the size of the Smart fortwo, this vehicle may not fit the lifestyle of all car drivers. However, those in the market for a zippy around-town car may find much to like. Keep reading to review specs, features and pricing for the 2012 Scion iQ.
Styling: 2012 Scion iQ
The Scion iQ is a petite little coupe with rounded edges and a stylish, youth-oriented exterior. Toyota refers to the interior as a 3+1 seating layout. This jargon refers to the fact that official figures list a maximum occupancy of three adults and one child. However, given the size of the vehicle, it may be best to consider the iQ a two-seater. While the iQ is an import from Toyota's international market, the American model boasts a slightly more aggressive exterior. Unique additions include a slightly bolder grille and exclusive rim design.
In terms of size, urban dwellers will benefit from the compact size of the iQ when it comes to parking. Vehicle specs indicate a total length of six and a half feet. As a comparison, the already-tiny Toyota Yaris exceeds this figure by a full five feet.
Performance: 2012 Scion iQ
The Lilliputian iQ makes do with a slightly 1.3-cylinder engine that maxes out at 90 horsepower. While performance is likely to be far from exhilarating, 90-hp for this size of car should be adequate for most driver needs. As a comparison, the Smart ForTwo is currently outfitted with a 70-horsepower 1.0-liter engine.
Toyota has remained quiet about how many MPGs it expects the Scion iQ to earn. However, the small engine and standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) should combine to deliver exceptional mileage. As a rough estimate, highway fuel figures may be listed as high as 50 mpg.
Safety: 2012 Scion iQ
For some, the idea of purchasing such a small car raises concerns about safety. However, Toyota attempts to quell these concerns by including a solid number of standard safety features. All models should come standard with front side airbags, side curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist and antilock brakes.
Pricing and Features: 2012 Scion iQ
The initial asking price for a 2012 Scion iQ has been set at $15,995. This fee includes destination charges. While Toyota has yet to release info on standard equipment, car shoppers can expect an above-average number of comfort and convenience features when compared to other compact vehicles. As an example, Toyota has let it slip that a Pandora Internet radio service will serve as a standard feature.
Release Date: 2012 Scion iQ
Perceptive car shoppers will note that the launch date of the Scion iQ has already been pushed back twice. Initially slated for a summer 2011 release date, the March 11th earthquake pushed production back due to disruption at Toyota manufacturing plants. As a result, Toyota is now rolling out the iQ regionally, with the first models hitting the west coast in late 2011. Southern states will be able to purchase the Scion iQ in January 2012, with the east coast and Midwest receiving models shortly thereafter.
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