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The Scion iQ is not such a smart choice

Consumer Reports News: June 26, 2012 11:08 AM

Scion has made a small addition to its product range with the iQ, a tiny two-door model sold as a Toyota elsewhere in the world as an urban runabout. The iQ's road-test score ranks the 120-inch hatchback as the second-lowest scoring car in our ratings.

The iQ stretches 14-inches longer than the Smart ForTwo and it scores just one point more, but that's just a footnote. Even were the iQ's test score to double, it still wouldn't meet the minimum threshold to earn a Consumer Reports recommendation. Its appeal is severely limited by the buckboard ride, constant din, and pokey acceleration.

"While the iQ's fuel economy is good within its class, it requires drivers to endure a lot of trade-offs just to save at the pump. Its $16,205 sticker price is no bargain either," said David Champion, Sr. Director of Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.

This Scion is easy to park, with a tight turning circle, and it does provide excellent fuel economy. However, the roomier Honda Fit and Scion xD are nicer cars that cost about the same, provide comparable fuel economy, and are also easy to zip around in.

Check out the video below for more highlights, and read our full iQ road test for more detailed insights.

Jeff Bartlett


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