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The 2012 Scion iQ has received a less than stellar revi... The 2012 Scion iQ has received a less than stellar review from the venerable magazine (Credit: Toyota).
Consumer Reports has bashed the new Scion iQ, a small, some would say "mini" car introduced this year through the Toyota sales channel, a definite reversal for the Japanese automaker that has traditionally been a darling of the magazine.

The magazine's vehicle testers ranked the car comparably to the smart fortwo, one of the most consistently criticized vehicles on the market today, according to CR and most automotive enthusiast magazines and websites. Consumer Reports deemed the iQcar "amazingly small", reflecting both its most positive and negative qualities that earned it its place as the second-lowest scoring car in the magazine's review history.

Consumer Reports delivered a shocking evaluation calling the iQ "toy-like" and recommending a more "civilized" vehicle. Both sides of the car are taken up almost entirely by the doors, and trunk space has been substituted with a foldable rear seat. Also noted by the reviewers is the ill-placed headrests on the rear seats, which limit rear vision via the mirrors. A lack of modern sound deadening material prompted CR to describe its road test as "nervous, busy, and choppy."

Cars as small as the IQ set up expectations that they ill have astronomical fuel economy. But the IQ's combined 34 mpg disappoints in this category, as does the smart fortwo and Fiat 500. As with its two rivals, the best attribute of the iQ is the ease with which it slips into small parking spaces. That makes these mini cars more popular in congested cities of Europe than they are likely to ever be in the U.S.

Priced at over $16,000 dollars, CR concluded its pretty rough review by advising readers look elsewhere for more value, as well as quality. "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. Champion noted that Scion's own xD and the Honda Fit would be better choices.

Hatchbacks are incredibly handy vehicles, and often appeal to those who like the utility of an SUV or crossover, but want a cheaper sticker price and better fuel economy. Take a quick look at a gallery of five better choices for high-value and fun-to-drive hatchback cars.

View Gallery: The Top Five Smartest And Dumbest Hatchbacks



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      • 2 Years Ago
      Priced at over sixteen thousand dollars dollars? Another AOL puff piece...doesn't anybody proofread anymore?
      G2 Services, Ltd
      • 2 Years Ago
      I recently purchased a new Tacoma to replace my old Tacoma. The old Tacoma was made in Japan; the new one was made in Mexico. The quality difference was evident. I would rate my new Tacoma no better than a Chevy and certainly not as well built as the old one. Toyota is screwing the pooch and they will find out how difficult it is to regain consumer confidence.
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Toyota product so bad that even CR can't approve. Bad news for Toyota.
      foxylynx
      • 2 Years Ago
      I call this "mini" cars death traps - you don't have a prayer in hell against a truck or big SUV.
        jontrentj
        • 2 Years Ago
        @foxylynx
        bet ya go 180 at least right. how about getting hit by a light pickup or a small suv?
      dotty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably connected somehow to the white house. They hate toyota because it is made so well and outsells union made cars all the time.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you have dreamed about dating a millionaire, you may check MillionaireLoveLinks..it's where wealthy people meet singles who have similar tastes and lifestyles. It's worth a try! Anyone thinking seriously of a Prius C should watch the video and then take a test drive and take this video with a grain of salt. I personally loved the C2 when I drove it and don't necessarily agree with many of the reviewers findings. Maybe after owners have had a chance to break in their new cars there will be´╗┐ problems that surface but as of right now I plan on getting a C4 for my next vehicle sometime next year.
      • 2 Years Ago
      the thing's a tiny metal cigar box. In a collision it risks becoming an "exploded diagram." "Pass"
      darknight815
      • 2 Years Ago
      i guess they made this car as a joke. Lacking IQ would be buying it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      American car manufacturers are finally are doing there job, becoming more competitive and building better cars. For decades they stuck in stupid and build lousey cars and other companies built better cars..don't blame CR for that ..CR being truthful was a wake up call for American Car manufatures..maybe they should have worked harder and smarter. We built an electric car over a decade ago and crushed them all...stupid ..stupid..stupid
      Blank For reason
      • 2 Years Ago
      They may not like it, but that has never stopped the American public from doing what it wants. If we like it and I do, screw CR.. Its a neat little car, fun for city driving and beach going. I dont want a big car. And yes it could use some sound deadening and a redesigned seat. Remember GEO metor or feista from ford and on and on with small cars. Those cars looked and drove like crap. This one and some of the newer ones out look nice and run nice.
        jontrentj
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Blank For reason
        what a derp you are.
        R
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Blank For reason
        Yes the Geos and Festivas may have been a little unsightly, and may not have had the best ride, but they got 45-55MPG. Why on earth can we not have that MPG in a small car today?? We can they choose not to period!!
      emittlesta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford will soon have a 1,000 cc engine in the Fiesta and Focus that has 125 hp and gets 56 mpg. Wait for it !!!
      mrmrkw01
      • 2 Years Ago
      Consumer reports should stick to testing toaster ovens.Thats all they're good for.
        jontrentj
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mrmrkw01
        sure, support the company that RECALLED 15 MILLION CARS. Start running of the cliff ya LEMMING.
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