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2012 Scion iQ

Smarter "Not so 'Smart' after all?" The older gentleman in the grocery store parking lot asked as I wheeled my loaded cart to the back of the 2012 Scion iQ. On the contrary, sir. After he finished chuckling and drove away, I successfully loaded $150 worth of groceries into the iQ's cargo area, including a pallet of 24 water bottles. And upon returning to my loft, I effortlessly backed the little Scion underneath the awning that covers the entrance to my building, keeping myself out of the rain while unloading my goods. Seems pretty smart to me. But that's not the only reason... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.3L I4
Power:
95 HP / 89 LB-FT
Transmission:
CVT
MSRP:
$18,427 as tested
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    Report: Aston CEO claims Cygnet cancelled because Toyota is dropping iQ in 2014
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    Followup: Fewer than 150 Cygnet superminis sold before Aston clipped its wings
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    Report: Aston Martin Cygnet bumbles its way out of production
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    Toyota showing off pop art special edition iQ in Portugal
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    Recalls: Toyota recalling 11,200 Scion iQ models over faulty passenger sensors
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    Rumormill: Aston Martin Cygnet with V12 power possible?
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    Report: Toyota kills plans for widespread iQ EV sales after misreading demand and battery tech
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    Report: Scion iQ fails dearly to impress Consumer Reports
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    Review: 2012 Scion iQ
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