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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 wh... 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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    Great things come in small packages. iQ wins Japanese Car of the Year
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    Any guesses on what car Japanese jurors might pick as their Car of the Year? Guess again; and again. That's right, the Nissan GT-R only managed to snag enough votes to garner a bronze finish in Japanese COTY voting. Wondering what epically amazing machinery bested the mighty Godzilla? That would be the miniscule Toyota iQ. Once again, it is clear just how ...

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    Scion iQ looking more and more likely in U.S.
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    The hints from a few weeks ago that Toyota would be bringing the tiny iQ to the U.S. with a Scion badge are looking more and more like the truth. AutoblogGreen reader Mark F. got an email from his local Scion dealer, Bill Kidd's in Maryland, that describes "The Future of Scion." The full update on the Scion brand reads as follows:Scion is recognized world ...

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    Rumormill: Toyota developing baby roadster based on iQ
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    Toyota worked up an entirely new platform for its new iQ minicar, which features a very unique 3+1 seating arrangement in an effort to outsmart its competitors. Such a development takes a good deal of resources and Toyota seems to be considering ways to defray that cost through additional models based on the same underpinnings. The latest vehicle ...

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    Toyota working on iQ Spider?
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    The rumormill continues to churn today with talk of a small roadster from Toyota based on iQ underpinnings. It is definitely true that the automaker spent a ton of money on the new platform and its extremely unique seating arrangement. There are a number of detail changes on the iQ meant to minimize size, including a new differential arrangement, flat ...

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    Toyota iQ prices start at 9,495, deliveries start in January
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    Coming to the UK in January, Toyota's fortwo challenger (should we call it the for3+1?) will be priced at £9,495 (1.0 VVT-i manual version) and going up from there. Options include £700 leather seats and £950 satellite navigation. The 1.0 VVT-i manual version gets about 55 mpg U.S. and will have road-tax-avoiding CO2 emissions of just 99 ...

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    LA Preview: Toyota iQ coming to U.S. as a Scion?
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    Toyota's entry-level and hip Scion brand needs a bit of a pick-me-up, as the marque's sales are down even in the face of high fuel prices here in the United States. Scion could end up getting that new product it so desperately needs in the form of Toyota's radical new iQ. According to Motor Trend, the new iQ will make its debut in production form as a ...

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    Toyota iQ could come Stateside wearing Scion badge
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    Rumors have been swirling over the past few months that Toyota was considering bringing its iQ mini-car to the States, and according to MotorTrend that's exactly what's going to happen at the LA Auto Show this November, where Toyota will unveil a U.S.-spec iQ wearing Scion badges.The iQ – originally destined for sale in Japan and Europe – ...

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    Toyota iQ platform will spawn new compact cars
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    Toyota developed an all-new architecture for its iQ city car, but in an effort to defray the costs the automaker will be using the platform to underpin three new models.The first will be the next-generation Yaris, due out in 2011, which will be packaged more efficiently to improve interior volume and be a more competent competitor to the Honda Fit. A new ...

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    Pics Aplenty: the production Toyota iQ
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    Click above for more high-res shots of the European Toyota iQBy naming its impending city car the iQ, Toyota makes no bones about who it's after. And with an extra set of seats fitted into its diminutive little runabout, the Japanese auto giant looks to one-up the smart fortwo with a vehicle that measures about the same size. Ahead of its European release, ...

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    Rumormill: Toyota working on hybrid iQ
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Toyota iQ.While we're clamoring for small, efficient transportation, Europe is already awash with micro cars, diesels, and hatchbacks. When Toyota designed and engineered the tiny iQ, it had to go smaller and greener than the competition, so the little four-seater is only about 1.5 feet longer than a Smart ...

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    Toyota to show its three new low-CO2 models for 2009 in Europe
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    Click for a complete picture gallery featuring the three modelsAt the upcoming Paris Motor Show, Toyota will introduce three new models to try and conquer European hearts: Toyota's third-generation flagship Avensis model, the production-ready iQ and the Urban Cruiser. Each of these model has at least somethinig that's slightlyt green that Toyota can ...

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    Toyota begins guerrilla Italian marketing campaign for upcoming iQ
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    click above for a high res gallery of the Toyota iQ In a move which sheds some light on just how important the Italian market is for small cars, Toyota has begun a new guerrilla marketing campaign for its upcoming iQ minicar. Using magnets stuck to the sides of parked cars along with leaflets hanging off the side-view mirrors, Toyota is highlighting just ...

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    Spy Shots: Toyota iQ prototype spotted in the wild
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    Toyota's entry in the growing micro-car segment, the iQ, has been caught testing on the road for the first time. The diminutive iQ was first shown as a concept at last fall's Frankfurt Motor Show and then in production form at Geneva this year. The iQ utilizes a 3+1 seating arrangement where the passenger side of the dash board does not extend back as far ...

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    Toyota to make a bigger iQ, no hybrid model
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    click the Toyota iQ for high res galleryWe got to see Toyota's iQ in production form at the last Geneva Motor Show, and so far, we like what we see. We're still waiting for specific details regarding what will power the "small yet premium " 3+1 and whether or not it'll make it over to the states. Already, though, we are hearing that there could be a larger ...

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    Toyota iQ could spawn larger variant
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Toyota iQ.The expense of developing an entirely new platform to underpin a single model is hardly cost efficient, so it comes as little surprise that Toyota is considering another model built off its recently released iQ microcar. The new vehicle would be larger than the two-door city car – possibly aimed to ...

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    Toyota considering Indian plant for small car production
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    Click above for more high-res images of the Toyota iQToyota has been working on an affordable small car that will be cost-competitive in emerging markets, and Autocar is reporting that India is being considered as a destination for production. India makes sense due to its low-cost labor, and with competitors like the Tata Nano going for as little as $2,500, ...

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    Geneva 2008: Production Toyota iQ unveiled, smart in sight
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Toyota iQ. In what was arguably the largest press conference here in Geneva, Toyota unveiled the production version of its ultra-compact city car, the iQ. Originally shown in concept form during last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the production iQ remains true to its conceptual forbearer, combining short overhangs ...

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    GM not going after VW, Toyota's minicars
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    General Motors' European arm has decided that it won't jump feet-first into the micro-car segment with Smart, and more recently Toyota and Volkswagen. Speaking with Automotive News Europe, GM's Euro-veep Carl-Peter Forster said that, "These specialized urban vehicles have a limited market." True enough, but it's a market that stands to go through a growth ...

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    Motorcycle-derived Yamaha engine to power Toyota's IQ
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    A version of Toyota's iQ concept, originally shown in Frankfurt, is rumored to begin production sometime next year and according to a couple of sources cited by Automotive News, power will come courtesy of Yamaha. The two Japanese firms are currently collaborating on a new 1.0-liter engine based on one of Yamaha's motorcycle powerplants, although output and ...

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    Test your green IQ by taking a quiz from "Jay Leno's Green Garage"
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    When it comes time to buy that new car, there is an ever-growing list of choices. Many new vehicles use alternative fuels or feature hybrid drivetrains if you're the type who likes to be sure you're making the greenest choice possible. Then again, you might not be able to pony up for that brand-new car just yet. Or, maybe you're waiting for the next ...

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