2012 Scion iQ Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Scion iQ - Road Test Specs

2012 Scion iQ Hatchback

(1.3L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)


Model year2012
Style2dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$15,995
Options on test vehicleFactory options: Blizzard Pearl Exterior Paint ($220); Rear Speaker Package ($100); Storage Package ($20); Scion accessories: Navigation System ($1,999); 16-Inch Alloy Wheels ($749); XM Radio With Traffic Data ($599); Foglights ($340); Rear Spoiler ($285); Lower Door Moldings ($129); Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob ($99); Front-Seat Floor Mats ($82); Cargo Net ($65); Cargo Mat ($61), Rear-Seat Floor Mats ($57).
As-tested MSRP$20,800


Drive typeFront-wheel
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,329/81
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.5
Redline (rpm)6,100
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)94 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)89 @ 4,400
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typePulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)2.39 - 0.43; Final Drive = 5.40


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, integrated stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)13.2
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelAssurance
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front175/60R16 82H
Tire size, rear175/60R16 82H
Wheel size16-by-5 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front10-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear7.1-inch drum

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)4.2
0-45 mph (sec.)6.8
0-60 mph (sec.)10.4
0-75 mph (sec.)16.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.8 @ 78.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)10.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.3
@ Full throttle (dB)75.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDramatic difference between "D" and "B" shift modes on drag strip. In B, revs climbed to 6,000 much sooner than in D. That said, it is loud and shrieky in B at wide-open throttle, and I'll just say it, slow. Why does this CVT insert faux gearchanges when it's not at WOT, but does not do so at WOT?
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsMedium-firm pedal action and good fade resistance. Little dive or wander.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSlalom: With ESC off, the iQ is a momentum car, meaning as fast as I can throw it in, it scrubs speed by the end so that even going to WOT does little to improve its exit speed... so you learn to conserve momentum. Turn-in is very quick, transitions are quick, steering is quick, and it doesn't feel threatening in any way (e.g., tippy or top-heavy). Really fun. Skid pad: Just like in the slalom, the iQ is playful and capable with its willingness to rotate off-throttle without feeling twitchy. With ESC on, it would merely close the throttle a little sooner than I did with it off. Still fun even with ESC on.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)100.9
Relative humidity (%)19.9
Wind (mph, direction)5.7, headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)36 city/37 highway/37 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)32.6 (average over 712 miles); 35.4 (best), 31.3 (worst)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)8.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,127
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,145
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61.2/38.8
Length (in.)120.1
Width (in.)66.1
Height (in.)59.1
Wheelbase (in.)78.7
Track, front (in.)58.1
Track, rear (in.)57.5
Turning circle (ft.)25.8
Legroom, front (in.)40.9
Legroom, rear (in.)28.6
Headroom, front (in.)37.7
Headroom, rear (in.)35.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)50.2
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)3.5
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)16.7


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance2 years/25,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance2 years/25,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Knee airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsElectroic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard

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