2012 Scion iQ Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds

2012 Scion iQ - Road Test Specs

2012 Scion iQ Hatchback

(1.3L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)


Year Make Model2012 Scion iQ 2dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl CVT)
Vehicle TypeFWD 2dr 4-passenger 2dr Hatchback
Base MSRP$15,995
Options on test vehicleBlizzard Pearl Exterior Paint ($220); Rear Speaker Package ($100); Storage Package ($20); 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
Assembly locationToyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan


ConfigurationTransverse, front engine, front-wheel drive
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, indicated (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 ratios (x:1)2.39 -- 0.43
Final-drive ratio (x:1)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 make and modelGoodyear Assurance
Tire typeAll-season
Tire sizeP175/60R16 82H
Wheel size16-by-5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front10-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding calipers
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
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.4
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)11.6
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)18.1
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)18.4 @ 75.8
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)11.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.4
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON59.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.80
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.3
@ Full throttle (dB)75.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.9
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)3,500

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 wide-open throttle but does not do so at WOT?
Braking commentsMedium-firm pedal and good fade resistance. Little, if any, dive or wander.
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 wide-open throttle 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 as 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

Test date9/7/2011
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)100.9
Relative humidity (%)19.9
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)5.7, headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,474
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33 psi/32 psi

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
Driving range (mi.)314.5

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo description160-watt Pioneer AM/FM/CD head stereo with four speakers and RCA output jacks (upgraded to 200 watts with accessory premium head unit or accessory navigation system)
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack, auxiliary input
Satellite radioOptional XM
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard, includes audio streaming capability
Navigation systemOptional hard drive-based with traffic (via separate XM subscription), 7-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not Available
Smart entry/StartNot Available
Parking aidsNot Available

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
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)16.7
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)3.5
GVWR (lbs.)2,810
Ground clearance (in.)5.3


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

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