A great choice for urban driving, the Toyota Scion iQ wins points for nimble parking skills and great fuel economy in the city at 36 mpg city mileage. The ultra-small size at 120.1" from bumper to bumper places the iQ between two other micro-subcompacts—the Smart ForTwo (106.1") and the Mini Cooper (146.8"). The car's small size is a plus in many ways, but it also limits other features. The car's 4-cylinder engine lacks acceleration muscle and the car only has room for 3 people to fit "comfortably." The Scion iQ stands tall as a safe small car for city driving with 11 airbags including one that covers the rear glass to protect the passengers in the back. On the highway with SUVs and trucks screaming by the Scion, I'm not convinced this small car is the smoothest ride or the safest.
Kiplinger just ranked the Scion iQ as one of the ten cheapest cars to own:
- 5-Year fuel cost: $7,553 (automatic)
- 5-Year insurance cost: $5,461
- Total 5-Year ownership cost: $29,594
- Financing 5-year loan at 4.04%, based on a market price of $15,995 and a 15% down payment: $1,376; Depreciation: $10,574;
- Fees & taxes: $1,233;
- Opportunity cost of down payment and other out-of-pocket costs: $339; Maintenance: $1,636; Repairs: $1,422
The Scion iQ MSRP starts at $15,265. More details in my iQ review in the graphic above. Although I haven't driven the car, the Scion iQ wins my vote for city driving. You can find more 2012 Scion iQ stats via Toyota.com, Cars.com, and Edmunds.com.
Graphic above by me, Chris Olson.