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2012 Scion iQ - Review


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In a not-so-distant past, if you wanted a greener, higher-mileage car, you simply looked for a smaller one. But today, with hybrids and clean diesels—of course, in addition to electric vehicles—that generalization doesn't always hold true.

That's the case with the 2012 Scion iQ. While it's one of smallest vehicles in the U.S., along with the Smart Fortwo, it's not nearly as fuel-efficient as Toyota's hybrids like the Prius—or even the new, larger Prius V—and at 36 mpg city, 37 highway, a number of larger compact sedans are more frugal on the open road.

But the 2012 iQ isn't about longer trips, and its city mileage is pretty astounding. Its forte is reducing your driving footprint (in several ways) while still getting around the city in style—even with a passenger or two. At just about 120 inches long yet about as tall and wide as a typical compact (and with oversize wheels), its profile borders on toylike. Yet inside, the iQ's so-called '3+1' seating...

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