2012 Scion iQ goes on sale in U.S. in October at $15,995


If you are seriously thinking about saving gas and have a stylish car while at it, you should consider the new 2012 Scion iQ. Toyota is gearing up for the launching of the 2012 Scion iQ. The initial batch of the Scion iQ will begin arriving at dealerships in October for the west coast region, and the rest of the country by the first quarter of 2012.

If you have been followed the Scion news, the 2012 Scion iQ is simply a rebadged Toyota iQ that is currently available in the U.K. Toyota plans to sell this car at $15,995 for an entry level model (not including destination charge), which is comparable to the Fiat 500’s initial offering.

The 2012 Scion iQ is about 120 inches long, which about 30 inches shorter than the Toyota Yaris. It has a width of 66 inches and 79-inch wheelbase. So, you can imagine how small is the Scion iQ mini. Even though the 2012 Scion iQ is small, it features an odd 3+1 seating arrangement, which can accommodate one full size adult up front and an average-size adult in the back along with one child behind driver’s seat.

The 2012 Scion iQ is powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine producing about 94 horsepower and 89 lb-ft of torque, and it mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Toyota estimated fuel economy of the 2012 Scion iQ is around 30 miles per gallon.

Due to the small size of the 2012 Scion iQ, Toyota made sure that it has enough safety equipment to handle a crash. It has packed the iQ with a total of 11 standard airbags including the world’s first rear window airbag. If you could name an airbag anywhere in the car, the Scion iQ has it.

Besides a slew of airbags for safety, the 2012 Scion also features other safety technologies as standard, and these are: antilock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Smart Stop Technology brake-override.

Of course, there is another option for the 2012 Scion iQ EV all-electric car. You don’t have to worry about gas prices yo yolling up and down, but it will cost you big bucks at the beginning. Also, the 2012 Scion iQ EV all-electric car is rated at 50 miles on a single charge. But as we all know, real world tests of electrical cars have shown that auto manufacturers’ driving range ratings usually about 25 percent less.