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2012 Scion iQ vs. Its Competition

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The most direct rival to the 2012 Scion iQ is the 2012 Smart Fortwo.

While these two models have similar exterior dimensions, there's a lot of difference: The Smart has is rear-wheel drive, rear-engined, while the iQ is front-engine, front-wheel drive; the Fortwo's a two-seater, while the iQ can hold up to four.

And the iQ has a four-cylinder engine while the Fortwo has a three-banger.

If you're willing to spend a little more money—just $2,000 to $3,000 more than an iQ with an accessory or two, you could get a base-model Fiat 500 or Mini Cooper.

Both provide a lot more driving personality and feel (and look) more like 'real' cars.

And, on the other hand, take a look across the lot at the Toyota Yaris.

It's been redesigned for 2012, and while it's not all that much roomier from the inside, the Yaris is a better car on the highway.

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The appeal of the 2012 Scion iQ minicar is limited; but for parking-challenged urban dwellers, it's charming.
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The 2012 Toyota Yaris is fuel-efficient in the city without hybrid hardware, and it has an nicely appointed interior that feels cheerful but not cheapskate; but its weak performance and highway refinement aren't up to current class standards.
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In all of its guises the 2012 MINI Cooper is fun-to-drive, uniquely styled, and with three standard levels of performance, there's an option for everyone.
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Still stylish and quirky, the 2012 Smart Fortwo can be a fun and useful car for tight urban spaces where its size and maneuverability is an asset; but for even occasional highway driving, nearly any other small car would be a better pick.
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Gas Mileage   
36 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy34 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I3
EPA Class   
Mini CompactSubcompactMinicompactMinicompact
Style Name   
3-Door HB (SE)3-Door Liftback Manual L (Natl)2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Pure
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
3 Door Hatchback3 Door HatchbackCoupe2 Door Coupe
Continuously Variable RatioManualManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
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