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.
|2012 Scion iQ||2012 Toyota Yaris||2012 MINI Cooper||2012 Smart fortwo|
|$15,265Browse Used Listings||$14,115Browse Used Listings||$19,500Browse Used Listings||$12,490Browse Used Listings|
|36 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||30 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||34 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I3|
|3-Door HB (SE)||3-Door Liftback Manual L (SE)||2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe Pure|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|3 Door Hatchback||3 Door Hatchback||Coupe||2 Door Coupe|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual||Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift|