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The 2012 Scion iQ is well-stocked with the convenience and connectivity features busy commuters like—but its somewhat higher sticker price represents that.
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If you're packing navigation software on your phone, opt for the Premium pack, pick up a phone mount for the dash and know you've made the better deal

the interior was a welcome contrast to the assault of technical features we sometimes find in new vehicles vying to set a trend in a particular segment

a ton of cash when you consider the plethora of larger and more practical cars available for less money
Car and Driver

plenty of accessories in the pipeline, including trick wheels
Edmunds' Inside Line

only works with Pandora on the iPhone, which has to be plugged into the car's USB port

The 2012 Scion iQ is being sold as a premium mini—meaning that (starting at $15,955) it's not nearly as cheap as some of the entry-level economy cars, but it doesn't have any of that econobox feel—either in appointments or features.

Air conditioning, power accessories, a trip meter, and a rear defogger are included on all iQs. And the power windows have a one-touch auto-up/auto-down feature, which a number of inexpensive vehicles don't include.

Even more impressive is the suite of audio and connectivity features that are included across the model line. Entertainment is provided by three all-new Pioneer-sourced audio systems. Both—like all new Scions—come with Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming plus HD Radio, and the base system even includes USB and aux-in connectivity, a multi-format CD player, two RCA inputs, and 160 watts. A premium system that's optional brings Pandora internet radio compatibility (when a smartphone is paired), iTunes tagging, six RCA inputs, album art, and 200 watts. And at the top is a nav system, integrated into the audio head unit and upgrading to a seven-inch screen, DVD player, and iPod video input. An aftermarket-accessory backup camera is fully compatible.

As with the rest of the Scion models, the iQ can be equipped with a number of port- and dealer-installed accessories, including TRD lowering springs, a TRD sway bar, upgraded 16-inch alloys, and various trim and appearance upgrades.


The 2012 Scion iQ is well-stocked with the convenience and connectivity features busy commuters like—but its somewhat higher sticker price represents that.

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