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In Pictures: 2012 Scion iQ a teeny tiny toy of a car

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2012 Scion iQ, a micro-subcompact, has a turning circle of 3.9 metres - smaller than a Fiat 500 or a Smart fortwo.

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At just 3,045 mm in length, it is dwarfed by a full-size Toyota Tundra truck (5,820 mm) and even a Mazda3 compact car (4,505).

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2012 Scion iQ has a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) delivers 94 peak horsepower.

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In other words, you'll be traveling at 100 km/h after some 12-plus seconds with your foot hard on the accelerator.

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On a positive note, fuel economy, at a combined 5.1 litres/100 km – regular gas, of course, is tremendous.

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The Scion iQ has a compact air conditioning unit, electronic power steering system and acoustic glass.

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Extra-slim front seatbacks save every possible inch of space for passengers.

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Scion's "innovative 3+1 seating" is best suited for very small people in the rear seats.

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The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the iQ a “Good” rating for front and side impact tests, as well as the roof crush standard.

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Alas, the iQ fell short in the rear impact test, which means this Scion is not a Top Safety Pick like the 500 and the Yaris.

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Consumer Reports has given the stubby iQ one of lowest scores ever given to any car, claiming that the ride is choppy, the cabin is noisy despite the acoustic glass, and the driving position is uncomfortable.

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2012 Scion iQ starts at $16,760.

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If you're shopping for a small car, also consider the Fiat 500, Chevrolet Spark, and the Smart fortwo.

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