2012 Scion iQ
Scion is back in the news with yet another attempt to lead the trendy car parade with the 2012 iQ micro car. Based on the Toyota iQ that’s been sold in Japan and Europe since 2008, this diminutive city car is aimed at one upping the Smart Fortwo. Make that, two-upping with the iQ’s clever 3+1 seating.
With a dash that falls away from left to right, the front passenger seat can move slightly forward of the driver’s seat. This leaves room for a third adult in the right rear seat, with space for a child behind the driver. That’s 3+1. And, all in a car that is only 16 inches longer than a Smart Fortwo.
The iQ, for “intelligent quality” is also well equipped with HD radio, it’s Bluetooth ready, USB and Aux input, and a four speaker sound system. In addition, the Scion iQ comes with 11 standard airbags and a segment, as well as world first rear window airbag.
The IQ is powered by a 1.3 liter 94-horsepower four-cylinder engine with a CVT transmission. Fuel economy ratings are 36 City and 37 Highway. The compact powertrain allows room for deeper wheel wells for a turning diameter of less than 26 feet. Now that’s tight.
"The iQ is a mighty tiny car, but it never feels like that inside. Even as big and clumsy as I am, I never felt crowded or cramped, even with somebody in the passenger seat. And the suspension, I was blasting through cobble stone and over subway tracks, railroad tracks, you name it, and the thing kept its composure the whole time, and it stays planted on the highway as well." - Ben Davis
Scion is hoping Generation Y will be enthralled with the iQ when it goes on sale this fall for under $16,000.
Engine: 1.3 liter four-cylinder
EPA: 36 city/37 highway
Price: Under $16,000