2013 Scion iQ behaves like a larger car Houston Chronicle

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2013 Scion iQ behaves a larger car

Driving Scion’s iQ microsubcompact for a week, the most revelation is that life in the smallest four-seater — for the part — seems

While the diminutive three-door handles daily driving — including highway — well, and provides a level of comfort, its long are filling urban-driving needs, efficiency and a low price tag.

iQ, base priced at $15,385 $755 destination fee, is a car with a single model but a long list of options are for the manufacturer’s targeted urban-driver to upgrade and personalize their

Measuring about 120 inches — approximately 14 inches than a smart fortwo, inches shorter than a 500 and 26.5 inches shorter a Mini Cooper Hatchback it has the feel of a larger car.

The iQ is short in length, but its width is to a subcompact. Its 66.1-inch width is to that of a Toyota Yaris measuring 66.5 inches, or a Versa at 66.7 inches. its optional $285 body-color roof spoiler, the test-car the illusion of being a bit longer.

The width, plus a signature 3 + 1 driver/front-passenger seating arrangement, the micro car to seat four The configuration, which Scion as a perfect imbalance, has the front-passenger positioned slightly ahead of the seat. Designers created arrangement so an adult could sit the front passenger and space is for a child or small package the driver.

Extra space for was created by pushing A-pillars and using compact CVT transmission, and air-conditioning units.

Sitting in the firm driver seat, the impression you’re behind the of a larger — maybe — car. Headroom and up front fit the needs of most Room behind the driver in the two-place 50/50-split rear is limited.

Slipping a fat briefcase onto the floorboard requires moving the seat forward just to make my near-6-foot frame cramped.

Interestingly, rear-seat benefit from an industry-first airbag. Rear headrests can be and stored in the narrow storage behind the rear seat to rearward visibility. Folding seatbacks boosts cargo from 3.5 cubic feet seatbacks up to a usable 16.7 feet.

Interior design is an techno-environmental look with seats unusually upholstered solid-colored seatbacks and patterned cushions. SCION is stamped in letters across door which feature futuristically gloss-black door-pull handles.

The dashboard is creatively designed. Its top is the gauge cluster is in a small, housing covered by a trim brow, and the center stack is and contemporary. Beverages rest in a cupholder on the center console or in a built into each panel.

The center stack’s top portion is for the air vents and optional LCD touch-screen which, depending on the package, 5.8 inches or 7 inches.

The 5.8-inch partners with an optional 200-watt Pioneer Premium system featuring iTunes Pandora Internet radio through an iPhone, as well as six RCA to add external amplifiers.

Upgrading to the Scion Navigation System GPS includes a 7-inch touch-screen 200-watt premium audio and DVD player.

Standard is an AM/FM 160-watt, four-speaker Pioneer system, as well as Bluetooth iPod/USB connectivity, Advanced Receiver and subwoofer RCA output.

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Of course, iQ buyers tap into power of a different sort the 1.3-liter, four-cylinder propelling the The four-banger, which produces 94 and 89 lb.-ft. of torque, benefits the latest version of dual that boosts efficiency to the engine sip fuel while a broader power band.

The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 36 miles per gallon city, 37 mpg and 37 mpg combined. Scion recommends its 8.5 tank be filled with fuel.

This powertrain sufficient muscle for the iQ to behave a real car. It’s in city driving, and has the power to cruise on the highway.

With 16-inch wheels rolling on a wheelbase, the iQ feels stable and and adds convenience when parking or slipping into parking slots. Using power steering, the iQ has an excellent turning circle radius. quality generally is good, but pavement irregularities can create

It’s also sensitive to crosswinds.

Importantly, the iQ has a high factor. Parked side-by-side, the between it and a smart fortwo are but, until more iQs hit the some will get the two confused. sculpted the body with a appearance, giving it a strong with powerful-looking fascia and headlamps, as well as aggressive fenders and a large, steeply windshield.

Adding the optional spoiler and $749 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels help up profile charisma.


Its body can be with a choice of seven colors: Blizzard Pearl, Silver Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Black Sand Hot Lava, Pacific Blue (the test car’s and Black Currant Metallic.

The iQ is a creation, with a funky design, solid audio adequate power and clever 3 + 1 Scion is hoping its new microsubcompact has the stuff to transport its buyers a new world of urbanism.

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