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2013 Toyota Scion IQ EV Review: Only For Urban Hipsters?

Car makers continue to seek out products that consumers want. With the surge toward more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly models, hybrid and electric vehicles are becoming more plentiful. Recently, Toyota announced it would release an electric version of its Scion IQ, though its availability may be somewhat limited initially.

This vehicle from the Japanese automaker caters toward those who want reliable transportation, especially in an urban setting, while emitting much less harmful greenhouse gases from the exhaust.

2013 Toyota Scion Price

Initially the car will be made available to universities and ride-sharing programs, so the price has not yet been released. The 2013 Scion TC series has a MSRP of $22,865.

Fuel economy –

The 2013 Toyota Scion IQ EV gets the equivalent of a combined 121 miles per gallon, with city driving being 138 miles per gallon equivalent and 105 miles per gallon on the highway.

The annual fuel cost is estimated to be $500. Compared to the average 2013 vehicle, the Scion IQ EV would save a driver about $9,000 in fuel costs over a five-year period.

The 2013 Toyota Scion IQ EV Specs

The vehicle will drive about 50 miles on a single charge of its 12 kilowatt high-output lithium battery. It can be recharged within three hours using a 240 volt outlet. It also has the option to be recharged using a regenerative braking system.

Driving modes –

There are three driving modes that can be chosen depending on the type of performance or energy conservation the driver prefers. The vehicle’s 63 horsepower has a top speed of 78 miles per hour. It goes from 0-60 in 13.4 seconds in its best performance setting.

Another driving mode decreases this performance while increasing efficiency, while another allows the battery to recharge during regenerative braking.

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Toyota Scion Safety –

Just like its gasoline model, the electric version has 11 airbags and a number of other safety systems. To offset the quietness at which it runs, the Scion IQ EV features a vehicle proximity notification system that alerts pedestrians of its approach.

Data, such as charge, energy flow and power consumption, is displayed to the driver via a seven-inch LCD screen. A navigational section provides a map and shows the range at which the car can be driven under current conditions. The color scheme is black and white and includes metallic and ice-blue accents.

Passenger capacity is 73 square feet, with luggage space totaling 4 square feet.

While hybrids seem to be a popular choice among automakers, Toyota has shown that it believes electric cars can still have an important place in a green car strategy by choosing to make an electric version of its Scion IQ. The EV version is nearly perfect for urban driving since that usually entails shorter driving distances. Compared to the average 2013 vehicle, the Scion IQ EV will save a driver thousands of dollars in fuel costs over several years.

It has a relative quick recharge time of three hours, or its lithium battery can also be recharged while driving through its regenerative braking system.

All in all, this is a solid pick for the urban driver. A solid 3 1/2 stars.

Melanie Lewis writes for a website that has advice on financing for electric automobiles .

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