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By Jack Baruth on December 13,

The Scion (nee Toyota) IQ may be a small car, but we ve treated it big news here. Alex took an an early look a few ago. Michael Karesh his lens on the IQ in a Take Two.

So we ve been cautiously optimistic.

Why it again? Simple. The IQ is arguably the spiritual successor to the original a packaging miracle which define the way a large segment of drives in the future.

In a market of retro pastiche and style-over-substance, the IQ is rarest of things: a truly new packed throughout its ten-foot with original thinking.

In test, we ll swerve around a race an old woman in a Bentley consider who the buyers for this will actually be, and introduce the IQ to the car could wind up being its Snuggle up to the asymmetric dashboard and let s go.

s a crowd.

The Scion FR-S, also as Toyota 86 whatever , may be the car which is firing the imaginations of Japanese-car everywhere, but it s the IQ which is actually the exciting vehicle to come out of the nation in well, forever. it s the most original and important we ve seen since the original Everyone wants to compare the car to the (and surely IQ was a direct riposte to the Daimler mobile but unless you really need to sideways on the street, there isn t of a comparison to be made.

The IQ whips it six to Sunday.

Let s talk capability. It s sells the SUV, right? that perceived capability.

Grand Cherokees will leave the pavement, but their capability to do so is reassuring. Well, s the two-seat compact car for the perceived-capability It s a perfectly comfortable, normal way for a of adults to travel, but in a pinch you can get two people in there.

Who will those extra two be? Toyota would have you that they will be the trendsetter party friends of the trendsetter buyers, but let s be honest: two extra people will be . Never has a car been so ideally for the gated communities of the South. to the NEVs and golf carts wander aimlessly from hole to captive grocery and restaurant, the IQ is thoroughly superior, it offers full weatherproofing, resale value, long and the ability to change one s mind and off Hilton Head Island all the way to should it prove necessary.

and Granddad will appreciate the s low price, big friendly interior relative lack of confusing and 37mpg city rating. IQ is estimated to hit 38/37, by the way: its profile is likely to cripple its mileage.) If they do get on the open they will be surprised at how the Scion handles the task. it is a tiny bit sensitive to crosswinds and waves, never before in has a ten-foot-long vehicle been stable at speed. Your author ran the IQ up to about eighty-five per hour and did a few lane changes incident.

It s not a Caterham Seven, but it s no worse to than a Corolla.

What the old won t appreciate: the rather dopey Expect to see the occasional IQ lightly into the bumper of the car ahead of it in because the CVT s absolutely unpredictable while slowing down there s a different amount of pressure required every My co-driver nearly bopped a ahead of us while coming off the and I found myself regularly my planned stopping points by a or more.

It isn t the brakes. It s the transmission.

The payoff for a CVT is efficient operation and transfer, but this ninety-four 2150-pound vehicle doesn t with much vigor. As we around Palm Beach, I saw a older woman in a twenty-year-old Turbo R and decided to go have a look. Unfortunately, the IQ couldn t her while driving up the drawbridge Palm Beach from Palm Beach and she didn t know we were behind

We just weren t making any progress. This can be a thrashy, powertrain at times.

It was while through the side streets of Palm Beach that we across the IQ s biggest problem in the American market. Observe pictures:

That old Yaris is worth six or seven grand, and it nearly everything the IQ does that last twenty of packaging efficiency. The young whom Scion is ostensibly are unlikely to see why they should pay just to park in a shorter One exception: San Francisico apparently has a of 122-inch parking spaces on the streets which are currently the province of motorcyclists, and those be IQ-compatible. Another exception: homes have golf-cart which can take an IQ.

Oops, we re about old people again.

notes: The air conditioning does not not even in weather that was mild by Floridian standards. The packaging is likely to translate to challenging servicing: the hood/bonnet is of a mail slot than a opening. While it is possible to put two adults on the passenger side of the IQ, is a bit of psychological discomfort involved for the in front due to windshield proximity.

The Scion IQ will be sold in a specification, at a single price: All options will be added by repugnant local Toyota or, in certain regions, by the distributor. As consumer advocate, I feel to remind you that there is no law on or national books which your Scion dealer negotiating on price. Quite the in fact. The Pure Price is simple gingerbread.

Not that will be a lot of margin in the IQ for the dealer. The will be in the available wheels, options, lowering springs lower your IQ joke and interior LED lighting add-ins.


small-Toyota intenders will the IQ and go directly to the XD, or, failing that, the If they do so, they are missing a into the future. The packaging found in the IQ may not seem terribly today, but fast-foward to the post-Peak-Oil, turbodiesel future, and they be absolutely critical. This be the only kind of four-seater people will be able to in the future.

So if you want a look at the proverbial today, it will be as close as IQ dealer or as far away as Grandma s

Four s a crowd.

No, the bag doesn t fit with the hatch closed.

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