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Test drive: 2012 iQ

Toyota considers its Scion an incubator for new ideas. It’s a for the company to toe into new segments the mother ship wouldn’t with a 10-foot pole, let a 10-foot car.

The Scion iQ is that: An otherworldly city car an edgy design that it the appearance of a probe recently from Saturn, if not Uranus.

not the first of its kind to explore shores in recent years, dubious honor goes to the smaller Smart Fortwo. But as the U.S. was second into the beyond, Scion has its thrusters on and is hoping to do both better and than the competition from

To the latter point, the iQ is a four-seat Well, Scion likes to say because the spot behind the is little more than l’oeil, but two six-footers can fit in tandem on the side. (Note: I didn’t say If you ever wondered what the family car is, question answered.

everyone is a claimed 3.5 cubic of cargo space, much of must exist in another You’d have a hard fitting the owner’s manual there, which you’ll to find room for because is no standard glove compartment. down the rear seats, and you end up with a two-seater that has luggage room than a Camry.

Front seat are well taken care of and the enormous doors offer entry and an unexpectedly satisfying when you close them. Feel free to fill one or all of the the cup and bottle holders scattered

Like the geometric exterior, the is done up in a sci-fi motif, with lots of glossy plastic, a triangle-topped center and a deeply-sculpted steering wheel controls for the standard HD radio, sits in a pod on top of the dash. It’s to imagine that the Scion didn’t have a lot ton fun working on little guy.


Hidden on are 11 airbags — including one covers the rear window which help it achieve an good four-star crash rating. I still wouldn’t to find myself in the middle of a sandwich behind the wheel of an iQ, but stars, that’s good,

Under the hood – look it’s there — the iQ has a 4-cylinder engine with 94 hp and a CVT transmission driving the front It’s not the slowest car in America, and leave it at that.

Actually, town it’s zippy and, if you don’t mind a car that sounds like a tool, entirely adequate. The time it truly disappoints is you try to merge onto a highway and out of town, at which point its effort comes across as the iQ to remind you that it doesn’t to leave the nest.

“Hello, what part of car’ don’t you understand?”

mostly to the short wheelbase, the iQ is a darty at high speeds, but comes on the mean streets you can make U-turns so tight you’ll call them The suspension is equally capable it comes to absorbing the bumps and of chewed up tarmac, but wallowy to keep you clear of the local circuit. (As is the case with Scion model, a set of lowering and a rear sway bar are offered as options.)

Nevertheless, the iQ delivers 37 mpg which is best of the non-hybrids and one you might consider spending to buy it, even in the face of many that offer a lot more car for a lot money. The other is the iQ’s d’etre: parking.

What can you say? A so-called is two-feet longer than the and the only car you’ll have to about stealing spots under you is the Fortwo, once you get the of it. Coming to terms with how the iQ is takes some time, but be amazed at where you can squeeze it after your brain has properly recalibrated.

Ultimately, the iQ is as of a niche player as an electric car or 600 hp just for a very different and smaller niche. It’s rolling real estate for where space is as a premium, New York City or Tokyo, but a in a strange land anywhere

Including a Toyota dealership.

Scion iQ

Base Price:

As Tested: $18,347

Type: 4-seat, 3-door hatchback

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