Most people aren’t aware that Toyota-Scion had been selling a mini-car since Sept. 2011. How does it differ from the SmartCar? The iQ’s wheelbase is 78.7 inches. The SmartCar is 73.5. iQ’s engine size is 1.3 L, 4 cyl., Smart – 3 cyl. 1.0 L. iQ horsepower – 94, torque 89. Smart hp – 90, 99 torque. (Roughly the same, but the iQ feels like your driving a normal car.)
The iQ is a three door hatchback. Storage space is nearly non-existent, unless you lay the back seats forward and down. There’s no glove compartment.
Why do I recommend it? The iQ excels. The electric-powered steering is as good as any car I’ve driven. The large windows give you amazing viewing space. Transmission is a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission.) It shifts much better than the lurching SmartCar. Also, has a sport mode. There’s very little torque, but that’s not what this car is about.
iQ has a distinctive wedge shape – much better looking than the “Smart”. Interior is functional, similar to the Toyota Yaris. Estimated fuel economy is 36/37 mpg.
Why did it fail? The iQ didn’t have meet its quota and was dissolved from North America in January 2015. Here are some rare 2016 prototypes (Japan only.)
The iQ’s price depends on the upgrades, new $15,995 – $18,605. All in all, this was a missed opportunity by the public who didn’t give the iQ a fair chance. Sorry to see it go.
Text Copyright 2015 – EricReports