Scion iQ (2012 – 2015)

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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.

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Scion iQ

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.)

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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

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