Does it really make sense to own a micro-subcompact car in America?
Lacks highway passing power
micro-sized, mini-powered, but can't get over 40 mpg
Ruling: The Scion iQ is advantageous on congested city streets, but beyond that it loses its appeal really quickly.
The 2012 Scion iQ is a micro-subcompact car putting big ideas into a small, intelligent and functional package. With only an overall length of 120.1-inches and width of 66.1-inches, the iQ is deftly maneuver through city traffic.
Engineering innovations like a compact air-conditioning unit, inverted front-mounted differential, and electronic power-steering system with compact steering column, all amount to significant decreases in front-end length. In addition, the iQ is equipped with a flat gas tank housed beneath the floor that reduces rear overhang.
The iQ’s functional “3+1” seating equates to the world’s smallest four-passenger vehicle. With the driver’s and front-passenger’s seats being slightly off set, this innovative seating arrangement allows for one adult behind the front passenger and a child, or small package behind the driver. Extra-slim front seat backs are utilized to provide rear passengers with ample legroom. The rear seats are extremely versatile, featuring a 50/50 split and the ability to fold flat, creating enough storage to accommodate up to two golf bags.
The 2012 iQ is big on safety with 10 airbags (including the world's first rear-window curtain airbag) and active safety features that include vehicle stability control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, and traction control.
The 2011 iQ is equipped with a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces over 90 horsepower and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The iQ will be rated as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II) and is expected to achieve a combined fuel economy in the upper 30's.