Good things are supposed to come in small packages, and the IQ is definitely about as small as they come in the US auto market. So is it a good car wrapped in a very small package? Let’s find out!
In terms of its looks, I think it is really hard not to define it as cute. It almost looks like a cartoon car to me, and I think that’s a good thing. Ever since I saw it, I’ve wanted to test it.
For such a small car the interior is surprisingly roomy. The seats are well contoured and you’ve also got a bit of storage. There are also three cup holders. The transmission has a sport setting and a downhill braking setting as well. It’s a straightforward design for the interior. Cruise control is the only thing that’s really missing.
It does have two useable back seats, but they are best left for storage. There’s a small trunk area with an optional cargo net, but the best way to store things is to fold the rear seats down.
The IQ is powered by a 1.3 liter DOHC 4 cylinder mated to a continuously variable transmission. It produces 94 horsepower and 89 lb. ft. of torque. That’s good enough for a 0-60 time of 11.7 seconds.
Fuel economy is rated at 37 mpg on the highway and 36 mpg in the city. You can expect to average 37 mpg overall.
Pricing for the IQ starts at $15,265. My test car came equipped with the $479 Pioneer Premium HD Ipod Ready CD Deck, the $449 XM Satellite Radio, the $100 Rear Seat Package, the $20 Storage Package, the $90 Carpeted Floor Mats, and the $65 Cargo Net. With destination you are out the dealer door at $17,198.
An amazing thing about the IQ is that it gets 4 stars for safety for the driver in every category. Passenger protection gets 3 stars for a frontal crash and the rear seat gets 3 stars for a side impact crash. That’s impressive for such a small car!
In actual real world driving the IQ feels quicker than it’s 11.7 0-60 time indicates. It feels hyper-sensitive in fact. The steering is very sensitive and because of the short wheel base, you can actually get lose traction pretty easily while turning. To me this was actually fun, and the traction control kicks in to keep it from getting ugly. Some drivers who are not used to handling a car on the edge might find it a bit unstable and twitchy, but it actually feels pretty entertaining to me!
So all in all I definitely think that when it comes to the Scion IQ, good things definitely do come in small packages. The IQ is a cute little car that makes a great city car, and probably a great first or even 2nd car for many people. I’m Drivin’ Ivan Katz
Scion IQ Video Review by Drivin’ Ivan Katz