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Scion IQ excels in urban settings » CNHI News Service Originals » The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Scion IQ excels in urban settingsBy Len IngrassiaCNHI News Service
CLINTON — The verdict is in and it is good news for Toyota’s newest unveiling, a sub-compact, that offers fun driving on four wheels while saving huge on fuel cost.
Trust me on this one. Women love its cute stance and size. Kids and their dads stare at its stylish figure. Don’t let its cartoonish appearance fool you however.
The Scion IQ behaves like it would be more at home in the bicycle lane. It will make a u-turn in many driveways while holding its own in traffic filled with giant size cars and even larger SUVs.
This car is likeable. Not just because of its small frame, low price and great fuel economy. The IQ has an appeal not unlike the VW bug.
One difference, however, is in the amount of included standard equipment. With a mid-teens pricetag you get lots of technology and creature comforts only available in higher end cars including full power inside, air conditioning, Bluetooth and a four-speaker sound system. By comparison, the bug included none of the above.
Also included is stability and traction control and no less than 11 airbags including front seat cushion and rear window protection. You can further dress up the IQ with navigation, foglamps, premium sound system and a rear spoiler.
The IQ is really a two-seater disguised with a back seat. Fortunately it folds flat for cargo hauling, storing golf clubs, groceries and other mall purchases with ease.
On the flip side, if you move the passenger seat forward, a third person will fit in the rear seat with a slice of comfort. The seat behind the driver’s seat is suitable for an infant seat, not much else.
Don’t be confused. The Scion is a miserly non-hybrid that racks up high 30s fuel economy with a 94 horsepower engine to propel this 2,100-pounder through a smooth CVT transmission – like a golf cart.
A pull out bin under the passenger seat takes the place of a glove box.
Meant to be an urban dweller, the IQ will easily maneuver through city streets, alleys and even a few sidewalks if allowed. It will also run errands with ease and scoot about in smaller towns like a go-kart.
Crash test results show the Scion is as safe as many other small cars on the road. In the run up to 60 miles per hour, it turned in an okay 10.2 seconds, not fast but quicker than other small coupes and hybrids.
Don’t get the wrong impression about the IQ’s usefulness. It will keep up with freeway traffic with ease. Actually the front doors are heavy and coupe-like in length. For driver and passenger the feel is similar to that of a Corolla front seat until you turn around and see the back window two feet away.
While the IQ will not be for everyone, it does represent some creative thinking from Toyota as it reaches out to consumers looking for a fuel-conscious runabout that shows its personality in small doses.
 

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Well done!
 

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There is someone without a agenda under the table doing a review....who knew?
 

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Believe half the stuff in magazines, none of the stuff on the web...and everything you've driven for yourself.
 
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