im the guilty party,i do not get good mileage,but i certainly dont try,and you have seen the interior layout and probably realize you WILL not get four large humans in this car without the driver in a dangerous driving position,if most of your driving is city with mainly 2 people,there is nothing better,non hybrid out there.THE CAR IS A BLAST.You have to try really hard to get under 30mpg. It's because they are flooring it at every green light and probably driving 80 on the highway. With this car, the easier you take it, the better mpg you'll get. That's why I said if you drive it "normal" you'll get about 34mpg. I have heavy 18" rims and I am getting about 33mpg right now... and I don't always take it easy on the way home after work... I get her going pretty good sometimes.
It's wise to check your options, but you still have to drive your choice at the end of the day. Personally, in my life I end up doing what I want. Buy what you like.
Often I regret buying various things in my life because I'm impulsive, but so far I still like this car. In fact, I like it more now than when I first bought it.... it's weird.
You'll also notice there are people on this forum that claim 45mpg over hundreds of miles. It really depends how you drive it.
I am totally agree with you. I have been waited for the iQ for so long (since the day Scion brought the iQ concept car over to US couple years ago). I drive 130miles everyday on the iQ (between work and home), mostly on the freeway. Been trying to drive slow around 65-75 and easy on gas when accelerate, and been getting 37-38MPG. Found that I can save even more gas when driving behind other cars with about 2 cars length distance in between to block some of that air drag.I think with the IQ you know it's for you when you first see it. I knew I wanted one the first time I seen an ad for one on Craigslist. I was looking for something small and came across it by accident, my search ended there.
Other people have different opinions. Some think it's cool/cute... some laugh because of how short the car is (or maybe I'm just funny looking). People in big trucks think they are cooler, but at the gas pump I'm cooler.
Some people even complain with intensity because it's a little car and it DOES NOT get 45mpg+.... That's kind of dumb. It's not a hybrid and it's only a 1.3L engine. Ever the engine is pretty neat because it's a high compression motor (which normally would require premium fuel) but it runs on low octane (saves money).
Some people say stupid stuff to me like, "That looks cool, but good luck if you get in a car accident."
-REALLY!? It has a 4 Star safety rating and 11 airbags... I wonder how many their car has. Plus traction control and 4 wheel ABS.
And perhaps the most common complaint is when people compare the price to other cars in that range. Some say you can get 4 doors, more space... etc... this and that. I don't care. Other cars are not an IQ. I don't want a Prius. I didn't want a Fit... and I know I would hate the ride of a Smart. I got what I wanted when I bought the IQ.