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I drove the white IQ today at Pasadena Toyota.

Before I talk about the driving experience, I have to say that the seats felt comfortable and supportive. There is plenty of room both in passenger and the driver's area. The materials indeed look like they are high quality. The radio is just ok.

The rear area is small but might be adequate for most people to carry the grocery bags.

The first thing I noticed when having the engine started, is the loud exhaust noise. (Disclaimer: I drive a '10 Honda Fit Manual, so my impressions are strongly influenced by comparing the IQ with the Fit).

The loud exhaust made it sound like a Smart car, which really sounds like a small tractor. I have to say that I didn't like the sound as it made the car feel cheap and as if it has poor sound insulation.

I drove it around town and did not have a chance to drive it on the freeway. The car absorbed bumps easier than the Fit does. The visibility is good (Fit is better though).

The steering felt too easy to turn and it didn't self-center. The car felt funny when going over the speed bump. (It felt as if you are riding in the back of a buggy or the back of the bus. I felt as if I was thrown up sitting on top of a single axle that went over a bump. It was an amusing feeling but not something I would want to experience on a daily basis.

The cvt transmission did not remind of itself, so I guess it was ok for me. However, I reaffirmed my preference to drive cars with manual transmission. I've been told by a Scion salesman at Longo Toyota, that the manual transmission IQ will be sold in the States in 2013. He claimed that it is a fact and the decision has already been made.

I guess overall I was slightly disappointed. The steering feel lacks precision and is much more floaty compared to the Fit. The CVT does noticeably reduce the fun of driving and controlling the driving dynamics. The rear cargo area is indeed small, of course compared to the Fit. The price of the IQ was over 17K with the alloy wheels (and this is a base Fit or a Manual Yaris territory).

On the plus side, the interior is pleasant, the car should be super easy to park and maneuver in tight spaces. It definitely is unique and should deliver Toyota's expected reliability.

I guess I will be waiting for the manual IQ and give it another try. For now, I am glad Scion finally began selling them as the waiting period and frequent release delays caused many potential customers to chose another car.

Did anyone else test drive one? I'd like to hear others' impressions.
 

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Thanks for the review!

Am looking to test drive one today or this weekend. I have heard the manual version will come by later next year.

Do you have a smart car as well?
 

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Finally someone replied. Thank you ionized. Please post your impressions here once you complete your test drive. I don't have a smart car, I just test drove it.
 

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As far as the exhaust noise the exhaust pipe does come out under the car so the sound is trapped under the car, I was thinking a short exhaust extension that would get the exhaust pipe out the back of the car may reduce the noise level.

I will take mine to the muffler shop to see if they can put one on.

The Stereo, I found that the stereo has a lot of adjustment, as it comes from the factory it is not adjusted very well, and sounds flat, But!!, when adjusted properly, It provides a very high quality sound, and when the optional rear speakers are added (6 speakers for a small car) it sounds MUCH!!!! BETTER!!!!

Let me say as far as driving the IQ, one short Test Drive does not provide you enough Information to the driver. The IQ Must be driven for at least a week, to get a real sense for the car, then you will truly understand the car.
 

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As far as storage goes an article from Scion said that the Scion IQ with the rear seats folded has a LARGER storage area than the Toyota Camry's trunk storage area.

The addition of the Scion Accessory Rear Sway bar Converts the cars manners into a MUCH different driving IQ, It should have come stock that way it is a VAST IMPROVEMENT
not only to the handling but the Ride is much Improved.

If you test drive the IQ Without the Sway Bar you are Getting a False sense of the IQ

All dealers should have a dealer only car that has all the Scion accessories added so that you can do a drive comparison
 

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As far as storage goes an article from Scion said that the Scion IQ with the rear seats folded has a LARGER storage area than the Toyota Camry's trunk storage area.

The addition of the Scion Accessory Rear Sway bar Converts the cars manners into a MUCH different driving IQ, It should have come stock that way it is a VAST IMPROVEMENT
not only to the handling but the Ride is much Improved.

If you test drive the IQ Without the Sway Bar you are Getting a False sense of the IQ

All dealers should have a dealer only car that has all the Scion accessories added so that you can do a drive comparison
Pricey on the website! My two dealers only have stock models to drive. Any YT or Vids around yet? I'd like to see how it goes on, looks, and what it does.
 

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I bought mine from

ScionPartsPeople - Genuine Scion Parts and Scion Accessories

It is a scion OEM TRD IQ rear way bar and is about $250.00.

The Swaybar fit/lays (gets clamped to) into a V shaped Brace that runs between the left and right rear suspension that is already on the car.

To me it looks as though Toyota/scion designed car to have the Rear swaybar in the first place, IT IS NOT A AFTER THOUGHT, mounting holes are already there for mounting the swaybar endlinks.

But after the rear swaybar is mounted, you need to install/swap the Front swaybar soft bushings for the hard bushings.
 
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