Scion iQ: Small Size, Big Features


Last week Scion, part of Toyota Motor Co., announced that the all-new Scion iQ will be arriving in dealerships in October. The iQ is a very different style car than we are used to here in the US, being called a micro=subcompact.

Streaching a whole 10 feet from bumper to bumper it still seats 4, although we aren’t sure how big those four people can be, making it the world’s smallest four-seater. Think of the iQ as a smart car with a backseat and you get the idea. But its lack of space is exactly what makes it special.

Jack Hollis, vice president of Scion said, “it will define the premium micro-subcompact segment as the choice for new urbanites who want clever transportation without scarifice in style or new features.” The Scion iQ is not going to be some stripped down car with no features or space that is meant for nothing more that transporting one person from point A to point B. The iQ will be much more than that.

As you can guess by its size the iQ is incredibly fuel-efficient, managing and impressive 37 mpg without the help of any hybrid technologies. But its size can make some buyers weary. How safe can such a small car be when so many vehicles on the road are easily twice or three times its size? Well don’t worry. The iQ features 11 standard airbags, including the world’s first rear window airbag. The iQ will also come standard with, what Scion is calling, the Star Safety System. Key points of this system include, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, traction control, vehicle stability control, and Smart Stop Technology brake-override.

The Scion iQ isn’t for everybody, that’s for sure. A family of four isn’t going on a road trip in the iQ anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean the iQ won’t have its buyers. The tiny Scion is the most impressive of all the new micro-size urban cars that have been hitting the market in recent years and we think those buyers will flock to the Scion given its looks and its features, things you normally won’t find in such a stripped down car.

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