2009 Toyota IQ Test Drive: Coming in 2010 as Scion IQ? — 2009 NY Auto…

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2009 Toyota IQ Test Coming in 2010 as Scion IQ?

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Milan, Italy#151; I know, yet another tiny European-style hutch that sips like it’s been to Anonymous, and it isn’t yet available in the Truth is, you are unlikely to see this tyke on the freeway with a big Texas sky behind it. Cars the iQ and the Smart are great city for commuting more than a Cannonball Run. Would Dom even fit in an iQ? But I digress. As much as the iQ make sense in these economic times with fuel prices, Toyota has not if it will be sold in the U.S. or But this small wonder is a few others in the class#151;it’s actually bringing over.

The Specs

The iQ is clever. No, scratch that. got a Harvard or Yale league of This is a different sort of car, like the Mercedes-Benz but built to carry four in a body shell just 9 ft 9.5 in. Born out of Toyota’s 2003 New Car Project, the iQ is absolutely tiny. It strikes at the heartland of Japanese What they couldn’t they repackaged. The iQ positively in innovation. A 4.7-in.-thick fuel sits under the floor. And the air conditioning/heater unit uses a more aerodynamically correct fan to the racket that a small might otherwise have This allows the dashboard to be which in turn permits the passenger seat to move forward, allowing enough for a rear passenger’s legs. 6 ft tall and I could sit behind The seat behind the driver’s is reserved for very small shopping bags or munchkins, you know any. Oh

and to protect passengers from launched like cannonballs all that empty space, the has been redesigned and there’s an bag in the seat, too. Glovebox? Who it? The iQ has an optional canvas bag that onto the dash; it’s going to become a must-have to tuck under your

Up front there’s an award-winning, gasoline engine, which 1 liter and gives 67 hp and 67 lb-ft of It is also fitted to the tiny city car, but for the iQ the engine is forward, away from the to maximize cabin space. choices include a five-speed or a Continuously Variable Transmission The differential is mounted on the front of the to allow the front driving to be pushed as far forward as possible the body.

As might be expected, the is modest. The top speed is just 93 mph and the iQ run to 60 mph in a rather slow 14.7 The payoff comes in the form of the which is 54.7 mpg (U.S.) on the Combined cycle and the iQ emits 99g/km of CO2. There is a version, but as it delivers poorer consumption than the gasoline (odd, yes?), it won’t be to the U.K. Next year we get a brand-new 1.3-liter, four-cylinder fitted with a standard system. This is the same found on hybrids that the engine at traffic lights and to save fuel. This is the that Toyota will for U.S. sales. The company is the success of the Smart and looking at the potential U.S. market for the iQ.

Toyota iQ

The Drive

Turn the key and the engine gently under the hood, damped thanks to extensive which includes two sound-deadening in the laminated windshield. The clutch is the shift lever taut and and the engine whirs and roars as you pull away into notoriously heavy traffic. Its size means the iQ feels much faster than it is, you don’t need much when there’s just pounds to pull around. The is good (exceptional for a Toyota), little lost movement and a nicely weighted feel. You can around Milan’s piazzas and with alacrity. Even the fashionistas give the iQ a double through their sunglasses. You do to remember, however, that the iQ is as as a normal car, which is for elbow room, but not so good you clang the wing mirrors for that gap in traffic. Sorry, another mirror’s in the mail.

Out on the autostrada, the iQ shows that it is refined and comfortable at 70, 80, even 90 That’s worlds apart the Smart, which feels near the ragged edge at 80 The iQ’s engine isn’t and the ride is quite respectable at speeds. With such a wheelbase, Toyota went to lengths to ensure the iQ doesn’t ends as soon as you put the brakes on. And certainly accomplished that

The Bottom Line

It’s not to find fault with little car#151;and minor are almost all in the cabin. The interior quite of the quality you would in a $14,500 car: The storage are ill thought out and someone needs to Toyota that the world has on from having to remove headrests before tilting the U.K. prices (including run from £9,495 to £11,495 to $17,673), depending on the specification, and seats and a satellite navigation are expensive options. Pricey and desirable, the iQ might be coming to a near you soon. If there’s the smallest chance that a fuel-sipping car could appeal to this is the one for you.

Toyota iQ
Toyota iQ

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