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 children, bags or munchkins, should you any. Oh and to protect passengers being launched like into all that empty the airbag has been redesigned and an additional bag in the seat, too. Who needs it? The iQ has an optional canvas bag pops onto the dash; quickly going to become a accessory to tuck under arm.

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 performance is The top speed is just 93 mph and the iQ will run to 60 mph in a slow 14.7 seconds. The comes in the form of the economy, is 54.7 mpg (U.S.) on the NEDC cycle and the iQ emits just of CO2. There is a diesel but as it delivers poorer fuel than the gasoline model yes?), it won’t be coming to the Next year we will get a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine, with a standard start/stop This is the same feature on hybrids that stops the at traffic lights and junctions to fuel. This is the unit Toyota will consider for sales. The company is examining the of the Smart and looking carefully at the U.S. market for the iQ.

Toyota iQ

The Drive

the key and the engine warbles gently the hood, well damped to extensive insulation, which two sound-deadening layers in the laminated The clutch is light, the shift taut and positive, and the engine and roars mightily as you pull into Milan’s notoriously traffic. Its diminutive size the iQ feels very much than it is, although you don’t much power when just 1,973 pounds to around. The steering is good for a Toyota), with little movement and a direct, nicely feel. You can whiz around piazzas and squares with Even the so-hip-it-hurts fashionistas the iQ a double take through sunglasses. You do need to remember, that the iQ is as wide as a normal which is great for elbow but not so good when you clang the mirrors going for that gap in Sorry,

Toyota, another mirror’s in the

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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