• Aug 6th 2010 at 8:00AM
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2011 Scion iQ – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've all heard the rhetoric about how small cars are primed to be big sellers over the next few years, and nobody seems to be responding to that direction sooner than Toyota. The Japanese automaker is getting ready to challenge the diminutive Smart Fortwo here in the United States with the Scion iQ, and we've just been told by Toyota representatives to expect it to hit dealer showrooms around March of next year.

Unlike its main competitor, the iQ sports a unique 3+1 seating arrangement that will allow three real-sized human beings to fit in the car with an extra spot for a munchkin or car seat. Scion also promises that its micro car will boast real storage capacity, which is an important factor if people have any inkling to use their urban runabout as a second car. Expect a price somewhere in the vicinity of the Fortwo when the iQ hits the streets early next year.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      To each their own, I guess? I love it!

      Any details like... price, engine choices, MPG... ?

      Sincerely, Neil
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota says 1.3L with a CVT

        hp/tq is roughly 95hp/95ft-lb ( variable thanks to emissions equipment )
        curb weight of the european model is about 2000lb.

        MPG looks good on the european cycle but my bet is 33/41mpg.

        • 5 Years Ago
        How much does the Smart ForTwo cost?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks Jason -- that is a lot less than I thought! And that is a great price for an iQ; I hope they sell the base model for >$12K.

        • 5 Years Ago
        by the way, the european 1.3L motor has start and stop. Maybe we'll be so lucky to get that feature here. That would make the deal even sweeter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The two door coupe starts at $11,990 according to cars.com.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is the advantage of such a compact car in North America? Parking costs the same as a normal car. MPG is 37 mpg - http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2010/04/2011-scion-iq-mpg-price.html - good but within spitting range of some much larger hybrids. If someone was looking for a relatively cheap small car, I'd expect them to buy Ford Festiva over a Scion iQ.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Better acceleration than the smart, and fuel economy may be 1 or 2mpg better ultimately. Won't take premium either.

        Turning circle and maneuverability like you can't believe due to the short wheelbase ( this is my favorite part )

        Parking? you can fit into spots that people have half-parked into. Or park two iQ's in the spot of one car. ha.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, I read that the IQ is not nearly as narrow as the fortwo, so it likely won't fit as well in those half-spaces. Still I like the style of the car and I'd bet that the few parking spots that it won't fit in as well as the smart will likely not bother anyone thanks to its greater practicality overall. One thing is that the Toyota IQ is marketed as an upscale urban runabout in Europe and priced as such. How little would they sell it for in the states? And would that price convince anyone to ditch a Yaris in favor of an IQ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Where there was a mix of free and pay parking I've been able to save a few bucks in my 06 Fortwo. Spaces where a normal sized car wouldn't be able to fit legally, I can squeeze in. If there isn't any free parking, no one has been willing to offer me a discount, yet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In some places a small car is a benefit as parking is just scarce.

        The intriguing thing about the iQ from what I have read is how much the front mimics a much larger car.
        I rarely have two people in the car and extremely rarely need room for more than that.
        An iQ could work just fine for me for 99% of what I need a car for.

        However, it could be too late to take what advantages it might have.
        If fiat shows up with the 500 with some of that twinair special sauce and beats them up good on mpg then toyota could find itself in quite a battle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whats the point? The Nissan Leaf shows an EV doesn't need to be a shopping cart to be affordable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This isn't an EV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      A fortwo passion coupe runs about 16K. Smart is about to lose even more ground in the USA. They can't get their next gen car here fast enough.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Smart's sales are gonna fall off a cliff. Unless they have a motor and transmission that are vastly superior. I think only a dual VVT motor with DI could compete. That is, if they can shoehorn DI into a ~1.0-1.3L motor!
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