Cars Coming Soon: Scion iQ a Great Punchline, an Odd Car
“Where’s the rest of it?”
“Where do you park that thing, on your pool table at home?”
“Hey man, isn’t that Barbie’s car?”
Drive in a Scion iQ and you can be sure you’ll hear jokes like these multiple times per day, each comedian thinking he is the only one to ever loft such creative barbs at the diminutive car and its embarrassed driver.
Yes, the iQ is incredibly small. It actually would fit on a pool table. Barbie though, could never drive it because inside, everything is full-size. The windshield, seats and side windows might as well be from a Corolla, which makes driving the iQ seem like a perfectly respectable thing to do. It *feels* normal. But it’s not.
For a little perspective, the iQ is nearly 20 inches shorter than a FIAT 500. A driver could conceivably stick his or her arm out the driver window, reach back, and lift the rear hatch. Cars that have been smashed between a rock wall and a fully loaded semi truck travelling at highway speeds often end up looking like the iQ. Only the iQ looks that way on purpose.
Yet the iQ weighs around 2,000 pounds and is powered by a 1.3-liter 94-horsepower engine. Paired with its CVT the car is good for a 0-60 time of about 10 seconds.
Running to your Scion dealer yet?
In my humble opinion, the class of cars that includes the iQ and the smart fortwo has no business being a road-legal class of vehicles. They are too small, too slow, too expensive and have fuel economy that doesn’t justify their existence.
Why not upgrade to something like a Kia Rio and drive something that won’t be confused for a toy?