Consumers traveling the shopping mall circuit this holiday season face the challenge of finding a place to park their vehicle.
Toyota’s youth-oriented Scion division thinks small packaging is a big benefit when maneuvering the 2014 Scion iQ into a parking space.
Scion iQ joins the American market’s micro-subcompact car segment that until 2012 was occupied by only one vehicle – the Smart car built by Mercedes-Benz.
Bumper to bumper, Smart casts a shadow 8.8-feet long by 5-feet wide. Scion iQ stretches its linear length to 10 feet with breadth marked at 5.5 feet.
“The Scion iQ is a small commutable second car that sits up high and is fun to drive,” says Eric Stamper, assistant sales manager for Lake Shore Ford, Toyota & Scion in Burns Harbor. “Scion iQ is different. Buyers like its quirky looks.”
Scion iQ’s three-door liftback form follows its intended function developed for the urban dweller that can park the iQ in places that other vehicle owners wouldn't slow down to consider.
Turning radius is equally small with an about face that flips a 13-ft U-turn on a dime.
iQ’s city fuel economy yields 36 miles per gallon courtesy of a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that musters 94 horsepower linked to a continuously variable automatic transmission.
The small engine is loud when called to perform, but settles down once at speed.
Though acceleration is brisk around town, driver forethought is required for highway merges and passing.
Inside, iQ’s thoughtful occupant placement patterns 3-plus-1 seating that positions the front passenger seat ahead of the driver’s, allowing room to accommodate one adult and one youngster in the second row.
Fully occupied, 3.5 cubic feet of space remains in the rear cargo hold.
When void, removing the second row headrests allows the 50/50 split-rear seat backs to fold flat for 16.7 cu-ft of generous carrying capacity.
Inside storage compartments come up short with a small center console, minuscule door pockets and under-seat storage drawer in lieu of a glove box.
The 2014 Scion iQ comes standard with power accessories, air-conditioning, remote keyless entry, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology.
A provided Pioneer 6.1-inch touch screen display with USB port and iPod connectivity fronts a clean center stack layout with simple rheostat dials for easy use.
Texture variety and soft-touch surfaces break up the array of plastic surfaces in the cabin.
Standard leather-trimmed tilt steering wheel with built-in audio control rounds out the instrumentation.
Absent however are inboard arm rests, cruise control and a telescoping steering wheel.
Eleven air bags including an iQ-exclusive rear window curtain air bag is standard for an overall 4- of a possible 5-Star Safety Rating for frontal, side and rollover protection by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The 2014 Scion iQ carries an no-haggle, no-hassle “Pure Price” of $16,420 with freight.