Vehicle Overview from Edmunds.com
Edmunds.com 2011 Scion iQ Overview
The 2011 Scion iQ is an urban commuter meant to appeal to the same people who like the pint-sized Smart Fortwo. For the U.S. market, the two-door, four-passenger iQ will be powered by Toyota's 90-horsepower 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine, driving the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Projected EPA city fuel economy will be "in the high 30s," according to Scion. When it hits these shores in early 2011, the Scion iQ will be one of the smallest cars sold in the States. Measuring just 120 inches long overall, the baby Scion is nearly 4 feet shorter than its boxy stablemate, the Scion xB, although it is still 14 inches longer than the two-passenger Smart. To downplay the vehicle's ultra-compact dimensions, Toyota is fitting loads of standard safety gear, including stability and traction control, ABS with brake assist, plus 10 airbags, including an industry-first rear-window air curtain. Music lovers should enjoy the standard six-speaker audio system, which comes with USB and auxiliary inputs, as well as steering-wheel controls. Further details are forthcoming, so check back later for a full review of the new 2011 Scion iQ.