2011 Scion iQ at the 2010 New York Auto Show

By David Thomas  on March 30, 2010

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  • Competes with: Smart ForTwo
  • Looks like: Scion’s version of the Smart ForTwo
  • Drivetrain: 90+ hp, 1.3-liter four-cylinder, CVT
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2011
Here it is. The very short but long-rumored Scion iQ. This is no concept car any longer, and with an all-new tC, restyled xB and the xD, the iQ helps revive the brand’s entire lineup.

The iQ is 120.1 inches long, more than a foot longer than the Smart ForTwo. It also packs two extra seats in a unique 3+1 configuration that you'll have to see to understand. But the +1 is suggested to accommodate a “dog.” No, really. Scion says that’s how much room there is. Paris Hilton-sized pup most likely.

But it’s unlikely the iQ will be carrying four often, dog or no. This micro-subcompact is meant for efficient driving and features a small four-cylinder engine with continuously variable automatic transmission that the company says should get in the high 30s in terms of gas mileage.

Standard equipment includes USB and auxiliary audio ports and steering-wheel audio controls. It also comes with stability control and 10 airbags standard, including a rear-window curtain airbag and an airbag for the driver’s seat cushion.

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Scion Scion iQ 2010 New York Auto Show


Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David