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2013 Scion iQ

Published July 9, 2012

That adrenaline surge as you punch the gas. The rush as you power through tight corners. The exhilaration of power shifting from a full top. The vibration of the manual shifter in your hand while throttling down the street. Admiring looks from beautiful sexy people as you pass by. You will experience none of these things driving a Scion iQ. What you will get is a car that is staggeringly fuel efficient and remarkably affordable. And it just so happens the iQ ranks damn high on the cute meter. Not exactly designed for the Great American Road Trip but certainly economically viable for the struggling authors out there. Which makes for such sweet irony.

Everything about the iQ is compact and convenient, from the size of the car itself measuring at 120.1 inches, to the surprisingly roomy interior and dashboard layout. The problems then begin to mount. It’s uncomfortable for starters. And the road noise is unbearable. This is a shoebox with an engine after all. A powerhouse 1.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine powers the iQ, producing a mind boggling 95 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque. You’re zero to 60, just about 12 seconds, give or take a passenger. Enough time to change songs on you stereo and take a sip from your half caf half decaf double latte mocha chino. This engine barely manages to haul around the tiny little chassis and body of this fuel sipping car. Of course with a car this size you can break on a dime, but that stands to reason with a curb weight of just over 2100lbs and a top speed of…whatever its limited to considering its cargo. Worst of all the continuously variable transmission will suck any remaining particles of joy from the experience of driving this car. Despite all of that one thing is for sure, if there’s a postage stamp somewhere you can park the Scion iQ on it. And even though your grocery cart is roughly the size of this car, it will definitely hold it all because when you fold down the rear seat there’s 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Which should be all the groceries you need considering you’re either a student or a perpetually single city dweller. Another upside is that the only person who spends less time at the fuel station is that dude with the scooter.

But in all seriousness, that’s what this car is designed for. The economical mind who doesn’t want a great car, just one that is fun and reliable. This is not a car for the buyer with dreams of after market additions and fantasies of late night street racing. This is for someone who wants a car to run about town inexpensively, but with a flash of style and some semblance of dignity. It’s just too adorable not to like. The 2013 Scion iQ is like a puppy dog really. And you may hate yourself for it but you’ll catch yourself staring at it for reasons you can’t even explain.




Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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