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2011 Scion iQ - New York Auto Show

Room for three urbanites and a puppy

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Holly Reich writes about cars, travel, lifestyle and more. Her work has been featured in publications that include: Elite Traveler, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post and The Boston Herald. She contributes monthly to Motor Matters syndicate and her blog, "Riffs on Rides," appears on uptownlife.net.


The 2011 Scion iQ, "the world's smallest four-passenger vehicle," won't carry your family of four but it will carry three plus your puppy. What Scion calls 3 + 1 seating translates to room for one adult behind the front passenger and a child, package or pet behind the driver.

Scion says its micro premium subcompact is "mini-er and smart-er" than it's tiny competition. This fun-looking three-door hatchback is just over 10 feet in length. The iQ's geometrically shaped side view is characterized by a high beltline with large headlamps, short front and rear overhangs and a bold rear end. For facile maneuvering in city traffic, the iQ has MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam rear suspension.

The iQ's smallness is made possible by engineering advances including a compact air-conditioning unit, a flat gas tank housed beneath the floor to reduce rear overhang and extra-slim front seat backs for increased rear legroom. The rear seats also split 50/50 and fold flat to store those ever- necessary two golf bags!

This tiny front wheel drive sports a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder, VVT-I that puts out over 90 hp. The iQ will be rated as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II), with a combined fuel economy in the high 30s. As for much needed safety in such a small vehicle, the iQ comes standard with stability control, traction control and ABS. But wait, there's more safety – ten airbags ignite to protect all the passengers. Scion says one is a world's first – a rear hatch curtain to protect the passengers in back.

Of course, no urban mover would be complete without good gadgetry. The iQ comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, steering wheel mounted controls, USB and auxiliary ports.

Two final small, but important points: The tiniest Scion in the family goes on sale in early 2011 and pricing comes in at "well under $16,000."

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About the Author
Holly Reich writes about cars, travel, lifestyle and more. Her work has been featured in publications that include: Elite Traveler, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post and The Boston Herald. She contributes monthly to Motor Matters syndicate and her blog, "Riffs on Rides," appears on uptownlife.net.

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