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First Test: 2012 Scion iQ

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Though the Scion iQ is new to the U.S., it's more than familiar to the rest of the world. Other countries have had micro-cars for years; Toyota is just the latest manufacturer to bring them to the States. The question is whether the U.S. will accept them.

With a miniscule 1.3-liter, 94-hp engine, the Scion iQ was the second least-powerful vehicle in our 2012 COTY competition, conceding only to the fully electric Mitsubishi i MiEV, which has less power but more torque. In fact, the iQ is the fourth-slowest vehicle of all the 2011 and 2012 model-year vehicles we have tested, quicker only than the iMiEV and two Fiat 500 convertibles. In testing, the iQ managed its meander to 60 in 10.8 seconds while finishing the quarter mile in 18.1 seconds at 77.1 mph.

For simple, around-town commuting, this kind of power is adequate, but driving the iQ anyplace other than a surface street is an adventure all its own. On the freeway, the iQ can't get out of its own way; a manual transmission would help, but not much. The short wheelbase and narrow track make the iQ wander on grooved freeways. And not if, but when you get passed on the highway by a semi, hang on to the wheel, because the amount of movement you get from the windstream will do more than just get your attention.

It's less dumb than the Smart, but still doesn't make the Dean's List.

Things don't get much better if you happen upon a smooth, twisty road. The small dimensions combined with the high center of gravity make the car a handful if you try to toss it around. It looks like you can do that with this car, but you can't. The iQ feels very unstable under hard braking; the nose dives and the rear hunches up and wiggles, not something you want in any vehicle. There's also the issue of constantly feeling like you're going to tip over. Just like the braking, that's not a feeling you want to have while driving.

Chris Theodore noted, "The exterior styling is cute, the interior is ultra-modern, and the materials have a premium look and feel." There was one constant knock on the interior, and that's the placement of the seat's fore-and-aft adjuster. As Allyson Harwood said, "If the seats going to have a manual adjustment, please put it as a bar under the front of the seat, not on the side, where everyone expects the reclining handle to be." More than a few editors made this exact same comment.

The biggest gripe of all with the iQ concerns its EPA rating of 36 city, 37 highway. A car like this looks like it could and should be getting at least 50 mpg. A small car with a small engine is good in theory, but that small engine has to work harder to produce the same results as a slightly bigger engine moving a slightly larger load, but not working as hard. It's a double-edged sword. There's no way around it, other than adding a hybrid system.

Theodore summed up the iQ best: "It's less dumb than the Smart, but still doesn't make the Dean's List." Vehicles like the iQ simply don't make any sense in the U.S, from either a profit or a usability standpoint. There won't be enough sales, and Americans still aren't keen on super-tiny cars, except for in very specific situations, like city driving. Unfortunately, just like the other micro-cars we have here in the States, the Scion iQ is great for anyplace but the U.S.

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2012 Scion iQ
BASE PRICE $16,050
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 4-pass, 2-door hatchback
ENGINE 1.4L/94-hp/89-lb-ft DOHC 12-valve I-4
TRANSMISSION Cont variable auto
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 2111 lb (62/38%)
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 120.1 x 66.1 x 59.1 in
0-60 MPH 10.8 sec
QUARTER MILE 18.1 sec @ 77.1 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 129 ft
MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.9 sec @ 0.55 g (avg)
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 94/91 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS 0.53 lb/mile


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Toyota iQ

Motor vehicle

Toyota iQ (AJ10)
Toyota iQ 20090621 front.JPG
Also calledScion iQ (US and Canada)
Aston Martin Cygnet (Europe)
Singulato iC3 (China)
2011–2013, 2018 (Aston Martin Cygnet)
2019 concept (Singulato iC3)
AssemblyJapan: Toyota, Aichi (Takaoka plant)[1]
DesignerToyota ED2
Hiroki Nakajima (2006)
ClassCity car
Body style3-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine1.0 L 1KR-FEI3
1.3 L 1NR-FE petrol I4
1.4 L 1ND-FTV diesel I4
Electric motorPermanent Magnet Electric motor (Singulato iC3)
Transmission5-speed manual,
6-speed manual,
Wheelbase2,000 mm (78.7 in)
LengthToyota iQ: 2,985 mm (117.5 in)
Scion iQ: 3,051 mm (120.1 in)
Width1,680 mm (66.1 in)
Height1,500 mm (59.1 in)
Curb weight860 kg (1,896 lb)
SuccessorToyota Aygo

The Toyota iQ is an ultra-compact, front transverse engine, front-wheel-drive city car manufactured by Toyota and marketed in a single generation for Japan (2008–2016); Europe (2008–2015); and North America (2012–2015), where it was marketed as the Scion iQ.[2] A rebadged variant was marketed in Europe as the Aston Martin Cygnet (2009–2013).

Designed at the Toyota European Design and Development studio in Nice, France, the iQ is noted for its specialized engineering to maximize passenger space and minimize length. The design accommodates four occupants, although one of the seats has very little legroom and is not suitable for adults.

Following a concept presented at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show,[3] the production iQ debuted at the March 2008 Geneva Motor Show. Japanese sales began in November 2008 and European sales in January 2009.[4]

In 2008, the iQ was named the Japanese Car of the Year. The name iQ, an initialism of the term intelligence quotient, recalls a competitor, the Smart Fortwo. The letters "iQ" also stand for "individuality", "innovation", "quality", a hint at its "cubic form" and also a "cue" for owners to embrace new types of vehicles and lifestyles.

The iQ reached the end of production in December 2015, and it was discontinued in Japan on 4 April 2016.[citation needed]

Scion iQ[edit]

In the United States and Canada, the iQ was marketed under Scion, then Toyota's small car brand in that market. The car was introduced in 2012 and discontinued with its Toyota counterpart in 2015.[5] The production Scion iQ debuted at the 2010 New York Auto Show and was marketed for model years 2012 to 2015.[6]

Toyota sold 15,695 units of the Scion iQ—248 in 2011, 8,879 in 2012, 4,046 in 2013, 2,040 in 2014, and 482 in 2015.[7]


The IQ design emphasizes fuel efficiency, maneuverability, low environmental impact, and interior space. Six design factors enable the minimal overhangs, forward windscreen location, maximized cabin space and overall compactness:

  • A newly developed differential mounted further forward than usual
  • A centre take-off steering gear
  • A flat fuel tank positioned underneath the cabin floor
  • Rear-angled shock absorbers to encroach less on rear passenger space
  • A smaller heater/air conditioning unit mounted centrally behind the asymmetric dashboard
  • A slimmer seat design.

The iQ features a transmissions differential housing located ahead of, rather than behind, the engine; a starter motor incorporated in the engine's flywheel, a high-mounted steering rack and a compact, high-located air conditioning unit behind the dashboard central area. The arrangement allows the front passenger to sit forward of the driver, giving increased rear passenger legroom. A shallow under-floor fuel tank reduces rear overhang.[8]

Because of its overall width and engine displacement, the iQ is classified in its home market as a supermini, though its length complies with kei cardimensional regulations.

European sales of the iQ peaked at 44,282 in 2009, and then gradually decreased to less than a thousand in 2015.[9] In Europe, the iQ was priced at approximately £10,000, more than the larger Toyota Aygo.[10]

Production of the Scion iQ EV (Toyota eQ in Japan) was to be limited to 100 units for special fleet use in Japan and carsharing demonstration projects in the U.S.[11][12] Deliveries of the all-electric version with a range of 80 km (50 mi) began in the U.S. in March 2013.


Model codes[edit]

Toyota internally designated the iQ as the AJ10, with further sub-model chassis codes:

Body style2-seat4-seat4-seat4-seat

The two seat variant was marketed solely in Japan.

Body colours[edit]

Pearl White
Tyrol Silver
Decuma Grey
Eclipse Black
Chilli Red
Metallic Blue
Hot Lava
Deep Amethyst


ModelTypePower at rpmTorque at rpmCO2 emission (g/km)
Petrol engines
1.0998 cc (60.9 cu in) I3 (1KR-FE)68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) at 6,00098 N⋅m (72 lbf⋅ft) at 4,80099 manual, 110 CVT
1.0 (Japan)996 cc (60.8 cu in) I3 (1KR-FE)68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) at 6,00098 N⋅m (72 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800CVT: 101 in 10・15 mode, 112 in JC08 mode
1.331,329 cc (81.1 cu in) I4 (1NR-FE)98 PS (72 kW; 97 hp) at 6,000123 N⋅m (91 lbf⋅ft) at 4,400113 manual, 120 CVT
1.3 (Japan)1,329 cc (81.1 cu in) I4 (1NR-FE)94 PS (69 kW; 93 hp) at 6,000118 N⋅m (87 lbf⋅ft) at 4,400CVT: 101 in 10・15 mode, 112 in JC08 mode
Diesel engines
1.4D1,364 cc (83.2 cu in) I4 (1ND-FTV)90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 3,400190 N⋅m (140 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800–3,200104 manual

The 1.0L engine is similar to the engine in Toyota Aygo.[13] The iQ achieves 65.69 mpg‑imp (4.3 L/100 km; 55 mpg‑US) by European standards.[14]

UK models include only petrol engines.

Early Japan models include only 1.0L three-cylinder engine. 1.33L engine option was added beginning in 2009.[15]

The car is capable of fitting 1.6L four-cylinder engine.[16]

Models with the 1.33L engine include start and stop system, however, only with the manual transmission.


Japan models include only CVT transmission.


1.0 VVT-i1.33 Dual-VVT-i1.4 D-4D
Production Nov 2008 – Dec 2015May 2009 – Dec 2015Nov 2008 – Apr 2012
Standard trim level iQiQ3iQ
Engine PetrolDiesel
Engine Type 1KR-FE1NR-FE1ND-TV
Displacement 998 cm³ 1329 cm³ 1364 cm³
max. Power at rpm 50 kW (67 hp; 68 PS) at 6,000 72 kW (97 hp; 98 PS) at 6,000 66 kW (89 hp; 90 PS) at 3,400
max. Torque at rpm 98 N⋅m (72 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800 123 N⋅m (91 lbf⋅ft) at 4,400 190 N⋅m (140 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800–3,200
Gearbox, standard 5-speed manual6-speed manual
Gearbox, optional CVT transmission
Wheels / tires 175 / 65 / R15 J5 175 / 60 / R16 J5 175 / 65 / R15 J5
0 – 100 km/h in s
14.7 [15.5] 11.8 [11.6] 10.7
Maximum speed,
km/h (mph)
180 (112) 209 (130)[18]
171 (106)
Fuel consumption urban,
l / 100 km
4.9 [5.7] 5.9 [6.3] 4.8
Fuel consumption extra-urban,
l / 100 km
3.9 [4.1] 4.2 [4.4] 3.5
Fuel consumption combined,
l / 100 km
4.3 [4.7] 4.8 [5.1] 4.0
CO2 emission (g/km) 99 [110] 113 [120] 104
Curb weight (kg) 845 – 885 [860 – 895] 930–955 935–975
Gross weight (kg) 1200–1210 1270 1280–1285
Noise (drive-by) (EU directive 70/157/EEC),
67.3 [70.2] 69.5 [68.6] 68.7


The iQ includes nine airbags, dual frontal airbags, front seat-mounted side torso airbags, side curtain airbags, front passenger seat cushion airbag, a driver's knee airbag and a newly developed rear curtain airbag to protect backseat passengers' heads from rear-end collisions.[21]Vehicle Stability Control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and electronic brakeforce distribution come standard.

In 2013, the UK's Vehicle and Operator Services Agency voted the Toyota iQ as top three-year-old car most likely to pass its first Ministry of Transport road worthiness test.[22]

Concept cars[edit]

Toyota iQ Concept (2007)[edit]

Was initially unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Toyota FT-EV (2009)[edit]

The Toyota FT-EV concept was unveiled at the January 2009 North American International Auto Show.[23] It was a modified electric version of the Toyota iQ with an estimated capacity of 50 miles (80 km). Toyota planned to launch the production version of FT-EV in 2012.[24]

Toyota FT-EV II (2009)[edit]

The Toyota FT-EV II was first shown at the October 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.[25] It has a unique design compared to the FT-EV, with a transparent body and electrically operated sliding doors. A pair of linked joysticks (each joystick duplicating the other) control acceleration, braking and steering using drive-by-wire.[26] The top speed is over 100 km/h (62 mph) and the range is 90 km (56 mi).

Toyota iQ Customize Car (2009–)[edit]

This is a family of Toyota iQ custom body kits in Japanese market.[27]

MODELLISTA MAXI includes custom front bumper, side skirt, rear bumper. MODELLISTA MIXTURE includes custom B-pillar shadow, mirror cover, back window panel, side door trim. MODELLISTA MIXTURE side make set only includes custom mirror cover and side door trim.

Toyota iQ "Gazoo Racing tuned by MN" (130G, 2009)[edit]

This is a limited (100 units) version for Japanese market. It included a 1,329 cubic centimetres (1.329 L; 81.1 cu in) I4 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, stiffer sport suspension that lowers its ride height by 30 mm (1.2 in), rear disk brakes, RAYS 16x5.5-in aluminium wheels with 175/60R16 tires, enhanced brakes, stiffening brace, tachometer, aluminium pedals, rear spoiler, GRMN emblem and a sport exhaust system.[28][29]

The Gazoo Racing package adds a front bumper spoiler, side mudguards, rear bumper spoiler centre muffler, Toyota front fog lamps, original decal, front sport seat covers.

The vehicle was unveiled at the January 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon.

The Gazoo Racing cars were sold through Toyota's Netz dealer channel.[30] It has MSRP of ¥1,972,000 (¥1,878,095+tax).

Scion iQ Concept (2009)[edit]

The Scion iQ Concept car was built by Five Axis (California, USA) based on the Toyota iQ and displayed in April 2009 at the New York Auto Show. It was also shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as the Toyota iQ for Sports concept. Based on the production Toyota iQ, the concept was equipped with a 94 hp (70 kW) and 89 lb⋅ft (121 N⋅m) 1.3-liter, 1,329 cc (81 cu in) DOHCInline-4 engine, 18-inch wheels and widened wheel arches, with eleven airbags.[31]

Toyota iQ Collection (2009)[edit]

Unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show with the iQ for Sports, the Toyota iQ Collection had an transparent acrylic roof, looking similar to the initial 2007 concept, and a custom interior.

GRMN iQ Racing Concept (2011)[edit]

The GRMN iQ Racing Concept was based on Toyota iQ "Gazoo Racing tuned by MN" car sold in 2009, but was equipped with a supercharger and roll cage.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon.[32]

GRMN iQ Supercharger (2012)[edit]

It is a limited (100 units) version of Toyota iQ for Japanese market, based on the Toyota iQ 130G MT. It included the supercharger found in the GRMN iQ Racing Concept car.

The prototype vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon.[33]

Toyota FT-EV III[edit]

Was shown as the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, see below.

Scion iQ EV[edit]

See also: iQ EV Prototype

The Toyota eQ/Scion iQ EV is based on Toyota's three generations of FT-EV concept. Shown the Toyota FT-EV IIIconcept carat the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

A prototype of the Toyota eQ (Scion iQ EV in the US) was exhibited at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The Scion iQ EV is the successor to the FT-EV II as an electric vehicle based on the Toyota iQ chassis.[34][35] Toyota produced three generations of FT-EV concept cars, and the iQ EV is a production version of those concepts, incorporating the technological and design strengths of all three models. The exterior of the production version is based on the FT-EV III concept shown at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.[36]

The U.S. launch of the limited-production Scion iQ EV was announced for 2012,[37][38] and according to Toyota, for the initial roll-out the iQ EV would not be available to individual consumers, instead the carmaker decided to focus on fleet customers and car sharing programs.[39] The iQ EV was scheduled to be produced at Toyota's Takaoka Plant in Toyota City beginning in August 2012 and the initial production was planned to be limited to 600 units, with 400 staying in Japan, 100 units destined to the U.S. and the other 100 for Europe.[40] In September 2012 Toyota announced that due to customers' concerns about range and charging time, the production of the Scion iQ (Toyota eQ in Japan) will be limited to 100 units for special fleet use in Japan and the U.S. only, of which, 90 will be placed in American carsharing demonstration projects.[11][12] The iQ EV will be priced in the Japanese market at ¥3.6 million (~US$45,000). The iQ EV/eQ was scheduled to be released in both countries in December 2012.[11]

The first 30 units were delivered in the U.S. to the University of California, Irvine in March 2013 for use in its Zero Emission Vehicle-Network Enabled Transport (ZEV-NET) carsharing fleet. Since 2002 the ZEV-NET program has been serving the transport needs of the Irvine community with all-electric vehicles for the critical last mile of commutes from the Irvine train station to the UC campus and local business offices.[12] In September 2013, another 30 units were allocated to City Carshare to operate Dash, a three-year pilot carsharing program in Hacienda Business Park, in Pleasanton, California.[41]


Toyota eQ electric city car

Designed as a city commuting vehicle, the iQ EV has a lower battery capacity that also translates into a shorter charging time, allowing the car to be fully recharged in approximately three hours, and using fast charging, the battery can be recharged up to 80% capacity in only 15 minutes. The iQ EV has a 150 cell 12 kWh 277.5 V lithium-ion battery pack that delivers a NEDC-certified range of 85 km (53 mi),[36] and rated 80 km (50 mi) in the U.S.[12] Based on further development of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, the iQ EV's fully electric powertrain comprises an air-cooled, 47 kW electric motor/generator, the 12 kWh battery pack, a 3 kW water-cooled battery charger, an inverter, a DC/DC converter and a motor speed reduction mechanism. Maximum torque of 163 N⋅m (120 lb⋅ft) is delivered to the front wheels, giving the iQ EV 0–100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration of 14.0 seconds and a maximum speed of 125 km/h (78 mph). Like other Toyota full hybrid vehicles, the iQ EV is equipped with a regenerative braking system.[36]

The iQ EV has a minimum turning radius of just 4.1 m (13 ft) and with a length of 3,120 mm (122.8 in), making the iQ EV 135 mm (5.3 in) longer than a standard iQ. The electric car shares the iQ overall width of 1,680 mm (66.1 in), height of 1,505 mm (59.3 in) and wheelbase of 2,000 mm (78.7 in). High tensile sheet steel has been extensively used in the body shell construction to minimize the additional weight caused by the lithium-ion battery pack, and as a result, the iQ EV weighs just 125 kg (276 lb) more than a standard 1.3L CVT iQ.[36]

Fuel economy[edit]

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency rated the 2013 iQ EV with a combined fuel economy of 121 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPG-e) (1.9 L/100 km) with an energy consumption of 28 kW-hrs/100 miles. The city rating is 138 MPG-e (1.7 L/100 km) with an energy consumption of 24 kW-hrs/100 miles and 105 MPG-e (2.2 L/100 km) with an energy consumption of 32 kW-hrs/100 miles for highway driving.[42] As of December 2014[update], these ratings allow the 2013 iQ EV to be the second most fuel efficient EPA-certified vehicle of all fuel types considered in all years behind the BMW i3.[43][44] The iQ EV was ranked first in DOE-EPA's 2013 Annual Fuel Economy Guide.[45]

Aston Martin Cygnet[edit]

The Aston Martin Cygnet is a rebadged variant of the Toyota/Scion iQ marketed by Aston Martin beginning with model year 2011—enabling Aston Martin to comply with the 2012 European Union-imposed fleet average emissions regulations.[46][47] It was developed under the codename P298.[48]

Aston Martin Cygnet interior

The Cygnet was initially only marketed in the UK. Sales commenced in January 2011 and the market coverage was expanded to cover other European countries the following year.[49] Sales were not restricted, but demand from existing Aston Martin owners for Cygnet was expected to take priority initially. Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez announced shipping expectations of about 4000 per year at a price of about £30,000[50] – about three times as much as the iQ.[51] Bez claimed that the Cygnet demonstrated the company's "commitment to innovation and integrity", whilst respecting the need to "satisfy demands of emissions and space".[52]

The Cygnet featured revisions to the exterior and interior but shared other specifications with the iQ, having a 97 bhp (72 kW; 98 PS) 1.3L inline-four engine,[53] it produced 110 g of CO
2/km and fuel consumption of 58.9 mpg‑US (3.99 L/100 km; 70.7 mpg‑imp).[54]

In September 2013, after just over two years of production, Aston Martin announced that it would stop production of their Cygnet city car. The Cygnet has been the second shortest running production car in the history of Aston Martin after the 2012 Aston Martin Virage, which was only produced for a year.[55] The Cygnet was cancelled due to disastrously low sales, with the car reaching only 150 units in the UK (approximately 300 in total[56]) rather than its annual target of 4000.[57]

In June 2018 Aston Martin announced a one-off 4.7-litre 321 kW (430 bhp) V8 edition for a customer. It uses the engine, transmission, suspension, brakes and wheels from the Aston Martin Vantage S. New subframes and wheel arches were made to combine the body and mechanicals.[58][59]

Singulato iC3[edit]

At the 2019 Auto Shanghai show, Chinese electric vehicle brand Singulato showed off its second production car the iC3. The iC3 was created through negotiations with Toyota in order to use the platform and basic design of the iQ.[60] In return Toyota is allowed to use the Green Vehicle Credits produced by Singulato in China. The iC3 differs in design from the iQ in both the front and rear fascias.[61]


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The smart car has competition! The all-new iQ has good prospects in the sub-compact market. Scion has equipped this petite vehicle with a 1.3L 4-cylinder engine that generates 94 hp and 89 lbs.-ft. of torque paired with a CVT. The iQ’s fuel economy rating is 4.6L/100 km on the highway. Note that an electric version is expected to be released next year in the U.S.

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“This world is an awful big machine.” —Woody Guthrie, 1943

“This iQ is an awful small machine.” —Car and Driver, 2012


Manufacturers are so jittery about peddling micro subcompacts that they’ve resorted to intellectual flattery.  A thinking person would surely have purchased a TH!NK, at least before Ford lost faith in its Norwegian electric-car experiment and expelled it from class. If  you’re the brainy sort, you’d naturally opt for a Smart Fortwo, recently suspended by Roger Penske and sent off to see the stern principal, Mr. Daimler.  And now comes the Mensa bunch, whose IQs would surely route them to an iQ, at least if this latest Scion can find a class that will accept its grades. For the nonce, the iQ is standing in the A-segment hall, late for class, occasionally tapping timorously on the homeroom door.

“Can I come in, please?”

“I dunno. How come you’re so short?”

Short? Yes, indeed. The iQ is 10 feet long. If  you stood it on its tail, its nose would delicately scrape an NBA basketball rim, then, of course, the car would fall over and knock welts in the hardwood. Ten is a significant number. Bo Derek was a 10, and 10 is when many boomers go to bed. The iQ is exactly 12 inches longer than a pro billiard table, yet if you deployed four persons atop a billiard table—as you might array inside an iQ—you’d probably have the basis for an adult video. The iQ is 19.5 inches shorter than a Fiat 500. The iQ is three feet longer than the average casket, and you simply cannot fit four bodies into one casket, although if you did, the casket’s occupants presumably would not complain, yet the iQ’s probably would. If you stick your arm 21 inches out the iQ’s side window, you can touch the taillights, although it will make your shoulder hurt, and the Ann Arbor police don’t find it funny at all.

“Hey, dude, where’s the rest of  it?” shouted a pedestrian. Riotously ingenious, sir. First time we’ve heard that one.

“You  got, like, Shirley Temple in the trunk?” Ha-ha, immensely clever. Now move on, pissant.

“Who makes that car, Mattel?” Brilliant, pardner. Now toodle-oo.

The iQ’s electric power steering is light, accurate, and weights up predictably. It’s gratifying, actually. Combine that with a 6.6-foot wheelbase and you wind up with a turning diameter of less than 26 feet. During the first few days of iQ-dom, you will miss every single apex because turn-in isn’t just right damn now, it’s about four months premature. Onlookers will applaud your masterful hand-brake turns, even though you’ve never touched the hand brake. Of course, the midget wheelbase isn’t exactly an ally on interstates, where the iQ’s sense of straight ahead exhibits many of the symptoms of ADHD.

The ride is acceptably forgiving, although body motions—come on, what body?—could be better controlled. And the 16-inch Goodyears—which, as actual adult-size rubber, do much to mitigate the iQ’s acute cuteness—offer up a useful 0.81 g before succumbing to the sort of understeer known only  to captains of oil freighters. We conducted two zesty 14-mile laps around our handling loop—more fun than we expected, frankly—before conducting an interior lap of Chelsea, Michigan’s Ugly Dog vodka distillery, which included the sort of lapping that rendered us unfit for further testing.

The iQ’s 1.3-liter inline-four produces 94 horsepower and is asked to serve little more than a ton of automobile, if that’s what this is. Which makes you wonder why 60 mph arrives in a lethargic 9.6 seconds. At least that’s quicker than the CVT-equipped Nissan Versa we tested last November. Oh, boy. Did someone mention the “c” word?

In America, the iQ is offered only with a CVT because, as a Scion rep puts it, “the intended buyer will use this car in tight urban areas with hills and tight parking, and we are predicting most buyers will want a simple transmission.” Fine, but “simple” has two meanings. When you nail the throttle, the iQ’s engine annoyingly screams to, then lingers at, 5500 rpm, where the trans has been programmed to impersonate a three-speed automatic, falling twice to 4800 rpm or so—see, I’m shifting now, don’t you believe me?—right when those 700 revs would have been awfully handy for forward progress. It’s as if the development engineers couldn’t stand the yowling, either, and thus concocted a pair of brief mechanical timeouts.  At idle and at a 70-mph cruise, the iQ is noisier than any of the one-size-larger B-segment econocars we tested last November.  At WOT, it’s as noisy as the Versa.

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