For a small car it doesn't have the zip or the exceptional fuel economy expected. It does not have rear disc brake or any fancy features to justify its "premium" compact branding.
The engine makes terrible noise and sounds like it has valves problems and only quiet down when warmed up, thus giving doubt to its long term reliability. The steering wheel makes scraping sounds, and brake pedal makes loud and annoying clicking sounds. Toyota technology and quality is missing in this car.
The best feature of this car is its exterior compactness and interior roominess.
Toyota is regressing and not keeping up with its competitors. Needs to improve build quality and gas engine technology.
I'm 5' 11, this gives me plenty of head/leg room! I work out of my car, so that is a important. 37 mpg both city & highway driving. That in itself is a reason to jump on in!
Turns on a dime so you can get out of even the tightest spots easily. My view in all directions is phenomenal, unlike my Mini that had blindspots. I get a lifetime plan which includes free oil changes
regular maintenance, plus, I also get roadside assistance. It
has a 3 year/36k warranty. There is a nice pull-out drawer under the passenger seat for your laptop. The power windows go completely down with 1 touch, & I also have radio controls on my steering wheel. My iPod sounds great and the bluetooth is clear & easy!
The ipod port and the ease of use. Also the push button phone answering ease, as well as, the windows!
A little more cargo space would always be nice, though I understand this is intended to be small. A glove compartment is needed, especially since we women like to have space to store our "stuff"! A roof rack would be a great option also for road trips and the ability to carry more. Though I am not complaining about the gas mileage, I am sure Scion could squeeze a few more miles per gallon out of it than 37. Otherwise, I am happy!!
I've owned em all. Traded in a truck for this. I bought $25 bucks worth of gas on my way to work Thursday, went to work Friday, after work, the get gas light came on. I had IT!! I was near the Toyota dealer, went by and looked at the Scions, my daughter has one, looked at the IQ, learned it was the cheapest to maintain over 3 years, said fine, take this truck, give me this car.
Off i went. (had to continue below)
Just got back from playing up in the new fallen snow, it was kinda fun, all the safety stuff going off, brakes pulsating, kind of fun, only complaint, i was trying to pass a Volkswagen stuck, and well, when you read the fine print, the car will stop you from moving up hill if your not getting any traction. (this is all the safety stuff, power to wheels, braking this, power to that). The car will not give me any power, even floored, so it was kind of disappointing. I had to turn around. The car would probably have made it up the road, but with all the safety deals, it wouldn't let me, first time in my life a car said NO to me. Might have been a good thing, but..
the knob for the climate controls seem kinda cheap, choice of floor mats. I would like the all season ones, i know these carpets are going to grab every piece of dirt, id rather i could just yank them out with and clean them with a little water.
What else, nothing really. I mean nothing, I'm getting awesome mileage, like 32-40 when I'm milaging, so what is there to complain about?
We drove this car from NJ to Oregon and it only cost
$344!! We use this car mostly to get around town,food shopping,movies,and short commute to work...we put about $20 worth of gas in it every 2 weeks!
Great car for getting around in and also handled well on a cross country trip. Has just enough space for us and the little dog. I love this little car! Turning radius is great. If I had the money I'd have it painted to look like a rollerskate! We love the superskate. I laughed the first few weeks when I'd open the front door and see it.
Now I laugh at how little we pay for gas. Only problem..I wish the put the clock where both people could see it.
I was attracted to the iQ for the gas mileage at the onset, but quickly grew to admire the little car. The final decision to buy my iQ was made when my wife asked my children; 'What car do you see your dad driving?' The answer made my choice clear; 'The iQ'
So I'm now driving a nice purple iQ with the following at time of purchase:
Lowering Springs, Anti Sway Bar, Fog lights, Spoiler
I put in the following aftermarket: Pioneer AVIC Z140BH, Injen Cold Air Intake
I love my little iQ. It's peppy and handles very very well. I'm mostly happy with the gas mileage, knowing that it will get better as I break in the engine.
The ride is smooth (esp with the lowering springs and sway bar) and much bigger than the size.
I love the way the car handles. You do feel very connected to the road.
To quiet all of the comments, Scion absolutely needs to offer a 5-speed manual transmission.
That alone would make this car legend... wait for it... ary.