I buught this IQ with the idea it got great MPG. Sadly i averaged about 27mph. I looked on Google and found others with the same complaint. 27MPG and a tiny car? It kinda makes the whole concept silly. I returned the car with 100 miles and was very angry. I got a Prius C instead.
The back seats touch the front seats, having NO place to put your feet/legs. You cannot fold the backseats with out removing the headrests and leaving them home. I don't understand why it even has backseats. Maybe so they can Claim it can carry 4?
There is no luggage room, again you need to fold backseats to have storage room. I suggest removing them out of the car completely as they have zero function.
I liked the touch screen radio.
Fix the mileage, car this size should get 40+ not 27 like i did. Remove backseats, or make them functional.
I decided to buy this car in Los Angeles and drive it back to NYC. I almost purchased a Lexus LX 470...then i realized that there was no way i would ever find parking in the City. So I drove the southern route all the way back to NYC. I averaged about 36 mpg and was going 70 to 85 the entire way. it felt good on the hwy - it felt like any other small car. i rented a mini cooper the week before i purchased the 2013 IQ, and the mini was much more cramped, and 2+ feet longer. when i drove into nyc, i found a pkg spot very quickly, and have parked where no other cars could fit 4 out of 5 times. it is great!
Every time i look at this car i think it looks cute, great design. my wife looks good in it. the interior seats feel good.
i think a little bigger engine, and a little heavier would be good, but not necessary. the length is perfect.
The comment by the editor that there are larger cars at the same price is hilarious. The whole idea about this car is being small. People like me want a tiny car to zip around. Only problem is that the car doesn't zip very much. And for a tiny car the fuel economy is not much better than my Mazda CX-5 SUV. The engine sounds like there are loose marbles inside at startup, and also makes other uninspiring noises from time to time. The brake pedal makes loud annoying clicking noise (normal noise, according to Toyota). It doesn't offer a lot of features for the money. The only good thing about it is the tiny size.
Tiny size, interior room.
Manual transmission, better fuel economy, more refined engine (take a look at Mazda), all-wheel disc brake.
I drive alone 99.9% of the time. I want the best value, the best MPG, the best zippy performance (I don't need a race car- I just want to zip around town, hitting corners fast and going up steep grades at 80+MPH when the mood strikes me), I want my phone, including all it does (Pandora Radio, podcasts, online streaming news radio, navigation system, etc.) to work seamlessly, I want a comfortable interior, I want to use regular gasoline, to be surrounded by airbags, and I don't want a car that looks fun and not like everyone else's car. The Scion iQ is the only one that offers ALL of this. The Fiat couldn't take the hills, gets 7MPG less and requires premium fuel and costs more...
I love that if I go on www.fueleconomy.gov that my car has the best MPG without being a hybrid, a diesel, or an electric car while giving me everything that I want. However, the thing I love the most is how fun it is to drive.
I have had Tundra for years which has been fabulous. So despite Toyota's issues in the last several years, I am still sold on Toyota's reliability and expect the same from the iQ. I can't say that about any others in this tiny little car class.
The only thing I would change is others tell me they can't hear me as well on the phone. I hear them just fine. Seems something needs to be corrected. Also, there is a shelf like cubby, I presume it was designed for the phone, but I don't find it useful for that or anything else. I would prefer some differently designed cubby.