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It's a small world in Scion's new iQ

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 03:34 PM

The new, tiny-tot Scion iQ is all about numbers. So let's start counting the ways you might fall in love with this, the world's smallest four-seater.

10. That's its length, in feet, from nose to tail. That makes it over 2 feet shorter than a Mini, and 19 inches shorter than the pint-sized Fiat 500 — perfect for squeezing into the teeniest of parking spaces.

Then there's 3+1. That's how Toyota describes the iQ's seating configuration. By moving the fascia on the passenger side forward to create more space, it provides just enough knee room for a grown-up to sit in the back. The rear seat behind the driver is best-suited for a youngster.

94. That's the horsepower the iQ's iddy-biddy 1.3-liter four-cylinder cranks out. And it's enough to make the iQ feel zippy around town and allow it to cruise at a comfy 70-plus mph on the freeway.

36. As in miles per gallon. That's the impressive city mileage of the Scion, with 37 mpg its EPA highway figure. And there's an "Eco Drive" gauge on the dash with a bar of indicators to let you know how economically you're driving.

25.8. That's the iQ's absolutely amazing turning radius. That's only two-and-a-half times its own length. U-turns have never been this easy. See a parking space and you sweep right in. London taxicabs aren't this nimble.

11. Believe it or not, that's the number of airbags squeezed into this skateboard-sized Scion. And it includes the world's first rear-window airbag to give added protection to those in the back.

And finally, $15,995. That's the iQ's base price, including destination. No, it's not the cheapest small car out there, and the sticker can climb to $20-grand with extras.

But if you're looking for a fun, flexible head-spinning city car, the Scion iQ's numbers certainly stack up.

Tampa-based auto writer Howard Walker can be reached at walkweb@verizon.net.

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