#4- Scion iQ
Before the Scion iQ was a Scion, it was the Toyota iQ Concept car. Toyota entrusted the designers over at Five Axis (based out of California, USA) to do all the design work that would become the Scion iQ introduced at the 2009 New York Auto Show. When it came out, the Scion iQ was literally the smallest car for sale next to the SMART car. With a base price of $15,995, it was the quintessential city car.
Power came courtesy of Toyota’s 1NR-Fe 1.3 Liter engine that put out a just 94 HP and 89 lb-ft. With a 36/37 MPG city/highway, fuel mileage was one of its more redeeming qualities. A standard CVT meant that if you went outside City limits on the highway, that CVT would peg the motor up to 6,000 RPM to accelerate and get up to freeway speeds. But once on the highway, its on-road manners at high speed weren’t all that bad when compared to smaller cars like the Fiat 500 and SMART car.
Did you know…
- The Aston Martin Cygnet is a rebadged Scion IQ. In order to meet 2012 European Union-imposed fleet average emission regulations, Aston Martin took the easy way out and spec’d a Scion to their liking. Aston Martin set lofty goals of selling 4,000 units. They only sold 150.
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