2010 Toyota iQ – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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2010 Toyota iQ

Betting big on with its new econocar, Toyota after both sides of the

Toyota didn’t get where it is biggest, richest car company on the taking chances. With the exception of the Prius hybrid, styling is conservative to the point of And aside from its hybrid Japan’s automotive giant is an innovator.

The trend toward in both cars and engines, to be in Toyota’s favor. But although the has plenty of economical babies in its portfolio, it lacks a premium Mercedes’ Smart brand and Mini have shown the that small cars have to be cheap.

Toyota wants a part of expanding niche, and the iQ is its contender. It is that the concept emerged not Japan but from Toyota’s design center, located in

The new iQ brings both style and Its size dictated both: a of 117.5 inches, a mere inches longer than the Fortwo, but unlike the Smart, the iQ four. The most admirable about the iQ is its packagingthe way in which the parts have been to gain passenger space.

The iQ is a conventional transverse-engine, front-wheel-drive but the gearbox has been arranged so the differential housing is located in front of, rather than the engine. The starter motor is into the compact flywheel, and the rack is mounted up high. A air conditioner fits into a pod up at the center of the dashboard, which the fire wall to be moved to increase cabin length.

The dashboard is asymmetrical, and on the passenger it is cut almost completely away so the passenger sits farther than the driver, allowing legroom for the rear-seat passenger. The tank is shallow and housed the floor, reducing the rear

Space in the front seats seem small because the iQ is (66.1 inches) than the minicar. There isn’t room in the back; the space a tall driver is suitable for a child’s seat. And with aboard, there is really no to put any luggage. The rear seats are close to the liftgate, creating a hazardous situation in a rear-end

Toyota has thought about and provides a curtain airbag deploys from behind the seatsin all, the iQ has nine

A drive showed that the iQ much like other small cars and is without the of the Fortwo. The short wheelbase for a choppy ride, but otherwise the car refined and grown up.

The models to be sold in Japan and include a 67-hp, 1.0-liter engine and a 1.4-liter diesel, shared with the European and Yaris. Later, the iQ will get a new gasoline four-cylinder, the engine will power the U.S.-bound iQ. 100-hp engine should the 1900-pound iQ to deliver fuel of about 40 mpg.

Eventually, the will find its way into Toyota products, as will the platform, which is expected to the next Yaris.

The iQ will likely be priced $20,000 when it goes on in Europe in January 2009. Its depends less on its practicality, accommodation, and ease of parking and on whether it will appeal to the that have embraced and the Smart. Will they to pay more for less?

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