Small cars such as the Mini Cooper or Fiat 500 have a cuteness that makes them seem like toys. You should be able to buy them 10 to a pack from the shelf next to the gas station cash register. And the Scion iQ looks more toylike than any car on the market.
Its wheels and headlights seem too big for its body. The wraparound rear window belongs on a concept car. The windshield overwhelms the front. The iQ is too stubby, and seems like one of Hot Wheels' wilder designs.
But the iQ packs some surprising utility. At a glance, you would assume this 10-foot-long car is, like a Smart, a two-seater. But it actually does have a rear seat. Scion calls it 3+1 seating, as the left rear seat, behind the driver, only gets leg space if the driver is very short. … Read more