Looks like the seat cushion airbag prevents you from sliding forward or submarining under the seatbelt:
And the rear curtain airbag:
Video reviews are out:
The bulk TP test is impressive. The little nook behind the "rear" seats is a nice touch. I would like to know more about the airbag under the front seat cushion Maybe the bag is under the front edge, the thigh portion of the cushion so you won't submarine under the belt during a crash?
The Smart Four Two still has an edge in a couple of areas. The Smart is still smaller so it's easier to park than the iQ. A certain parking garage chain in Manhattan has a deal where all Smarts gets a automatic 50% discount. Also, the Smart has replaceable plastic body panels. A huge plus in a urban environment. I'm sure insurance companies like that too.
I'd prefer manual and I'm interested in driving it.
Previously: 4 Honda Fits, 7 Ford Mustangs, '08 Honda Element, '03 Nissan 350Z, '97 Honda Accord, '99 Volvo V70, '69 VW Transporter, '09 Triumph Street Triple R, '02 Ranger, '99 Ranger, and a bunch of watercooled VWs
Looks like they are just now hitting the Midwest as I just saw one on the lot of the local Toyota/Scion dealer on my way home from work.
They have 2 in stock:
Base for $16,330
Better-equipped with CD player and alloy wheels for $18,079
Seems like that puts them above Yaris prices
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Mini is substantially more money and the Sonic isn't as small. I do wonder how it drives compared to the 500, though. I know the interior is an attractive one, though I've not driven the 500 so maybe the seats are as non-supportive as people make them out to be.
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$18k for this just made my goddamn eyelid twitch. For what earthly reason would anyone one go for this over the 500, let alone the the half dozen B-segment cars that cost exactly the same and offer more of nearly everything?
lol, and the next size car up in the Scion lineup, the xD, starts at a whopping $70 more and can actually carry passengers and cargo, has more power, a manual gearbox, and probably gets the same MPG.
1. No manual no care
2. Call me when this thing tops out at $12K.
Unfortunately the number of people who will buy a car based on its parking size is pretty small. But on the flip side, if gas prices go to $5 a gallon, Scion will sell a TON of them to people too stupid they could get a much bigger car for the same price that gets almost the same mileage.
Originally Posted by alleghenyman
Holy crap. I was sort of considering one of these for my work car but I just watched that video and it takes almost 12 seconds to get to 60!? That's crazy. I know the motor only makes 95hp or whatever it is but that's crazy. It only weighs 2100 lbs.
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Really interested in buying... went to Scion "Build My Own" page.... NO MANUAL....
Really Toyota? No manual? it's the only car in the lineup that doesn't offer a manual! AND it's the entry level model! WTF?!
NO CARE ANYMORE!
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Welp, I got one.
And to blow your minds even more I traded my RX8 in on it.
Went out test driving econo cars and just liked it.
Lots of room for room up front for driver and passenger. It can fit 3 adults thanks to lots of leg room up front and a passenger seat the that slides way up. 4 full size adults could be done for a quick trip.
It drives much better than I thought it would, the electric power steering in good, has better feel than the Kia's I have driven. It's got some dive when on the brakes but corners flatter and more composed than I expected. It's gets choppy on the rough roads but any super short wheelbase car is going to have that.
Interior is subject to personal opinion, HVAC controls are easy to use while wearing gloves, base stereo has USB input, 3.5mm aux input, blue tooth hands free calling and music streaming, HD radio and CD/MP3/WMA.
Other than just saying I like it, it is a little hard finding any stellar selling points on paper to impress the arm chair dash strokers of internet car forums but it takes me back to being 16 and having my first car. It's qurky, slow but not dangerous, 0-60 in 12 seconds sounds like forever and a day but its not bad and plenty for normal driving. Sure it doesn't take turns like the RX8 but I get a big grin on my face going through them with the feeling at being closer to the limit but at a much more reasonible speed.
A five or six speed would be more fun, but the CVT does ok. In drive the throttle feels very muted and is setup for max MPG but flicking the shifter over to sport sharpens the throttle and holds rpm up more in the power range making the car very peppy when it needs to be.
The whole idea of buying this car was to save some money and have reliable transportation under warranty, filled up for the first time and the pump clicked off at $25 bucks. I will be saving about $100-120 in gas every month and another $25 in insurance. 95% of the time its just me driving alone or just the wife and I. I can fit the car seats much better in the back of the IQ than the narrow bucket seats of the RX8 when I got to pick up my nieces.
Ive got a motorcycle for summer fun and a old pickup for dirty work and now a fun strange little car to drive when I cant ride.
Crazy price is crazy. Seriously; that's "real" car territory. It's not hard to work your way in to not only more practical economy cars but even into REAL car sized cars like a Corolla or Elantra at that price point. For $12k they'd have lines out the door. At $18k I totally am not seeing the value.
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