Tiny Cars Named ‘iQ’ and ‘Smart’


The Detroit Bureau - July 26, 2012

Does it really mat­ter how small a micro car is? Small is small. But writer insists the Scion iQ, 14.5 inches longer than the Smart car, afford­ing a tiny back seat – mak­ing it a two-and-a-half seater, pos­si­bly three.

The lat­est iQ has many ameni­ties, includ­ing an optional touch-screen Pio­neer stereo. There’s more to like!

The radio sits high on top of the cen­ter con­sole, in a sort of float­ing piece that looks a bit like a B-2 Stealth bomber fly­ing above the dash.

The car han­dles well enough on local roads. Not sur­pris­ingly, the steer­ing is go-kart quick. The ride is accept­able; about as good as one could expect from a car with a wheel­base of less than 79 inches. On the free­way, the car tends to feel a lit­tle ner­vous, as if one of the semis in the next lane were think­ing about eat­ing it for lunch.