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Old 07-01-2010, 01:03 AM   #1
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Who will get the Scion iQ?

I'm curious to see how many people are going to be getting the Scion iQ when it finally hits our shores this year, either as a trade in or accompanying car. I've been eagerly awaiting its arrival until I noticed a few things with the US model:

  • Edit: 1.33 engine without start-stop system like Euro model
  • Same width as the Yaris (66.1 inches)
  • Same steering wheel as Yaris instead of non-symmetric one in Euro version.
  • No manual transmission, CVT only
  • Smaller and harder to use radio controls compared to Euro model
  • Probably starting around $14,000, to fit the "premium" small car niche occupied by Smart car
  • No glove compartments/pouches on dash, like in Euro model
I obtained this data from a bunch of different sources online and from Toyota. I'm kind of bummed now that I see it for what it is: a shortened Yaris with less practical use, higher price and negligibly better fuel economy. What do you guys think? Who plans on getting one?

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Old 07-01-2010, 01:19 AM   #2
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  • Edit: 1.33 engine without start-stop system like Euro model
  • Same width as the Yaris (66.1 inches)
  • Same steering wheel as Yaris instead of non-symmetric one in Euro version.
  • No manual transmission, CVT only
  • Smaller and harder to use radio controls compared to Euro model
  • Probably starting around $14,000, to fit the "premium" small car niche occupied by Smart car
  • No glove compartments/pouches on dash, like in Euro model
I obtained this data from a bunch of different sources online and from Toyota. I'm kind of bummed now that I see it for what it is: a shortened Yaris with less practical use, higher price and negligibly better fuel economy. What do you guys think? Who plans on getting one?
I'm already discouraged. I paid only $12.5K new for my Yaris and still got more features, like OEM alloys and Power Package. Sorry, have to pass on this.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:10 AM   #3
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A shortened Yaris with less practical use, higher price and negligibly better fuel economy.
That's exactly what it is.

The higher price is (in Europe at least) backed up by better equipment than the Yaris. The iQ is not offered in basic level so even the cheapest ones get 15'' alloys, tinted glass, A/C, leather steering wheel w/ audio controls, leather shifter, remote central locking, electric windows, MP3/CD audio w/ 6 speakers and AUX in, heated seats, 50/50 rear seat and traction control- most of which is not standard on the Yaris.

As for fuel consumption, mileage for the iQ is 20% better than for a Yaris with the same engine.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:28 AM   #4
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We are reading everything we can find about the IQ... the smaller exterior dimensions & 1.3 L/CVT seem to be exactly what we will be looking for.

Our Colorado will be paid off in 10 more payments... I will never finance for 72 months again. We have found the 4x4 CC to be very dependable (oil changes, brake pads & shoes, TB cleanings... all DIY with Coloradofans.com assistance) & intend on keeping it as a second driver for the 3 months of snow we get. As a homeowner... the utility of a pickup is nice to have at times also. At that time we will look at the IQ and Yaris to see which makes more sense for us as a primary driver.

The decision between IQ, Yaris, & certified Yaris will ultimately be the bottom line. Like I said, I do not want to finance for 72 months again... will stick to 36-48 months as a limit.
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:36 PM   #5
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Let's see:

- MORE expensive
- LESS power
- LESS space
- NO manual

Hmmmm... probably stick with my paid for used Yaris. Nice car but not really worth upgrading.
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:42 PM   #6
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:37 PM   #7
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Let's see:

- MORE expensive
- LESS power
- LESS space
- NO manual

Hmmmm... probably stick with my paid for used Yaris. Nice car but not really worth upgrading.
...I think you meant downgrading?

Seems like that'd be like "upgading" from an Avalon to a Corolla...
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:39 PM   #8
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... well yeah. Upgrading in terms of newer and more "premium" I guess.

In every other sense I suppose it is a downgrade.
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:46 PM   #9
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...yeah, not sharpshootin' ya there...

Now, going to a '10 or '11 Yaris liftback with a power package... it's got a tach! Upgrade!
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:54 PM   #10
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No worries. A tach would be an upgrade for sure tho!
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:05 PM   #11
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Hmm No! I wont get the IQ period. Im stuck with my yaris forever lol.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:26 AM   #12
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I may buy one...the Yaris is too big for what I need.
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:14 PM   #13
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What do you mean the Yaris is too big? what size is right for you? A bicycle?
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:42 PM   #14
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What do you mean the Yaris is too big? what size is right for you?
I don't really need a back seat all that often, nor a trunk for that matter. The split fold-down seats on the iQ would work better for me....rear seat up for a passenger or two, seat down (one or both) for my bike, trip to Home Depot, or other stuff. Perfect flexibility.

Wheels at the corner and a smaller turning radius are also attractive iQ features...I'm looking forward to a test drive.
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Old 07-06-2010, 02:56 PM   #15
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I'll sell you my Tracker for $2000 its got a small turning radius and its a hardtop convertible plus its 4X4
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:34 PM   #16
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This one looks very interesting! though I love my Yaris and won't trade.

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Old 07-06-2010, 04:40 PM   #17
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weird lookin. its cool though i guess.
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Old 07-06-2010, 05:06 PM   #18
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I'll sell you my Tracker
It's too big, too....besides, I like a lower COG.

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