Today, with the introduction of the Scion iQ for 2011, the Smart Fortwo now has a competitor. The Scion iQ is a renamed version of the Euro Toyota iQ minicar. The Scion configuration has minor changes like darker headlights. The Scion name, attractive wheels, and nice features position the vehicle in line with the xB and the tC.
Toyota identifies its iQ as the smallest 4-seater on offer today, but in truth, your passengers may have trouble squeezing into the back seat area. The iQ has a 3-plus-1 seating configuration. The passenger seat and driver seat in the front are offset. The front passenger seat doesn't compromise the back seat area, but the back of the driver seat does. If the rear seats are folded you can squeeze in a couple of golf bags.
The iQ is a foot longer than the Smart Fortwo. It has a four cylinder motor while the Fortwo only offers a three cylinder engine. The iQ sports the 1.3-L 4-cylinder motor joined to a CVT that powers the car's front wheels when in motion. Next Page »