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Fuel economy: High 30s mpg (no EPA estimates available at publication)
While it may fall into the microcar segment, the sporty little Scion iQ is 14 inches longer than a smart fortwo and it seats four, though rear-seat passengers will be most comfortable if they are children who don't need much leg-room. Sold in other parts of the world as a Toyota, the 2011 Scion iQ will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2011.
Its diminutive size will make it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market, achieving fuel economy in the "high 30s," according to Scion. No price has been officially announced for this model.
Powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that will produce "at least 90 horsepower," according to Scion, standard features include air conditioning, steering wheel mounted controls, and a stereo system with USB and MP3 connectivity. It's also loaded with safety features including an electronic stability system, traction control, antilock brakes and 10 air bags. Among those is the world's first rear-window curtain air bag, which protects rear passengers heads from impacting the rear window in a collision.