June 26, 2012 |
Consumer Reports is panning the tiny Toyota-built Scion iQ subcompact car in its latest round of auto reviews. The magazine said it found the Scion to be “slow, uncomfortable and noisy, among other drawbacks. With a road test score of 29, it joins the ranks of the lowest-scoring cars Consumer Reports has tested in recent years.” “While the iQ's fuel economy is good within its class, it requires drivers to endure a lot of trade-offs just to save at the pump. Its $16,205 sticker price is no bargain either,” said David Champion, who heads the Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.
October 19, 2012 |
Scion's tiniest car is going green. Toyota's youth-oriented brand has announced it will make about 90 all-electric versions of its thumbnail-sized iQ minicar for use in car-share programs (like ZipCar) in cities and campuses around the U.S. While the pint-sized gas version we tested in October 2011 was never a particularly thirsty car (it's rated at 37 mpg in both city and highway driving), dropping an electric drivetrain into a car like this makes plenty of sense. Electric cars have an excellent range when driven in cities because the frequent starting and stopping gives the regenerative brakes ample opportunity to recharge the batteries.
October 26, 2011 |
When thinking about the all-new iQ microcar's origins, imagine engineers at Scion and parent company Toyota Motor Corp. grabbing a shrink ray and going to work downsizing a normal-size hatchback. They shrank the engine; they shrank the cargo space; they shrank the overall footprint. Then the ray went missing, and they were never able to shrink the price. The result is a tiny get-about that surprises you with its charm and livability but also with a sticker price of more than $20,000 for the loaded version I tested.
September 30, 2010 |
Like the Boy Scouts, the waiting line for a midnight release of Halo or tractor trailer-pulling contests, Scion's new 2011 tC is pretty much for the guys. Or so the company would have you think. At the San Diego media launch for the second generation of this coupe, Scion described the styling elements the company aimed for when designing the new tC. Terms like "masculine," "aggressive" and "bold" were used so often, you'd think they were describing Mr. Olympia driving in a monster-truck rally.
July 26, 2008 |
Toyota is raising the U.S. price of its Prius hybrid by $500 for the 2009 model. Toyota Motor Corp.'s U.S. sales unit said the suggested retail price for a Prius will rise 2.2%. Base prices will range from $22,000 for the standard Prius to $24,270 for a touring model. The Japanese carmaker also announced new prices for a dozen other Toyota and Scion models, with an average increase of $181. Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand, announced higher prices for four vehicles as well.
April 10, 2008
Re "The Scots show their true colors," Opinion, April 5 As a proud scion of Scottish immigrants, I take exception to Sean Connery's viewpoint. Scotland has been the crown jewel of the United Kingdom for hundreds of years. The current prime minister of Great Britain is a Scot, and he is by no means the first. The United Kingdom has been one of the greatest nations in world history, and Scotland has done more than its share to make it so. Scotland does not need "independence" from itself.