Patrick Osborn

World’s Smallest 4-seater at Houston Autoshow

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The World's Smallest 4-seater/Photo: Brent Clanton

The World’s Smallest 4-seater/Photo: Brent Clanton

The Houston Auto Show is open, running through Sunday in the Reliant Center, with something for everyone, big and small.
I had the opportunity to see for myself whether Scion’s boast it’s new 2013 IQ sub-compact was, indeed, the “World’s Smallest 4-Seater,” as claimed.

I must admit — it’s pretty small.

The 2013 Scion IQ boasts a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine with 94/hp and an estimated 37mpg. It seats 4./Photo: Brent Clanton

The 2013 Scion IQ boasts a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine with 94/hp and an estimated 37mpg. It seats 4./Photo: Brent Clanton

“Engagement Specialist” Christina Helena explained the in’s-and-out’s of the IQ, and the magic behind that claim.

With 78.3 cubic-feet of passenger space, it is tiny; and there’s only 3-1/2 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are in their upright position.

“You move the passenger seat up, so that you’re sitting ahead of the driver, and that allows room in the back for another full-sized person,” Helena said. “I call it a three-plus-one.”

And she’s right.

Behind a driver my size (5’8″ and shrinking), there’s not much leg room unless you’re 3′ 6″ tall.

Munchkin-size.

Still, “Pure-priced” in the ‘teens, and packed with standard goodies–and achieving a combined mileage estimate of 37-mpg, the Scion does have some appeal.
You can see it the rest of the week at The Houston Autoshow, in the back, next to the Lexuses.
Or is that “Lexii?”

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