The 2013 Scion iQ is most often compared to the Smart ForTwo, and for good reason.
They have similar proportions, they really can only be used as two-seaters by adults, and both get EPA ratings of 36 mpg or above.
The Smart, though, is now an old design, and its three-cylinder engine is located in the rear, powering the rear wheels.
Above the $16,000 level, the Fiat 500 and MINI Cooper cost a few thousand more, but add large doses of retro personality and stylish charm--and feel much more like 'real' cars.
Then there are two competitors in Toyota's own showrooms: the Yaris is an inexpensive gasoline car that offers more space for people and cargo at the same price, and the Prius C delivers genuine 50-mpg fuel efficiency for about $3,500 more.
Both the Yaris and the C were new for 2012, and more comfortable and peppy on the highway.
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