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Late last week we had the opportunity to visit Manhattan Beach, California to test drive Scion‘s “smarter than Smart” iQ. Though on first glance, the iQ appears to be a micro-compact 2-seater, the vehicle actually features 4 fully functional seats and can comfortably carry 3 adults and a bit of luggage.

In our test drive, the other stand-out attribute was by and large the super-tight 12.9’ turning radius, which allows for fluid 2-lane road U-turns and hilariously fun donuts (more on that later). With a look we’ve seen before, we’re not shy to say this little whip is pretty easy on the eye as well.

The Scion iQ will be available on the West Coast of the US (and all of Canada) beginning October 1, 2011 with further US launches through to March 2012, including 10 special art car editions by the likes of Mishka, The Melvins and David Choe.

Further photos from our drive follow.

Photography: Pete Williams/

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