17 worst cars you can buy
Worst Hatchback - 2014 Scion iQ: This could've gone to the Smart as well, but in the interest of variety, the nearly-as-diminutive Scion iQ is still mightily deserving of this title. Now, we will certainly commend Toyota for its engineering abilities here, as the iQ truly is a marvel of vehicle packaging. By moving the passenger-side dash and firewall forward, there's theoretically enough room for two passengers to occupy the right-side seats in this "2+1" hatchback. There is also something to be said for its ability to fit in many of the same tiny parking spots as the Smart does, but with a proper transmission.
Nevertheless, there's something about the iQ that's utterly terrifying. The crash ratings and generous airbag count indicate it's safe, but we don't live in the crowded confines of Tokyo. Here in America, even the most congested urban areas are filled with irate Crown Victoria-driving cabbies and oblivious Suburban-driving soccer moms waiting to pulverize this little Scion like the bug it resembles. On the highway, should you dare to venture, the iQ lacks the stability and substantial feeling of other pocket cars like the
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Let us also not forget that the iQ spawned the Aston Martin Cygnet, which is a crime against all that is dignified in this world.