2016 Scion iM & iA: Decent little cars that will soon be Toyotas

Here’s where I show my age: I long for the days of yore when cars were named Nova, Pinto and Gremlin. Can it be that it was all so simple then, as Barbra Streisand used to sing? Needless to say,…

2015 Scion FR-S Is A Great Hipster Sportscar, Little Else

In short, the 2015 Scion FR-S is a sporty little coupe that is affordable and attractive and looks like a pretty sporty, peppy car, one that will impress friends and the occasional vagrant that one often sees in a hip…

2013 Scion iQ: World’s Smallest “Four-Seater”?

Scion calls its tiny iQ “the world’s smallest four-seater”, which is like calling a tent with a zipper porch “the world’s smallest mansion”. It’s a stretch for a car that is so shrunken. The back seat is more like a padded shelf, barely large enough for an elf and his iPad. But unlike the iQ’s closest competitor, the Smart fortwo, there’s at least a backseat — and a lot more.

2012 Scion iQ: Driven

During the media drive of the 2012 Scion iQ, an auto journalist leaned over and said, “I guess this is the future” with a notable lack of enthusiasm. Stretching only 120.1 inches in length – and seemingly as wide as it is long – the iQ has a squat stance and, yes, it does look pretty futuristic. Yet from the deflated tone of this fellow’s comment, my guess is that he’s referring to the iQ’s modest 94-horsepower engine and extreme packaging solutions for passengers and cargo.

Highlights Of The 2011 New York International Auto Show

This year at the New York International Auto Show, the theme we repeatedly heard more than any other was fuel economy—or to be more precise, 40 mpg fuel economy. Auto makers, both foreign and domestic, rolled out a number of…

Battle of the Boxes

I remember countless hours spent as a child playing in a box. Yes, a standard-issue cardboard box. If it was raining or too cold outside, my mother would pull out a box from the closet and the fun ensued. To add context to this story, our TV was B&W, there were only three channels and computers and video games were things of the distant future. So if there was nothing suitable on TV and Mother couldn’t send us outside to play (or lock us in the dog pen – true story), we had to entertain ourselves and, gasp(!), we used our imaginations.

2009 Scion xB

2009 Scion xB
2010 Kia Soul

2010 Kia Soul
2009 Nissan Cube

2009 Scion xB

The Refrigerator The Scion xB is the oldest of this group and the one that started it all in 2004. The first iteration was a direct translation of a Japanese domestic product that helped launch Toyota’s Scion brand. The success…

Scion’s xB Goes to 5.0

Scion’s growing up — and this year it’s all the way up to 5. Toyota’s youth division says its new xB Release Series 5.0 is the first special edition of the new year and Gaywheels has the details on how Scion’s blinging in 2008.

2008 Scion tC

West Hollywood ho: Gaywheels’ newest writer tunes in with Scion’s sexy coupe. by Michele Fleury That nearly-WNBA-ready rear legroom was the first of many surprises this small but intelligently designed car had in store for me. Navigating the 101 and…

2008 Scion xB

Re-Thinking the Box by Joe LaMuraglia Have you ever met someone and immediately disliked them only to become BFFs later on? It was a similar story with me and the new 2008 Scion xB. Like a good looking guy that…