Looking to draw attention to Toyota UK’s newest, most fuel-efficient addition to the family, Toyota UK launched the Toyota iQ Hypermiling Challenge, intended to promote the amazing fuel-sipping abilities of the micro Toyota iQ. Pitting the 2-door iQ against the comparable smart ForTwo, Toyota engineers mapped out an 18-city road trip designed to emphasize the iQ’s real-world practicality, subjecting the Polly Pocket-sized vehicle to both desirable highway driving as well as harsh, stop-and-go city driving.
Dedicated to completing their fuel-efficient feat by the safest means possible, the iQ team pledged to refrain from participating in a few of the more dangerous activities most hypermilers are known (and subsequently hated) for. “We’ve set ourselves a couple of rules,” reported the team before the trip. “Driving slowly saves fuel, but our route includes motorways and A-roads where driving too slowly is dangerous. We’ll keep up a safe speed at all times. We’ll obey all road traffic rules, and respect red lights. Using car electrics can have a small impact on fuel consumption, but headlights and demisters are essential for safety, and SatNav’s a great hand for finding landmarks. We’ll use them all whenever necessary.”
Charting a course that extended slightly beyond the Toyota iQ’s posted limits, the team acknowledged that the auxiliary fuel supply they packed in the event of an emergency would almost certainly have to be used in order to complete the last leg. Impressively, although the iQ’s 32-liter (8.5 gallon) fuel tank only lists an average of 462 miles-per-tank, the Hypermiling team was able to cover 504.2 miles on a single tank, averaging 59.42 mpg US.
Source: Toyota UK