Going Hands-On With the Toyota i-Road is a Ton of Fun


Toyota i-Road

The Toyota i-Road at the Chicago Auto Show

One look at the Toyota i-Road is enough to tell you that it isn’t even trying to be like other cars. And why should it be? Conventional cars are big, unwieldy, expensive to operate, and they get stuck in traffic in nearly every major city. Jennifer Jolly, consumer tech contributor at US Today, got to go hands-on with the Toyota i-Road and declared she’d never had so much fun.

With a quirky appearance more reminiscent of a toy than a car, a range of just 30 miles per charge, and a top speed of only 37 miles per hour, the i-Road may seem like an odd solution to many of the automotive conundrums that we face today.

But there is no denying that it is a solution. Toyota designed the i-Road with short commutes in mind. It’s essentially the car-version of a motorbike—easy to navigate in busy city streets, but also safer, and easier and more convenient to use. The learning curve is practically nil and you’ll never get your hair wet.

It’s unlikely the i-Road will appear at Muller Toyota any time in the foreseeable future, but it’s still nice to see Toyota’s creative minds at work!

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