CNET First Look
Toyota i-Road is a real head-turnerNot only does the electric Toyota i-Road turn heads, but the car itself turns in a very unique way, shifting its front suspension to lean into corners.
[MUSIC] And when Cunningham driving Toyota's i-Road electric car. Actually electric car is. It's really not quite the right thing to say. This is really a three wheeler, and it's a very unique three wheeler. It actually leans into the turns. It's got two wheels in front, one wheel in the rear, and when you go through a corner, it just leans over as you steer. You don't actually have to lean yourself. It does all the leaning for you. It's a very unique kind of style and that helps it keep traction. Helps it handle the turns very easily. I'm really blown away by how this car handles. When you're turning slowly, the back end sort of comes out for you and it makes you feel like you're very. Very smooth driver. And then when you go faster in the corners, it does this graceful leaning over thing that's really, really amazing. I mean, tell me it's got a little bit of traction control worked in if you're on a slippery surface, and it also, when you're going too fast on a corner, it'll actually kinda vibrate the steering wheel and slow down a little bit for you too. To be honest, it's not that fast either. it. And it only goes about 37 miles per hour. And it's got a range of maybe 30 miles. It's a fairly small electric battery pack, it's got two electric motors in the front wheels, each is two kilowatts. And so it won't take off. Really took me fast. It' a small vehicle. It's kind of a one plus one seater and the idea is that it's a last mile transportation or neighborhood electric vehicle. Toyota isn't selling these in the U.S. yet. Actually they're not selling them anywhere anywhere yet. They've got some test markets. They've got a test market in Grenoble, France. They're testing them in Tokyo and they're thinking of testing them in the United States. That's why they brought them here for us to take a look at and try out. [MUSIC]