Toyota introduced the Scion xA into the market in 2004 in order to capture younger drivers. The 2005 Scion xA is a four-door hatchback that offers a sporty design but fails to deliver the power of a sports car, with a meager 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. The xA comes standard with a four-speed automatic transmission and an engine capable of producing 108 horsepower (hp) with 105 lb-ft of torque.
Most consumer reviews of the 2005 Scion xA rave about the vehicle’s moderate cost, impressive fuel economy, and tendency to need only the usual repairs that most vehicles require. Without having to spend money on costly repairs, the low price point of the sedan hatchback becomes even more attractive. Most owners also lauded the xA’s hatch space and overall reliability, which are additional bonuses to the Scion hatchback.
Considering the overall value, all of the standard features, and the great fuel economy, the 2005 Scion xA is a smart choice for anyone that wants to buy a cute, compact hatchback without spending a fortune.
Body Styles: sedan hatchback
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Scion xA
In 2005, Scion introduced a limited-edition model called the xA Release Series 1.0. This package included red paint, a sporty grille, and color-keyed spoilers in the rear and moon roof. It also has black fabric seating with red highlights and red lighting in the center console. Only 1,550 numbered units were made available at that time, so finding one may be difficult.
The 2005 Scion xA has 15-inch steel wheels with all-season tires, an inside mounted spare, mudguards, a roof rack, a sport muffler, a power-sliding moon roof, colored pedal covers, a car cover, full wheel covers, and a sunroof in the rear hatch. At first glance, the small xA is spunky and unique-looking.
The interior of the 2005 Scion xA is nicely-detailed but not elaborate. This vehicle features cloth bucket front seats, split-folding rear seats with plenty of head and legroom, a storage console, cup holders in front, power steering, locks, mirrors and windows, air-conditioning, a Pioneer brand stereo system with AM/FM radio, and a CD player with six speakers.
About 40 optional features are available for this vehicle including a Safety package with mounted side airbags for the front seat, all-seat side curtain airbags, and a cargo liner and net to keep pets in place. Sirius or XM satellite radio is available, as is Scion Security with remote keyless vehicle access.
Cargo capacity with the seats up is 11.7 cubic feet and maximum capacity is 32.8 cubic feet. The storage and cargo availability isn’t the best in the industry, but it certainly is not the worst either.
Performance & Handling
The solid construction of the 2005 Scion xA offers comfortable front seating and a quiet, enjoyable ride. Although economic on fuel usage, the xA does not provide much in the way of power under the hood. However, shifting ability is solid with little noise, as well as good clutch and brake action. An optional Toyota Racing Development (TRD) shock and spring accessory combo offers significant improvement in the overall performance and handling of this vehicle.
The Scion xA comes with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 108 hp and 105 lb-ft torque, which is plenty of power for everyday driving. That being said, the hatchback will probably not be winning races any time soon.
The Scion xA has an all-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), ventilated front and rear drum brakes, electronic brake force distribution, rear defoggers and wipers, child seat anchors, safety locks on rear doors, and a first aid kit.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administered a crash test rating of four out of five for passenger and driver safety, and front and rear impacts. Crash test scores are important to know before making any vehicle purchase, and the xA looks to be a good pick when looking at the ratings.
EPA Fuel Economy
Scion xA standard: 32/37 mpg city/highway
Scion xA automatic: 27/35 mpg city/highway
- Ample front seat area
- Many available options
- Easy access via hatch
- Economical price
- Easier to park than an SUV
You Won't Like
- Cramped back seat
- Moderate four-cylinder power
- Cool features cost extra
The 2005 Scion xA has a consumer reliability rating of five, making this subcompact vehicle a sturdy and dependable car for those who don’t mind a certain loss of power.
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