Scion xA Origins
Through its short foray in the U.S. market, the Scion xA remained mostly the same. The 2006 model year xA saw a minor facelift, but import to the country stopped by December 2006 in favor of the car’s successor, the Scion xD. Dealerships in the United States began receiving imported 2008 year xD models from late 2007.
Toyota formed the Scion brand in 2003 in order to reach out to a younger audience. The xA was one of the first cars to have been launched under this brand and directed its marketing campaigns at young car enthusiasts. About the Scion xA
The Scion xA was designed and marketed as a trendy and fun car for younger drivers. However, the car’s reputation was ultimately that of a sensible, no-nonsense subcompact car that provided standard features and very good ride quality. Although it lasted just one generation, the Scion brand kept its model fresh and new. In spite of being an inexpensive subcompact, the Scion xA looked a little more upscale than the rest of the competition inside as well as outside. This is one of the primary reasons for the popularity of the car.
The Scion xA was fitted with the standard features expected from a car in this segment. These features included ABS, air-conditioning, rear wiper, and window defogger, along with power mirrors, windows, and locks. Apart from this, the Scion xA also features additional features like a premium Pioneer music system with CD/MP3 player, and auxiliary input jack as standard features. For those who wanted extra, the Scion xA came with options like iPod adapter, airbag package with full-length side curtain and seat-mounted side airbags, satellite radio, and eight-inch subwoofers.
Toyota also offered optional parts like shocks, lowering springs, intake and exhaust and performance clutch to improve the xA's performance. The exterior of the Scion xA could also be customized from the dealer to include optional accessories like sport shift knobs and pedals, wheel covers, rear spoilers, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Scion xA Features
The 2006 model year Scion xA upgraded slightly from its previous year in order to keep the car fresh. These differences included some small changes in the interior features like the speedometer, seat fabric, and steering wheel, along with the addition of the Pioneer sound system. On the outside, the 2006 Scion xA had new side skirts as well as modified front and rear bumpers. The mirrors got small turn signal indicators and additional audio system controls were located on the steering wheel for the driver’s convenience.
Irrespective of the differences between the two model years, the Scion xA was still available as a four-door hatchback. The gauge pod was located in the center of the dash, which gave it a unique touch. The pod had an amber glow that complemented the contemporary design dashboard. A faux aluminum trim at the bottom of the center console, steering wheel, and door panels gave a nice finish to the interior.
The seats of the Scion xA were decent for its class. The front seats were positioned high, and legroom and headroom were just about average for the front and rear, which is expected from a subcompact car like the Scion xA. Like other subcompact hatchbacks in the market, the Scion xA sacrificed too much cargo space.
A 1.5-liter engine that could generate a power of 103 hp powered the Scion xA. This engine mated with a five-speed manual transmission gearbox, although a four-speed automatic gearbox was optional. Irrespective of what gearbox was fitted, the Scion xA was quite conservative with its fuel. The United States EPA rated the Scion xA’s mileage as 31/37 mpg city/highway.
The Scion xA was a complete car even without the additional options. It offered a smooth ride on highways and was peppy enough to move around the city. Maneuvering was easy on surface roads thanks to a tight suspension system and accurate steering. The car seemed unstable in extreme corners, but the suspension could handle the load very well. Scion xA Evolution
The Scion xA was launched in the U.S. in 2004. In the Middle East, the car was sold as a Toyota xA. A 1.5-liter DOHC Straight-4 engine under the bonnet gave the car just enough pep, although 108 hp of power hardly made the Scion xA a fast car. The engine produced 105 lb-ft of power and went from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, which is respectable enough from a sub-compact hatchback.