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2011 Scion xD

  • 2011 Scion xD Base Hatchback

    Base Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      128/125
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,910
  • 2011 Scion xD Release Series 3.0 Hatchback

    Release Series 3.0 Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      128/125
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,705
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2011 Scion xD Review

Highly customizable, but lacks any other competitive edge.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2011 Scion xD is a five-door subcompact hatchback that is manufactured by Toyota in its Japanese factory and marketed in the U.S. under the company’s youth-oriented Scion badge. The car was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show held in early 2007, and the car went into production later in the year. It was meant as a replacement to the xA.

The Range

Body Styles: subcompact hatchback
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
Transmissions: standard five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: 2011 Scion xD base model, 2011 Scion xD Release Series 3.0

What's New

The 2011 Scion xD remains unchanged for this particular year, except for a small change in its front grille design. The year 2011 saw the introduction of the new limited-edition Scion xD Release Series (RS) 3.0 trim level. This particular model adds a body kit to the base model xD, along with some other exterior enhancements, carbon fiber accents, and a unique production badge for each model assembled. Production is limited to only 1500 units.

The year 2011 also marks the introduction of the xD in the Canadian automotive market.

Exterior

The 2011 Scion xD is designed for an average commuter, but it is packaged with a fashionable and aggressive exterior. This is something that is bound to hit the spot for young drivers who want an affordable good-looking car. The xD is actually small, but its exterior design makes it look taller and tougher. In fact, the car can look quite aggressive from some angles, which is quite amazing for a subcompact hatchback.

The exterior design of the xD is similar to another Scion car, the xB, in that a customer would either take an instant liking to it or abhor it; there is nothing in between. People who have seen the car either consider it to be one of the best-designed cars in its segment or look at it with contempt. Nevertheless, the exterior of the 2011 Scion xD is customizable to an extent with 16-inch to 18-inch alloy wheel options. The standard package comes with 16-inch steel wheels.

Interior

The interior of the 2011 Scion xD is kept to a minimalistic, one-tone design. The major colors are dark gray and matte metal. The instrument panel on the xD has a unique design that might take some time to get used to. The same circular pod is fitted with speedometer and tachometer, which makes it a little difficult to read.

The seats have ample headroom because of their upright stance, but legroom is a big problem, especially in the front seat. The rear seats gain the upper hand with their reclining and sliding feature, giving ample space to rear passengers. The 2011 Scion xD, however, has one of the smallest cargo spaces in its class. At 35.7 cubic feet, the xD offers less cargo space than the Honda Fit, which has 42 cubic feet, and the Kia Soul and Nissan Cube, which both have 50 cubic feet.

On a positive note, the 2011 Scion xD is fitted with a good stereo system. Customers can fit in an optional Alpine stereo six-speaker system with a touch-screen interface and a knob that works just like the clickwheel used in iPods. The stereo system also comes with a navigation system. The combined package comes with a seven-inch head unit touch-screen display, connections to a backup camera, audio amplifier outputs, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Performance & Handling

A 1.8-liter straight-four engine delivers 128 hp of power and 125 lb-ft of torque to the 2011 Scion xD. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission gearbox in the base model and a four-speed automatic gearbox as an option. The car can go from standstill to 60 mph within 8.3 seconds, which is fast enough for its class. The fuel economy of the 2011 Scion xD is strictly average with a combining EPA rating of 29 mpg.

The 2011 Scion xD does not provide an electrifying ride, but this is expected from a subcompact hatchback. However, the car is not devoid of life completely. It delivers a surprising amount of zest for its class. Steering is responsive, too, although it does not corner so well at high speeds.

Safety

The 2011 Scion xD comes with standard safety features, such as full-length side curtain airbags, front seat side airbags, front active head restraints, brake assist, stability control, and anti-lock brakes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Testing (IIHS) gave it four out of five stars for frontal impact safety and full marks for side impact safety. Overall, the Scion xD received an ""acceptable"" rating in 2010. The 2011 Scion xD is not tested yet.

EPA Fuel Economy

2011 Scion xD: 27/33 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Many optional features to customize the car
  • Sliding and reclining rear seat
  • Great stereo system

You Won't Like

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  • Below average cargo space
  • Cramped interior
  • Sum Up

    Highly customizable, but lacks any other competitive edge.

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