The Scion xD was launched in 2007 alongside the second-generation xB, replacing the outgoing xA. The xD is a competent, but somewhat forgettable offering. While Scion's no-haggle simplified pricing, a competitive 1.8-liter engine capable of producing 128 hp, and plenty of standard features are all reasons to consider the xD, newer vehicles in the segment offer more.
The move from the xA to the xD may have given the model some fresh styling, but it also shrank the cabin and reduced available cargo room to just 10.5 cubic-feet with the rear seats up. The xD also lacks one of the main selling points of small cars: great fuel economy. While not terrible, the xD's 33 mpg on the highway isn't noteworthy either, and could probably be improved if its 128-horsepower 1.8-liter four was fitted with a six-speed automatic instead of its aging four-speed.
Since the xD's launch, the four-door hatchback hasn't had any significant updates, while its segment has expanded. Against the likes of the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta -- which offer better fuel economy, more cargo space, and a livelier-looking interior -- the xD is fighting an uphill battle. The xD needs to be updated to remain competitive.
Engine: 1.8-liter inline-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
The aging xD is unchanged for 2012. It comes with turn signals integrated into the side mirrors. Toyota Racing Development and dealer-installed accessories like a sport muffler, rear anti-roll bar, and performance shocks are available. With an increase of highly competitive vehicles in this segment, we wouldn't be surprised if changes were on the horizon for the xD.
The xD is a slightly boxier-looking version of its predecessor, the jelly-bean-shaped xA. The front end is similar to that of the Toyota Yaris, with which it shares its underpinnings, and the boxy grille is similar to that seen on the xB. While 16-inch steel wheels are standard, Toyota Racing Development 18-inch alloy wheels are an option.
The xD has a versatile but quirky-looking interior that provides ample passenger space and cargo volume, although it has just 10.5 cubic-feet with the rear seats up. Unlike the xB, the xD's instrument cluster is in front of the driver. The driver's seat isn't adjustable for height, and the steering wheel doesn't telescope. Legroom may be snug for taller drivers. An optional Pioneer stereo system can be synced with the touchscreen, and connect to your iPod or iPhone. Pandora streaming radio can be connected using an iPhone.
Performance & Handling
The xD's 1.8-liter four-cylinder makes 128 horsepower, which is plenty to punch the small hatchback around without sacrificing fuel economy, but won't set any hearts on fire with enthusiasm either. Handling and cornering are average, but the ride is comfortable. If you're looking for an economically sound way to zip around town, and get decent fuel economy, the xD will deliver.
The xD's safety features include active head restraints, dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags for both front- and rear-seat passengers. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control are standard as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
27 mpg city/33 mpg highway
- Decent fuel economy
- Hatchback flexibility
You Won't Like
- Four-speed automatic
- Lacking cargo room
If You Like This Vehicle
- Ford Fiesta
- Honda Fit
- Hyundai Accent
- Toyota Yaris