The Scion brand has been a success for Toyota since its launch. The trendy styling and Toyotas legendary reliability have driven much of this. However, one of the models, the xA, didn’t fair very well. Seen as too much of a standard economy car, it seemed out of place with the flashiness of the remainder of the Scion brand. In 2007, the xA was replaced by the new xD, which now serves as the company’s entry level model.
Based on the Yaris platform, the xD is actually smaller in the cabin than the outgoing xA. Unfortunately, the xD doesn’t do as well in one of the main metrics for measuring a compact car. That being fuel economy. The xD gets 33mpg EPA estimated highway rating. While that’s not exactly a low rating, it certainly doesn’t seem all that stellar given the diminutive size of the car and it relatively low performance.
The power for the xD comes from a 128 HP and 125 ft. – lbs. of torque, 1.8 liter four cylinder driving either a five speed manual or a four speed automatic transmission.
Engines: 1.8L I-4
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual
The 2010 Scion xD receives two new audio systems. The base stereo is now a 160-watt, six-speaker Pioneer unit with satellite radio support and a USB input. The optional Alpine unit keeps the six speakers and 160-watt amp, but receives a 4.3-inch touch screen, HD radio support, and multiple RCA outputs.
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.
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 xD’s 1.8-liter I-4 makes 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, which is plenty to move the small hatchback around without sacrificing fuel economy, but won’t set any hearts on fire with enthusiasm either.
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.
27 mpg city/33 mpg highway
- Good fuel economy
- Hatchback flexibility
- Four-speed automatic
- Lacking cargo room
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