The Scion xD is the brand’s least-expensive offering, cheaper than the xB by about $1000. When it stepped in to replace the xA, the xD adopted the same box-on-wheels look as its pricier xB sibling, but as similar as they look, the xD is quite a bit smaller. It’s more than a foot shorter from nose to tail, is lower and narrower, and rides on a shorter wheelbase. Interior space is not nearly as generous either, but the xD at least has the gauges in front of the driver rather than mounted in the center of the dashboard. The xD has a smaller engine than the xB. The 1.8-liter four makes 128 hp–not bad for this segment–and it has 400 fewer pounds to lug around than does the xB’s larger engine. Unfortunately, the xD shares the same two transmission choices as its larger sibling: a vague-shifting five-speed manual and an automatic that has only four speeds (nowadays, six-speed automatics are not uncommon in this class). As you’d expect given the smaller size, smaller engine, and lighter weight, the xD’s fuel economy easily exceeds that of the xB. As with all Scions, the list of available accessories and upgrades is long and includes mechanical items (suspension and brakes) as well as the expected wheels and visual accessories. Scion offers several audio system upgrades and even a factory navigation system (although it’s pricey at nearly $2000).
Trim level: xD
Body style: Hatchback, 5-passenger
Engine: 1.8L I-4, 128 hp, 125 lb-ft
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Passenger volume: 84.5 cu ft
Cargo space: (rear seats up/down) 10.5/35.7 cu ft
For 2012, the xD sees the same changes as the xB. Bluetooth is newly standard, both for phone and streaming audio. Additionally, the base stereo and the dealer-installed premium audio system are new. The standard unit features HD Radio, an iPod/USB input, and the ability to add an external amp. The 200-watt premium audio system has a touch screen, iTunes tagging, and Pandora (via a connected iPhone).
Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are ABS with panic brake assist, stability control, traction control, tire-pressure monitoring, and active front-seat headrests.
All: 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway
- Good gas mileage
- Lots of standard equipment
- Highly customizable
- Leisurely acceleration
- Not as roomy as the xB
- Automatic only a four-speed
A smaller, slightly cheaper sibling to the xB
- Chevrolet Sonic
- Honda Fit
- Kia Soul
- Nissan Cube