2011 Scion xD

December 14, 2010
The Scion xD is a modest little hatchback but it's very well-executed. I like its looks. I used it to run errands around town on the day before Thanksgiving, and I was thrilled with its in-town visibility and the ease with which I slid into a tight parking space at the always-crowded Ann Arbor Farmers Market. The ergonomics and utility of the interior are impressive. Very good steering feel, accurate and quick. I didn't even mind the automatic transmission, even though the 1.8-liter four-cylinder makes a modest 128 hp.
2011 Scion XD Front Three Quarters Static
For $16,565, it's a lot of car and also not a lot of car. The carpeting is thin and cheap, and the interior lighting isn't much. But stability control, ABS, lots of air bags, and a nine-speaker stereo are standard, plus A/C and cruise control. For this price, I shouldn't be complaining.
- Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor
I've always viewed the xD (and its xA forebear) as the frumpy sibling of the box-chic xB, but this little hatchback is an attractive package, especially when compared to the Toyota Yaris five-door. Both are built from the same platform and drive similarly, but the xD gets an extra 0.3 liter of displacement, and, accordingly, an additional 22 horsepower underhood.
2011 Scion XD Rear Static
That isn't a gigantic jump in power, but it's enough to transform a vehicle's personality. The Yaris feels a bit sluggish, but the xD's 1.8-liter, even when mated with the four-speed automatic, is surprisingly lively. Brisk acceleration, coupled with decent chassis tuning and impressive steering weight, help lend this subcompact a sporty feel.
Both cars include a long list of standard equipment, but the xD trumps the Toyota here, too; power windows and locks, cruise control, an impressive Pioneer audio system, and a USB audio input. This, coupled with the extra power underhood, makes the Scion worth the $750 premium over a comparable Yaris.
- Evan McCausland, Associate Web Editor
2011 Scion xD
2011 Scion XD Rear Three Quarters
Base price (with destination): $16,565
Price as tested: $16,565
Standard Equipment:
1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine
4-speed automatic transmission
Front disc, rear drum brakes with ABS
Electric power steering
Vehicle stability control
Traction control
Tire pressure monitoring system
Power windows/locks
Remote keyless entry
Cruise control
Air conditioning
Pioneer 160-watt AM/FM/CD with 6 speakers
Auxiliary and USB port with iPod connectivity
Tilt steering wheel with audio controls
60/40 split rear seat
Options on this vehicle:
Key options not on vehicle:
Navigation system -- $1999
XM satellite radio -- $449
Bluetooth connectivity -- $299
Auto-dimming rearview mirror -- $229
Fuel economy: (city/hwy/combined) 27 / 33 / 29 mpg
Size: 1.8L DOHC I-4
Horsepower: 128 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 125 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Drive: Front-wheel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Curb weight: 2665 lb
Wheels/tires: 16-inch steel wheels with covers
195/60R16 Bridgestone Turanza EL400 all-season tires
Competitors: Nissan Versa, Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Kia Soul


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2011 Scion xD

Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4
starting at (MSRP)
1.8L I4
Fuel Economy
27 City 33 Hwy
2011 Scion xD