2011 xD New Car Test Drive
The Scion xD is a small, efficient, relatively inexpensive four-door hatchback with individuality and style. Easy on the budget and roomy and versatile, the xD lends itself to a wide range of personalization through a lengthy list of accessories and customization options available through Scion dealers and the aftermarket.
The Scion xD is a roomy little car, with lots of headroom and comfortable space for four medium-size adults. The rear seat is particularly handy: It reclines, slides fore and aft to maximize passenger or cargo room, or quickly folds totally flat, creating an excellent cargo space measuring a maximum 35.7 cubic feet.
On paper, the Scion xD has the right stuff. Its short overhangs front and rear give it a sporty appearance suggesting agile handling. This is backed up with a 1.8-liter engine with VVT-i variable valve timing for strong power and good fuel economy. The xD is rated at 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, and EPA-rated at 27/33 mpg City/Highway with the manual transmission.
On the road, we found it has spry performance. Ride quality is acceptable in most circumstances and, while it isn't the sportiest performer in its class, it can be fun to drive. We recommend the five-speed manual transmission, because the weakest link in the xD package is the optional automatic. It's a conventional four-speed and, with the XD's free-revving engine, it feels like it needs more gears.
The xD comes well equipped, with air conditioning, a high-watt Pioneer stereo and a full complement of power accessories.
The xD sets the class benchmark for safety equipment. Front, side and curtain-style airbags are standard, as is a sophisticated anti-lock brake system and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control, which can help the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces.
For 2010, Scion xD gets only minor changes. The Vehicle Stability Control system with traction control is standard on 2010 xD models, and there have been some changes to the audio systems. The xD was redesigned for the 2008 model year.
The Scion xD has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, with a choice of a five-speed manual ($14,900) or four-speed automatic ($15,700) transmission.
Standard equipment includes cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power windows, door locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel with audio controls, first-aid kit, a 60/40 reclining, sliding and flat-folding rear seat, 16-inch steel wheels and a 160-watt, six-speaker Pioneer sound system wired for MP3, iPod and satellite radio.
Dealer-installed accessories include an Alpine premium audio with navigation ($1,198), Sirius or XM satellite radio ($449), a remote starter ($529), 16-inch alloy wheels ($795), and a cargo cover ($259). Speed and style parts are available from TRD (Toyota Racing Development). And aftermarket suppliers are supporting the Scion xD with a wide range of products, ranging from a supercharger to carbon-fiber body trim.
Safety features include dual-stage front airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags and curtain-style head protection airbags front and rear. A tire-pressure monitor is standard. Active safety features include anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control.