New Car Review: 2004 Scion xA

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Toyota Scion xa

New Car Review: 2004 Scion xA



«Scion» is defined by as «descendant or child.» It’s the newest brand from Lexus was created as Toyota’s division 15 or so years ago; now comes online at the other end of the spectrum. But there is far more to than low price.

Few small, cars have made a impression in America, as most been mere «transportation devoid of character and quality. The Scions have plenty of with unique style, performance, and Toyota build

Scion was introduced in California a ago, and is now nationwide. The two original — the sporty subcompact xA and micro-van xB — have been joined by the tC, a small coupe. According to Scion, the key characteristics of its vehicles are style, and surprise, and this rings

The xA and xB, in particular are not likely to be confused any other cars available and both are configured for maximum utilization and interior versatility.

The «surprise» part comes in the levels of standard equipment and low Although the style, advertising, and including «lifestyle events» music, art, fashion, and cars decorated by graffiti show a decided slant the urban youth market, are really meant for anyone for something out of the ordinary.

Scion its cars are for people with aspirations, but on a subcompact budget.» might be a stretch, at least in — don’t expect and burled wood — but and fit and finish are first-rate, and compare to some cars costing as much.

The outrageously boxy xB is not popular with the young, buyers it was aimed at, it has proven with older «empty who some people might more with large sedans or motorhomes. Hey, the box is So is the non-box, the xA. And it’s fun, as I discovered during the past The excellent space utilization with a four-door hatchback is one advantage, and light weight, a suspension tuning and, a 1.5-liter, 108-horsepower engine it a winner in both fuel and fun-to-drive character. The standard list is impressive, including air antilock brakes, power doorlocks, and mirrors, a rear-window and a six-speaker Pioneer AM/FM/CD system. It’s no bargain-basement that will cost an few thousand dollars over the price by the time it gets out the The Scion buying experience is designed for simplicity, with a sales policy and high of personalization through factory

Toyota Scion xa

APPEARANCE: If you’re familiar the small cars popular in and Japan, the xA will seem unusual. It’s short, and tall proportions have the urban environment in mind. But relatively wider and lower in tapering higher and narrower to the for aerodynamic efficiency and stability as as style. The stock wheels and nearly fill the wheel Because of that, and its proportions, and its fender flares and rocker the xA is much more muscular-looking most small hatchbacks have come to our shores. The is nearly as raked as the hood, with the arched roof, give the xA a unified look from the side. The front is by large, complex headlights, similarly-shaped taillights make it visible from the rear.

COMFORT: The xA is as distinctive inside as it is Its four-door body makes easy, and a hatch can’t be for those times large, things need to be moved. try to fit a computer monitor or a bicycle the small trunk opening of a sedan. Inside, there is of space for the two front passengers, and than you might think in the seat. Because of the width, cozy for three adults, but is enough leg and headroom for people up to six depending on the height of the front occupants. The front buckets not be out of place in a sports coupe $10,000 more than the xA. design is high-tech modern, and straightforward but with flair. The noticeable feature is the instrument design. The hooded instrument pod is in the center of the top of the panel, not directly in of the driver. This makes once you realize that are right-hand drive versions of car in Japan, and such a design production. I adapted to it quickly. the instruments is the center stack, a rack-mount motif thanks to plastic trim at its edges. All are well-marked and simple to operate, the buttons on the stereo are on the small For enthusiastic driving, the pedals are in a way conducive to heel-and-toe operation. is not a feature of a mere econobox module. Luggage space the rear seat up is carry-on but with the rear seat (it’s split 60/40) is plenty of storage space, and a fits easily, provided the wheel is removed. I’ve huge SUVs with useable space.

SAFETY: The Scion xA’s structure is designed to protect in the event of a crash. Antilock with electronic brake-force are standard. Side and side airbags are available.

ROADABILITY: A European suspension calibration the Scion xA apart from low-priced subcompact hatchbacks have been sold While it can work perfectly as a commute car, it is far more that. Although the suspension with MacPherson struts in the and a twist-beam axle at the rear, is unusual for a small, inexpensive it is tuned very well for real-world use. It’s enough for comfort, but firm to have fun in confidence. Stability in on the highway is good, and the xA’s size makes city a snap.

PERFORMANCE: If it seems that the 108 (at 6,000 rpm) and 105 lb-ft of (at 4,200 rpm) that the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is not enough, it’s only 2400 pounds of weight While it’s not a true car, the xA is quick enough to be but not so quick as to send your agent on a six-month vacation to It’s by far the most entertaining, and U.S.-legal subcompact I’ve Typically of Toyota engines, the is a twincam, 16-valve aluminum design with VVT-i valve timing, and can be matched to a manual or four-speed automatic My test car had the manual, and that’s the for maximum performance and economy, but the great torque characteristics allow for good performance the automatic as well. It doesn’t to be revved to redline, and has plenty of for quick acceleration in traffic. driven in a sporty manner, and plenty of stop-and-go city the xA returns over 30 miles per of regular unleaded.

CONCLUSIONS: The Scion xA is a subcompact style, verve, and character.

Toyota Scion xa


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