Review: Scion xD Take Two | The Truth About Cars

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Review: Scion xD Take Two

Big were afoot in the Scion in the summer of 2007, as the brand’s crop of Yaris-based funkmobiles way to a second generation of models at expanding the brand’s appeal to consumers. Oddly enough, the changes came for a new model an unchanged name: in a single the the tiny xB went from fuel-sipping urban runabout to a Camry-based beast. In contrast, the xA underwent a far less radical as it morphed into the xD, saving it the initial scorn of Scion and keeping the brand’s Yaris-based alive. Not that the xD has been in any way for staying (relatively) faithful to its mission: like the xA it replaced, the xD has sold better than its less brand-faithful stablemates. begs the question: is the xD a bad car, or was the vision of a funky, urban brand a dead-end dream?

this dichotomy isn’t as as you might imagine. After the changes made in the transition the xA to the xD were well-modulated to give consumers the positive elements of the platform with the upgrades could have given the generation of Scions a fighting

The underlying platform was changed from the xA, but crucially, the engine was from a 1.5 liter buzz-box to an gruntier 1.8 liter Corolla Though hard-core purists enjoyed the challenge of keeping up American traffic with a 103 horsepower, the tiny engines on the generation of Scions practically a manual transmission and careful to prevent moments of ass-clenching on freeway onramps and other driving scenarios. For jaded these challenges were a in the driving-a-slow-car-fast fun; for the mass-market, meant popular automatic-transmission could come across as dangerous, even on short drives.


With an extra 25 on tap, the xD cures the first-generation’s problems, feeling downright in lower gears. The larger gives up some of the free-spinning of the 1.5 liter unit, but the rough, raw makes it far more accessible to tastes. More importantly, the performance doesn’t come the handling and fuel-economy penalties of the 2.4 liter engine found in the tC and new xB. In even with the very extra power and 300 lb weight the xD only gives up a single mpg to the xA, coming in at 27 city, 33 highway.

Indeed, if Scion had simply this engine into the of xAs and xBs (or better yet, offered it as an there’s no telling where the might have gone. since so much the first-generation’s remains intact. The interior is improved over the spartan xA, more style and higher-quality while losing none of the functional simplicity. Sure, wiggle, buttons jiggle, and the appears to be little better what you can find in late-model but these are symptoms of the price and overall an improvement on the first of Scions.

Handling is similarly well-preserved, crisp turn-in, and firm after some initial If the xD’s handling compares to an xA’s, it’s probably the extra power makes it to load up the car’s simple and disturb its composure (a job that’s easier by the xD’s Toyota-standard power steering). On the flip the extra power means you have to plan corners out a in advance in order to find the of the xD’s sufficient grip.

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any compromises in handling and ergonomics, the of the xD’s power upgrade be balanced against the its frustratingly packaging compromises. Though the physical dimensions are marginally than the xA’s, the extra never translate into a improvement in interior space.

leg room is the only interior that’s much-improved on the xA, as pushed-forward create a more spacious, feel up front. Small in headroom go unnoticed, but hip room is by about 3.5 inches up front and in the row. The second row’s is also reduced to below 34 eliminating any space advantage in metric that the xD might offered over a Yaris alone its competitors). Similarly, and a larger wheelbase and length, the xD to improve on the xA’s cargo offering only 10.5 feet to the xA’s 11.7. non-improvement: the class-leading lack of out of the rear quarters.

When compared to current like the Fit, Soul and the xD’s packaging compares less favorably. Though the extra power makes motoring less terrifying, its packaging eliminates the advantage. then, the xD appears to suffer the opposite problem as the redesigned xB: the xB became overly bloated in of PT Cruiser sales, the xA (always the child of the Scion lineup had nowhere to go as the designated smallest of a small-car lineup.

Let’s be clear: unless you roll five-deep, the xD’s won’t be an immediately-obvious compromise. But if you are in the for a small commuter, two grand you can now buy a Toyota Yaris five-door offers a slightly smaller of the xA experience (without 1.8 power). Or, for the price as an xD, you buy a Kia Soul which first-gen xB-like MPV packaging and power. Which is exactly the xD should have offered. the Soul and the xD are chuckable and punchy, nearly as much around-town fun and and more freeway competence their most popular the Honda Fit.

Sadly, power is all the xD brings to the party. other than the brand-standard set of aesthetics and a now-questionable halo of quality.” As just another car, the xD is nearly invisible in the lacking both the unabashed appeal of the Fit and Yaris, and the practicality of the The lesson then, is that first-generation genius wasn’t in the of its offerings, but in the packaging options it in the subcompact class. With the xB out of control and the xD not even trying to a distinctive package, it’s no Scion has so badly lost its

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