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By Cars.com Staff
September 9, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Scion xD is an entry-level car meant to compete with the Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Aveo5 and other small hatchbacks. It offers a variety of options and carries over into 2009 with few changes from the 2008 model.
New for 2009 There are no significant changes to the 2009 Scion xD.
Exterior The xD is slightly less rounded than the xA, taking cues like a boxy grille and vertical bumper portals from the redesigned xB. The headlights look similar to those on Toyota's RAV4. The xD is 154.7 inches long and 67.9 inches wide, compared to 169.1 inches long and 66.7 inches wide for the Versa and 154.3 inches long and 66.1 inches wide for the Aveo5.
Body-colored door trim
Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
16-inch wheels standard, with three available wheel-cover designs
Chrome exhaust tip
Rear window wiper
Interior The five-passenger interior includes a 60/40-split folding backseat that can recline 10 degrees and adjust 6 inches forward and back. A storage well sits below the cargo floor. Other places to stash things include a dual-compartment glove box and a tray below the steering wheel. On the dashboard, a single gauge integrates the tachometer and speedometer. The xD's standard Pioneer stereo includes an auxiliary jack for MP3 players. It displays track listings, and drivers can adjust the volume or skip ahead using steering-wheel controls.
Standard air conditioning
Standard power windows, locks and mirrors
Standard first-aid kit
Optional stereo upgrade includes a faceplate capable of displaying pictures and short video clips
Under the Hood There is one engine for the xD, but there is a choice of transmissions.
128-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Standard five-speed manual transmission
Optional four-speed automatic
Safety Antilock brakes are standard, but they use a disc/drum setup, not the stronger four-wheel-disc type.
Six standard airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows
Traction control and an electronic stability system combined as a stand-alone option
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