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.
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
- Roof-mounted antenna
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
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