2006 Scion xA Consumer Reviews

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2006 Scion Xa
4.3
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Life Saver

by from Wilkes Barre, PA on December 13, 2010

I had owned this my Xa for about 18 months and didn't have any issues with it (bought used). It was great on gas, spacious despite the deceiving overall size of vehicle, and visibility inside was amaz...
I had owned this my Xa for about 18 months and didn't have any issues with it (bought used). It was great on gas, spacious despite the deceiving overall size of vehicle, and visibility inside was amazing. I used it mostly for commuting to and from home and school, equaling about a 2 hour drive one way. Recently on my way back to school, I was in a nasty accident on a highway. I hit some ice on the road which caused the car to rolled twice and landed on the roof. I walked away with a scratch on my lip and a headache. The car maintained the shape well and maintained shape without a possible threat of crushing me inside. This is an extremely safe vehicle and well worth every dollar I spent on it.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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best used car out there

by from Knoxville,Tn on September 26, 2011

wasn't looking for a scion,just a car good on gas..i saw a couple listings for the scion xa,went and took a look and bought one..toyota quality at a fair price,36 mpg all day with auto,and a/c blastin...
wasn't looking for a scion,just a car good on gas..i saw a couple listings for the scion xa,went and took a look and bought one..toyota quality at a fair price,36 mpg all day with auto,and a/c blasting ,who could ask for more....the newer model xb does not get near the mpg of the 04-06 xa,,,i dont know why toyota would make such a great car,like the xa ,then make it bigger ,with a bigger more thirsty motor,,,it does not make sense?,,if your looking for a small car with good mpg,you cant go wrong with the xa
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Uses car for Just getting around

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2006 Scion xA

by from San Francisco & a Bay Area on November 17, 2010

Totally awesome around town kind of car (200 mile + radius)! Serves the purpose 100%. If you are thinking taking it to the mountains with 4x200 + lb passengers inside, I would think twice. Hello, it's...
Totally awesome around town kind of car (200 mile + radius)! Serves the purpose 100%. If you are thinking taking it to the mountains with 4x200 + lb passengers inside, I would think twice. Hello, it's 1.5 L car let's be reasonable. We also own 2004 xA. Same thing, totally awesome care! 2006 though got tons of extras, side air bags, side curtains, both front and rear, sound insulation was improved, iPod hook up and more. Before purchasing 2006 we've looked at a newer body of xA. Absolute lack of room inside!!! Toyota narrowed top portion of a care a bit, but that little translates in huge discomfort / turn off! Also, they stop putting 1.5L engines in it. It's 2.4L now. Not sure about Japan or Europe, but no 1.5L for US that's for sure. Why? Dumb move if you ask me. On top of all that 2.4 I test drove is way noisier that 1.5L I have in my both 2004 and 2006. With that in mind, we decided to go for another xA, same body style but newer year model.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Not Worth It

by from Twin Cities, MN on June 29, 2009

Bought this car new in 2006. One year later, the transmission started grinding going into third gear (it's a manual transmission), and then basically stopped working all together. This was during a 6,...
Bought this car new in 2006. One year later, the transmission started grinding going into third gear (it's a manual transmission), and then basically stopped working all together. This was during a 6,000 mile road trip, not the best time for a transmission with 32,000 miles to break down. Dealer replaced the transmission for free (warranty), but still a $2,000 repair had it not been covered by the warranty. This alone has really turned me off to this make and model. I would never expect a car this new with 32,000 miles to go through a transmission that quickly. And now, three years later, the transmission is showing signs of falling apart again. I wouldn't suggest anyone purchase this car.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Pretty Hard to Beat

by from Dalarna, Sweden on November 25, 2012

For a car with a 1.5L engine, this thing was impressive performance-wise. In the four years I owned mine it did everything I asked of it with room to spare. Not a single issue of any sort with the car...
For a car with a 1.5L engine, this thing was impressive performance-wise. In the four years I owned mine it did everything I asked of it with room to spare. Not a single issue of any sort with the car. It held it's "new" better than anything I've ever owned. The comfort of the whole driving experience surpassed what I expected in a car that size. So did the amount of cargo I was able to pack into it. Found it to be as enjoyable on road trips as it was to scoot around town.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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Just had to have another.

by from Denver, Co on July 4, 2012

Feels like a much bigger car than it is. Size does make it easy to get into small parking places. Very roomy in front. Rear cargo area more than adequate for basic storage needs. Easy to enter and exi...
Feels like a much bigger car than it is. Size does make it easy to get into small parking places. Very roomy in front. Rear cargo area more than adequate for basic storage needs. Easy to enter and exit. Standard equipment surpasses comparable vehicles. Good power for a small car and excellent gas mileage. Averaged 33 MPG in the city, haven't driven on the highway yet.
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Best Car I have ever owned

by from St. Louis, MO on June 25, 2007

My husband and I purchased this car because of the price and the gas mileage - and we have been pleasantly surpised. We purchased the car in Florida and drove home to Missouri. The car was comfortable...
My husband and I purchased this car because of the price and the gas mileage - and we have been pleasantly surpised. We purchased the car in Florida and drove home to Missouri. The car was comfortable to ride in, THE GAS MILEAGE IS GREAT - any where from 35+ mpg. The only complaint we have about the car is that it does not handle well in windy weather. But other than that, we are very happy with the car and plan on keeping it until it dies!!!
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2006 Scion Xa

by from Cape Vincent Ny on January 1, 2013

Great little car. Great on gas. A bit sluggish in the quarter mile, but I almost never go to the drags any more.
Great little car. Great on gas. A bit sluggish in the quarter mile, but I almost never go to the drags any more.
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more than what you'd expect

by from Raleigh, NC on August 4, 2006

It's unrealistic to expect gobs of power and torque from a modest 1.5 liter engine. This IS NOT a performance car. Having said that, this car is geared PERFECTLY to make up for this fact. Takeoff...
It's unrealistic to expect gobs of power and torque from a modest 1.5 liter engine. This IS NOT a performance car. Having said that, this car is geared PERFECTLY to make up for this fact. Takeoffs almost feel peppy, the handling is better than I would have expected, and the brakes are very responsive. The interior is solid, and it comes standard with CD and power everything. I have been getting a combined 35 MPG from mine. I drive my vette on the weekend, but the scion is my daiy driver... It can't be beaten for the 70+ mile round-trip to work. Cons - the windshield is at an awkward angle which seems to lead to constant bombardment by rocks. Very noisy, both in terms of road noise and in terms of the engine. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that you can't wring any significant power out of a 1.5 liter engine under 3,000 RPMs.
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I love my Scion xA

by from Orlando, FL on July 28, 2007

I knew I wanted foreign and didn't have a lot to spend. I bought this car after shopping around for several in it's class (Hyundai and Kia). The deciding factors included gas mileage, style, is the ba...
I knew I wanted foreign and didn't have a lot to spend. I bought this car after shopping around for several in it's class (Hyundai and Kia). The deciding factors included gas mileage, style, is the back seat comfortable, how much can I fit in here for hauling, and can my 6'2" boyfriend fit in the front with room for passengers in the back. This car has great headroom and legroom for everyone. (We even toted his parents around in it.) The driver's seat isn't great for long trips (not very ergonomic) but I've added a pad to help that. The options on this car are terrific and cost the same before and after you buy the car. I have a 5-speed and added cruise control for long trips. It's location is a little too close to my legs but it saves my feet on our out-of-town trips. The gas mileage on this car has averaged 31-34 mpg hwy and 28-30 city. It comes with 3 free oil changes and only needs one every 5000 miles. It's great for city driving and you can park it in a shoe box. I'm in construction and have to haul things for business - it fits quite a bit inside with the seats folded down. I can't say enough about this car - it's the best I've ever owned!
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