2008 Scion xD consumer reviews

$14,550–$15,350 MSRP range
side view of 2008 xD Scion
100% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.9
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Love it!!

Great little car, handles beautifully, wouldn't trade it for anything! We got the manual transmission, and it shifts easily. Will be perfect for our small little family!


Best Car I've Ever Owned In A Big City

I've lived in one of the nation's largest metropolises for several years now and have gone through a few cars...and I must say, the Scion xD suits my needs far better than any other vehicle I could think of. As an artist, I occasionally need to haul large, bulky items such as wood beams or bicycles or costume racks. The interior space of this little car has, astoundingly, always been enough. As a city-dweller, I need good city mileage, which the xD provides, as well as good initial pick-up to make driving from stop sign to stop sign fun, which it also comes through on. And despite its interior size, it's technically a sub-compact car, so tight parallel parking is not a problem. I love the iPod hookup that comes standard, and the sound inside is quite nice. Also - I never thought I'd be one of those people who'd use the steering-wheel audio controls, but I was wrong. Steering-wheel audio controls are awesome. I've never had a mechanical problem with it, not even in snow, and it rides high enough that I don't get stuck in snow banks by the curb after a storm. I would most definitely recommend this car to anyone who lives in a crowded city.


Nice Vehicle. Poor Cargo Area.

I've owned my Scion XD for almost two years. No problems. It gives me 35 MPG and plenty of power to climb steep hills in the southern tier of NYS. It steers and handles with ease. Nice radio and CD player. The extra cargo space is nice, but there's an annoying 2-inch plastic hump running the length of the inside edge of the trunk. All cargo must be lifted up and over that hump. It's difficult to load/unload anything heavy without placing a strain on my back. Since the hump is made of plastic it's going to crack the first time I drop anything heavy on it. Campers beware! You cannot just slide your gear in and out of this vehicle. Everything has to be lifted over that hump. For a vehicle made to accommodate extra cargo, the design is very poor. There are plenty of cubby holes and drink holders, as well as two glove compartments. The front seats could be more comfortable. The padding doesn't feel adequate. Long rides could become a bit uncomfortable for anyone weighting 170 or more. This is a very nice car for the money, but the poor cargo design (hump) might prevent this camper from purchasing another one.


Great Value/Nice zippy car

Only had my 2008 XD a few weeks but love it so far. Terrific mileage, good acceleration. I thought that I would feel uncomfortable or unsafe in such a small car but I don't at all. Front seats are very supportive. I love the styling of the car although I've heard some describe it as ugly! It holds MANY bags of groceries in the trunk and if I need more room the seats go down easily. I thought I would buy a Honda Fit but this XD won my heart. I do hope it lives up to Toyota's durability history.


An amazing well loved car...

After many hours of research looking for a vehicle with safety and economy as the two main objectives I decided to test drive the Scion XD. I was so amazed at the power and road response along with the design and room inside this car that I purchased this car. My family loves this car from the great stereo to the design. The side and curtain airbags w/ a 5 star side crash rating makes me feel better having my 2 kids and wife in the car. As far as economy, we average 40 mpg. We are very happy with this car and would recommend this car to all....I really can't believe there is not more of these on the road. We had to go out of state to find one w/ 3 Toyota dealers in the area. A great bargain for the price..


A great car

Great gas mileage- 36 mpg on the highway on the trip home from the dealer. Surprising comfort- wish it came with heated leather and a center console woul be nice. Not every buyer is an 18 year old. Lots of cubby holes for storage. Very acceptable performance- coming out of a 325i- and I didn't miss it a bit. Runs on regular- something the BMW didn't do. Nor does the Smart Car or the MiniCooper we looked at. Would have possibly purchased a VW Beetle except for their poor reliability, poor crash test results. We didn't have to woory about those things with a Toyota.


Love it

I bought the limited edition 2008 Scion XD two weeks ago. I love it! There are so many standard features. The stereo is phenomenal. The seats are comfortable, but they do not come with arm rests (only complaint). Lots of room for a small car! Light weight and takes turns nicely. Plenty of pep. Averaging about 31 mph in the two weeks that I have driven it. I love this car!


Solid Car for the Money

I just bought this car. I thought it would be tolerable to deal with it and have great mileage. Then I drove it and fell in love with it. The car is rock solid from the engine to the exterior of the car. The engine has just enough kick to make the car interesting and keep the mileage high. I found that 65 mph the car does anywhere from 38 to 42 MPG.


The xD is a good value all around

Good value for the price. The automatic trans needs one more gear to lower the cruising speed rpm's. Gas mileage is excellent and engine power is very respectable. The stock Pioneer sound system is somewhat disappointing in delivering less than crisp, clear sound. The car needs a center arm rest and the center dash panel should be flush with the molding. I have had my vehicle 6 weeks and thoroughly enjoy it. A few upgrades on the interior and this vehicle would be a real winner.



As I understand, Toyota developed the Scion to introduce young drivers to Toyota products. I'm far from my 20's ( 60 in fact) and purchased a 2008 Scion XD in January.This car makes me feel like I did when I was 20 and purchased my first car. It's GREAT ! I LOVE it ! People would say that a particular car was "fun to drive". I have had cars from many makes and never experienced the "fun to drive" feeling... until now. I like the seating which I find firm and supportive. The engine is smooth and responsive. Handeling and tracking gives a sense of security. It has enough interior room for 2 adults and our German Shepherd. Thus far, I am extremely satisfied with the Scion XD