2012 Scion xD Overview
One of many choices in the small-car hatchback segment, the 2012 Scion xD is generous with standard features but a little tight with interior space.
New for 2012 is a standard 160-watt AM/FM/CD Pioneer audio system that includes HD radio, USB port, iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth® for streaming audio. A 200-watt system is optional and offers a 5.8-inch LCD touch-screen display. Both sound systems feature six speakers.
The xD is typical of other Scions in that it a “mono spec” vehicle. That means the customer gets to choose the exterior color and either the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Just about everything else is standard equipment.
Scion does offer a limited edition Blizzard Pearl xD with a unique white exterior finish, distinctive pearl white interior trim, 16-inch alloy wheels and unique badging. Also called the xD Release Series 4.0, only 800 of these special models will be sold.
Power is generated by 128-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. Estimated EPA fuel economy for both transmissions is 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
The xD has a boxy, almost nondescript shape that isn’t as hip as its larger xB Scion cousin. It’s certainly more function than style with a clean, wide stance. The interior also has a Spartan feel with strong fundamentals, although cargo space is less than some of the xD’s competitors. The rear 60/40 folding seat has a 6-inch slide adjustment, and the seat back can be adjusted in five positions for preferred comfort.
As with other Scions, there’s an extensive list of available accessories that change the appearance or improve the xD’s performance. Some of the more popular choices include a rear spoiler, floor mats, sport steering wheel, custom shift knobs, and a navigation system. Scion’s performance arm, TRD, can also supply a sport muffler, alloy wheels, upgraded brake pads, and performance springs and shock absorbers.
The xD was named a Top Safety Pick from IIHS. Standard safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, six airbags, and even a first-aid kit.
Some of the xD’s competitors include the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Kia Soul, Nissan Cube, and Mazda3. When it comes down to it, the xD offers a solid combination of economy and utility.