The wide array of features in the highly configurable 2008 Scion xD run the range from funky to frippery.
It seems Japanese “stripper” base models (remember the days of optional passenger side-view mirrors?) have gone the way of the dodo. Even in its sub-$15,000 base format, Road & Track mentions that the xD is equipped with cruise control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. Kelley Blue Book finds it “an affordable, well-built vehicle with more standard equipment than a Honda Fit or Nissan Versa.”
There are three levels of audio, all with iPod hookup as well as an auxiliary jack. The New York Times finds the base Pioneer head unit, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with six-speakers, a bit frumpy in its design, although they say it has “plenty of expandability” with hookups for amps and bass speakers and “sounds fine for a car at this price.” Moving up to the mid-level stereo “and its multifunction knob” infuriated all the Car and Driver editors with the exception of their “youngest part-timers, who were keen on the programmable OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display.” The premium radio option can be combined with an optional subwoofer, DVD navigation system, and Sirius Satellite Radio (XM or Sirius) if so desired. Many feel that upgrading sound systems “does not improve the speakers, which lack clarity” (Car and Driver).
“Available options consist mostly of items that are geared toward customizing the car, like illuminated door sill enhancements, sport pedals, a carbon fiber engine cover and 18-inch wheels and alloy wheel covers,” notes Kelley Blue Book. An xD can be optioned from mild to wild, with the mid-level stereo’s optional “skins” that can be “created and downloaded on a special site created by Pioneer just for Scion owners,” says Kelley Blue Book. “With available accessories from TRD,” notes Road & Track, “you can turn [it] into a very hot little 5-door.”