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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
“Toyota-like solid feel”
Car and Driver
New York Times
“Buy it cheap and make it your own”
“slightly less interior and cargo room” (vs. xA)
Kelley Blue Book
“lots of tire noise”
Improved ergonomics and solid Toyota quality found in the 2008 Scion xD are let down by smaller interior volume and a lack of refinement.
Up front in the xD, ConsumerGuide finds “good seat comfort and driver positioning, but the seat lacks height adjustment, and taller folks might find headroom and legroom tight.” Automobile also gives the xD’s interior a demerit for “limited headroom.” Perhaps as a concession for the lack of headroom also found in the back of the xD, the rear seats “slide six inches and recline up to 10 degrees,” reports Automobile. Still, ConsumerGuide is not impressed: “The seat is high set, but entry and exit suffer from fairly narrow door openings. Limited legroom means even smaller passengers will be cramped.”
Kelley Blue Book notes there’s actually “slightly less interior and cargo room” in the new xD versus the xA it replaces. They appreciate its “storage for odds and ends up front, including an upper and lower glovebox on the passenger's side.”
Materials are deemed of good quality, with more Toyota quality seemingly baked in than in the xA. “Its doors close with a reassuring thunk,” says Car and Driver, “and bumps don’t rattle through the cabin.” Automobile, though, finds fault with the xD’s refinement: “all of the xD's square edges don't help with wind noise, which at speed competes with road noise that's translated through relatively wide 195/60HR-16 tires.” ConsumerGuide reports similar complaints, claiming “the engine buzzes under acceleration, and there's lots of tire noise on all except smooth asphalt.”
If not for the similarly priced Honda Fit, the lack of refinement in the sub-$15,000 might be understandable.