Advertisement
Go
2009 Scion xD Photo
7.0
/ 10
On Styling
BASE INVOICE
$13,917
BASE MSRP
$14,650
On Styling
The 2009 Scion xD is less polarizing than the bigger xB but still stands out in the crowded compact wagon class for its unique sheetmetal.
7.0 out of 10
Browse Scion xD inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS

STYLING | 7 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

a Special Edition package, which includes unique trim and a lowered suspension
ConsumerGuide

a unique mix of hatchback and Mack truck
Edmunds

Snappy sheetmetal
Car and Driver

urban America meets Tokyo design
MyRide.com

Smaller and less boxy than its big brother xB, the 2009 Scion xD sports a distinctive shape that’s a mix of rounded, wedgelike, and boxy styling traits.

The 2009 Scion xD "looks pugnacious and utilitarian," writes Edmunds, calling it the "Bulldog Look." Says Car and Driver, "anyone who remembers the rounder version of the bean-and-box duo that launched Scion in the U.S. will be hard pressed to see the xD as anything but a replacement for the xA." Critics generally like the departure from the xA's rather generic duds, with adjectives such as "polarizing" (Car and Driver), "sharper," (Automobile Magazine), and "dramatically styled" (Road and Track). Concludes Automobile Magazine, "sharper styling, a wider stance, and tighter wheel-to-fender clearance eliminate the jellybean comparisons that plagued the xA." MyRide.com says the 2009 Scion xD "stands out in a good way from other cars in this segment."

Edmunds describes the interior environment as "avant-garde." With "golf ball-like dimples [that] cover most of dashboard and door panel surfaces," they say it's "nothing if not distinctive." The interior shows that Scion learned lessons from the slow-selling xA. Gone is the awkward center-mounted speedometer, replaced by "a more traditional driver centered dash layout," though it does have a nontraditional arrangement of speedo and tach in the same circular housing, "with their respective needles fluttering independently," says Automobile Magazine. The "dash is simple and easy to navigate," according to Kelley Blue Book. MyRide.com notes, "The center stack also has some contouring instead of just a flat front."

Conclusion

The 2009 Scion xD is less polarizing than the bigger xB but still stands out in the crowded compact wagon class for its unique sheetmetal.

« Prev: Overall Review Next: Performance »
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
7.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
Advertisement
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

More From High Gear Media


 
 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC. Send us feedback.