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."