Shopping for a new Scion xD?
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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
[interior] materials have a stylish texture on the dash and door panels
available in only one trim level
drivers can adjust the [stereo] using steering-wheel controls
The stereo upgrade does not improve the speakers, which lack clarity
Car and Driver
40 Scion- and TRD-branded dealer-installed accessories available for the xD
The 2010 Scion xD proudly sports a vast array of standard equipment, including (unusually) a first-aid kit. The sound system that's vital to attract younger buyers is a 160-watt, six-speaker Pioneer AM/FM/CD model that's MP3- and satellite-compatible. New for 2010 are an organic electroluminescent display, a USB port, and the standard Aux port. A major option is an in-dash navigation system, rare indeed in this class of car. Being a Scion, these items are just the start, though. Buyers can order from more than 40 dealer-installed upgrades and accessories, as well as hundreds of aftermarket parts. Many dealer add-ons for the 2010 Scion xD are cosmetic enhancements, but they also offer a wide range of TRD performance accessories.
Kelley Blue Book describes Scions as "truly practical and affordable modes of transportation that don't loudly scream 'budget'." Even in its sub-$15,000 base format, the xD comes with cruise control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, notes Road & Track. Other standard fittings are air conditioning, a trip computer, and a rear screen wiper. Of the 2010 Scion xD, Kelley Blue Book contends, "It's an affordable, well-built vehicle with more standard equipment than a Honda Fit or a Nissan Versa."
Various reviews read by TheCarConnection.com describe the single-trimmed Scion xD as "monospec." Car and Driver explains: "you choose color, stereo, transmission, and wheel covers-with accessories providing all the tasty flavor." All audio systems offer an iPod hookup and 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." The premium stereo "and its multifunction knob" infuriate Car and Driver editors, except for their "youngest part-timers, who were keen on the programmable OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display." Kelly Blue Book notes the display can showcase "skins" that can be "created and downloaded on a special site created by Pioneer just for Scion owners." The optional Alpine Premium Sound System adds HD radio and a 4.3-inch touch-panel display, and it provides for up to three amplifiers: front, rear, and subwoofer. Several reviewers feel the upgraded system "does not improve the speakers, which lack clarity" (Car and Driver). Beyond Pioneer, "aftermarket companies like Lund, Sparco and Yakima are also committed to making personalization of the new Scion easy," Edmunds points out. A DVD navigation system and Sirius Satellite Radio can be added as well.
An xD can be optioned from mild to wild. "With available accessories from TRD," notes Road & Track, "you can turn it into a very hot little 5-door." Buyers have a choice of wheel covers or alloy rims in sizes ranging from 16 to 19 inches. And functional upgrades include "a quick-shift kit, big brakes, shorter springs, an exhaust system, a carbon-fiber engine cover," according to Edmunds. Other available options consist mostly of items that are geared toward customizing the 2010 Scion xD's appearance, like illuminated door sill enhancements, sport pedals, a carbon fiber engine cover, and a cargo cover, points out Kelley Blue Book. The optional navigation system can play DVDs while the car is parked.
The 2010 Scion xD costs more than some competitors, but it comes with better standard equipment and a huge list of custom options.