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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
The stereo sounded fantastic; I couldn't help but turn it up frequently.
The stereo upgrade does not improve the speakers, which lack clarity.
Car and Driver
save yourself some embarrassment by forgoing the $480 TRD sport muffler
New York Times
it's not quite like a trip to the Pimp My Ride garage, but it's as much as you can hope for at a dealership
The Bluetooth phone system offers little help and no features.
The Scion business model is set up so that the brand's vehicles are well-equipped at the dealership, but a plethora of dealer-installed options and customization possibilities call out to make these small cars a little more distinctive.
Going just by the features list, there's a surprising amount of standard equipment, from air conditioning to power features to a new Pioneer sound system with HD radio, Bluetooth and a USB port for iPod connectivity. A first-aid kit is included, as are power windows, mirrors, and locks; cruise control; a rear wiper; and a trip computer.
As with any Scion product, that's just a starting point. 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 2012 Scion xD are cosmetic enhancements, but they also offer a wide range of TRD performance accessories—including items like quick-shifter kits, larger brakes, shorter springs, or a performance exhaust system.
With the addition of Bluetooth for 2012, the Scion xD offers what most young, connected drivers want--including many things that cost extra on other models.