Friday, October 18, 2013
If you have been looking for a vehicle with the convenience of a four-door hatchback style, but with a sleeker, more modern appearance that many other hatchbacks lack, the Scion xD may just be the perfect car for you. Like most Scion models, these beautiful and reliable cars may have been designed with a younger driver in mind, but they continue to appeal to a variety of age levels. Furthermore, the xD has a low starting price point of around $16,500, and boasts outstanding fuel economy (27 city / 33 highway), making it a very savvy financial purchase.
With 128 horsepower, 125 lb-ft of torque, and a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, the Scion xD is quite the fun ride around town. You have your choice of a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
On the safety front, the xD comes standard with a total of six airbags—side, front and rear head curtain, and front seat-mounted torso. Separate seat cushion airbags in the forward section of the driver and passenger seat cushions helps to stop occupants from managing to slide under the seat belts in the event of a sudden stop. Also included is the Star Safety System’s collection of accident avoidance electronic aids, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and active front headrests to help prevent whiplash.
Scion has always done a particularly good job of offering an impressive selection of features and equipment that comes standard with every vehicle. Among these amenities include cruise control, keyless entry, audio controls built into the steering wheel, and a 160-watt Pioneer sound system complete with six speakers, iPod compatibility, and Bluetooth.
For greater customization, Scion offers numerous optional equipment upgrades or special features to include in your xD. If you’re an audio junkie, you may wish to give serious consideration to upgrading the standard audio system to a Pioneer Premium 5.8-inch full-color touch screen. This top-of-the-line system includes Pandora Internet radio and iTunes Tagging. If making your xD more sporty and flashy is your goal, consider carbon-fiber door trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, illuminated doorsills, and sport pedals. No matter what your taste, chances are there is something that will interest you.
Being classified as a smaller hatchback vehicle does not mean the xD isn’t able to provide plenty of cargo space—indeed, with the rear seats folded, you have an impressive
35.7 cubic feet of
space you can work with. With the seats in place, 10.5 cubic feet is
still available. Plenty of smaller storage spaces exist within the cabin, too.
This makes it easier than ever to find a favorite pocket to stash your
sunglasses, or locate a convenient little nook for safely storing your
registration and insurance documentation.
Almost everyone loves accessorizing their new ride, and many new xD owners are no exception. Scion’s list of available accessories is comprehensive, with offerings including a remote engine starter, security system, mudguards, auto-dimming rearview mirror, floor mats, and carbon fiber B-pillar applique. To help protect the paint on your hood or bumpers, consider investing in paint protection film. This film is pre-cut to fit your xD exactly, and will help resist the cosmetic damage that rocks, inclement weather, and other debris can have on your paint job over time. Taking proper precautions with these high-traffic areas of your vehicle can save you needless stress and wasted money on auto body repair down the road.
Want to beef up your ride? Consider Scion’s selection of performance-enhancing gear. From the TRD sport muffler, to leather shift knob, to lowering springs, to oil and radiator caps, Scion has made it easy to improve and customize the way your vehicle looks and handles.
Scion is a perfect blend of form, function, and safety—and the critics agree, too. Intellichoice named the 2012 xD for its Motorist Choice Award, an award that acknowledges highest customer satisfaction combined with lowest total cost of ownership. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety selected both the 2012 and 2013 xDs as a Top Safety Pick.
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