2012 Scion XD Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The xD is Scion’s subcompact hatchback that debuted at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show and replaced the xA in the Scion lineup for 2008. Sharing the same platform with the Toyota Yaris, the xD is a five-door hatchback just like the xA but offers a more aggressive look and more power. The xD has nearly the same length and height as the xA but it is about an inch wider and 3.6-inch longer wheelbase. Highlighted by a wide stance, thick muscular body, accentuated wheel flares and large tires, the xD has a short and wide frame that is designed to give it better handling and comfort.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Scion xD four-door hatchback is available in two trim levels: base and Release Series 4.0.
Standard equipment for the base xD includes 16-inch steel wheels with a choice of three covers, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, a tilt steering wheel with integral audio controls, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio and a six-speaker Pioneer CD/MP3 audio system with iPod/USB connectivity and a subwoofer RCA output.
Available only in Blizzard Pearl (white), the Release Series 4.0 trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, matching interior white paint (on the center console, door panels and steering wheel) and unique fabric upholstery with white stitching. Production of this trim is limited to 800 units.
Factory options are not offered in lieu of dealer-installed accessories that include a rear spoiler, keyless remote entry, remote ignition, a sport steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a cargo cover, a center armrest, a navigation system, a premium sound system with touchscreen interface, satellite radio, illuminated door sills and a host of TRD performance parts.
Powertrains and Performance
Powering the 2012 Scion xD is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. Buyers may choose between a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety features on the 2012 Scion xD include antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front active head restraints.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the xD was deemed “Acceptable” (the second-highest score) in frontal-offset crashes and “Good” (the highest score) in side-impact crashes. In Edmunds braking testing, the xD stopped from 60 mph in a respectable 123 feet.
Interior Design and Special Features
Within its cabin, the xD boasts a cool, minimalist look colored in shades of dark gray with lots of matte-finish metal. Entertainment and climate controls are arrayed logically on the center stack and flow down to a nesting space for phones and iPods (with a USB/aux port close by). The optional Pioneer audio system features six speakers and a touchscreen that mimics an iPod’s functions, and is also available with navigation.
The xD’s gauge cluster is a curious design, divided into three partitions with a disorienting speedometer/tachometer sharing the same circular pod. As the speedo needle spins clockwise, the tach needle climbs toward it from the opposite hemisphere.
The seating position is very upright, and taller drivers might suffer from a shortage of legroom, not to mention a steering column that doesn’t telescope. Headroom is generous, though, and rear passengers will enjoy ample space thanks to a reclining seatback and sliding seat bottom. The xD stiffs you on cargo space, since its 35.7 cubic feet falls short of that offered by most rivals; the Honda Fit, for example, offers 57 cubes.
The 2012 Scion xD won’t tempt you to take the long way home, but its 1.8-liter engine offers uncommon zest for this segment. The electric-controlled power steering feels artificial at lower speeds, but it’s fairly precise and weights up nicely during cornering. While the ride around town is compliant and comfortable, the flip side of that coin is that the xD will be no one’s first choice for energetic cornering. If you want an engaging drive, this isn’t it, but if your priorities lie elsewhere, the xD’s driving character should prove satisfactory.
2012 Scion XD Price :
MSRP range:$15,345 – $16,145
Invoice price range:$14,577 – $15,337
2012 Scion XD Specs :
Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 2625
City (MPG) : 27
Hwy (MPG) : 33
Horsepower : 128@6000
Torque (lb-ft) : 125@4400
Wheelbase : 96.9
Length (in.) : 154.7
Width (in.) : 67.9
Height (in.) : 59.4