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in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,094 - $9,378
Original MSRP: $14,650 - $15,450
MPG: 27 City / 33 Hwy
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2009 Scion xD Performance

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The Scion xD's performance is considered better than its predecessor the xA, but to many, it's not up to the standards of other small cars or hatches.

  • The xD's engine allows it to "out-accelerate competing subcompacts from Honda and Nissan while also returning similar fuel economy." -- Edmunds
  • + "Driving the xD didn't make me grumpy. ... The xD was agile and easy to drive, and it had great acceleration and responsive braking. Some cheap car this is!" -- Mother Proof
  • "An adequate amount of off-the-line oomph when paired with the standard five-speed manual, and the four-speed automatic isn't half-bad in that regard, either." -- Car and Driver
  • "Neither sporty nor cushy: Body leans around corners, car jumps and hops over undulations." -- USA Today

Acceleration and Power

Test drivers like the xD's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, especially when comparing it to the engine in the now defunct Scion xA, or the still-going-strong Toyota Yaris. In terms of transmissions, most prefer the xD's four-speed automatic to the five-speed manual. The EPA has not released gas numbers for 2009 xD, but the 2008 model's automatic should achieve 26/32 mpg city/highway, and 27/33 mpg with the manual.

  • "Power. Improved, courtesy of a switch to a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder vs. the xA's 1.5-liter four-banger. Much appreciated. The car is now freeway-adequate and causes little anxiety as it merges, hustles through traffic, even passes." -- USA Today
  • "You don't have to rev the engine into its upper range to access the power needed for demanding urban driving situations." -- The Car Connection
  • "Acceleration from a stop is adequate at best with either manual or automatic transmission, but hills noticeably slow progress. Passing power is OK around town but modest at highway speeds." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The automatic had plenty of pep, but the five-speed manual felt sluggish, particularly on steep hills where I frequently had to downshift to 4th (and sometimes even 3rd) to keep up with traffic." -- About.com

Handling and Braking

While testing the xD, experts found a competent suspension system, precise steering and communicative brakes.

  • "With its short, squat stance the 2009 Scion xD is capable of handling curves and dips in the road with ease, although rough road surfaces will make the ride slightly less comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Electric power assist is tuned just right, as it is on the xB. Firm on the highway, so a sneeze doesn't wind you up in the ditch, light and quick in the parking lot to avoid arm-wrestling matches with the steering wheel while docking in slim spots." -- USA Today
  • "The brakes are strong and responsive." -- Consumer Guide
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