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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,975 - $12,221
Original MSRP: $15,110 - $17,705
MPG: 27 City / 33 Hwy
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2011 Scion xD Interior

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The 2011 Scion xD carries an impressive list of standard and optional features that rivals its competitors, but when it comes to comfortable seating for the driver and passengers, the xD is easily trumped by its classmates.

  • "The interior is awash in hard plastics but avoids looking really cheap. High-mounted audio and climate controls are easy to reach and decipher. The available navigation system incorporates some audio controls, complicating their use. Some testers dislike that the stereo's power button is separate from the volume knob." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Your teen...will love this car and its modern-looking instrument panel and center stack, which you'll like because the climate-control knobs are so easy to use." -- Mother Proof
  • "The xD is certainly not a roomy vehicle, but when you're a Generation-Y consumer looking for economy, room is not likely the top priority." -- Denver Daily News

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Seating

The 2011 Scion xD’s seats aren’t all that comfortable. Shorter drivers and front passengers will find the front seat comfortable and, but the taller they are, the more uncomfortable they’ll be. Plus, the steering wheel doesn’t telescope, so it will be difficult for the driver to find a comfortable position.

While the rear seats slide forward and backward, test drivers say this novelty doesn’t increase comfort. For more spacious seating all-around, check out the Honda Fit.

  • "The xD's seating position is upright, but taller drivers may complain of a legroom shortage. The steering column doesn't telescope, which will further annoy the longer of leg." -- Edmunds
  • "The seat is high set, but entry and exit suffer from fairly narrow door openings. Limited legroom means even smaller passengers will be cramped. Fore and aft sliding seats seem more like a novelty than a benefit to passenger comfort." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Miraculously, everyone was comfortable when I packed the whole family into the xD. That's always such a pleasure with small cars." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The xD comes with remote keyless entry, power windows, power door locks and a tilt steering wheel with audio controls. It also has a Pioneer audio system, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port with iPod connectivity. Beyond these features, you can add a navigation system, Alpine Premium Audio System, and satellite radio. Reviewers aren’t overly impressed with the Apline navigation system, though.

  • "The optional Alpine audio system's touchscreen replicates the functions on your iPod, which is a nice touch; however, the standard speakers aren't anything special, and the Alpine system doesn't bring any upgrades in this regard." -- Edmunds
  • "Now, I know those young people like their black-colored interiors, and most teens aren't bothered if they're dirty. But not me; black interiors make me crazy. Scuffs show up at the blink of an eye, and sand is a major nuisance because it's so visible on those floormats. Lint, nose monkeys and other detritus from kids are laid bare for all to see in a black interior. Why is this an issue? Because Scion doesn't offer any other interior colors, only Dark Charcoal. That's a deal-breaker for this otherwise very-interested-in-a-Scion mom." -- Mother Proof
  • "The dash is simple and easy to navigate with a circular radar screen-like consolidated speedometer and tachometer right in front of the driver." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

With only 10.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 35.7 cubic feet with the rear seats down, the Scion xD’s cargo hold is small in comparison to other hatchbacks like the Honda Fit. The xD’s big brother, the Scion xB provides more space: a total of 69.9 cubic feet with the seats folded.

  • "Although not as capacious as other compact hatches, the xD provides a useful 35.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded." -- Edmunds
  • "The large cargo area includes underfloor bins, but there's only room for a few grocery bags with the rear seat up and shoved back to accommodate passengers. There are plenty of in-cabin slots and pockets, but some of them are too small to be really useful." -- Consumer Guide