Used Car: 2012 Scion xD Review
Good safety and reliability scores make the 2012 Scion xD worthy of consideration, but reviewers said that some rivals deliver better performance and more comfortable cabins.
Reviewers didn’t find much excitement when driving the Scion xD, but they also didn’t find much to complain about. They said not to expect overwhelming power from its four-cylinder engine, but most agreed that it performs adequately. Many also said that both the manual and automatic transmission operate smoothly. However, one reviewer advised that sticking with the manual transmission makes the car feel livelier. Reviewers didn’t offer much commentary on the xD’s handling, but one mentioned that the steering delivers good feedback. The xD achieves 27/33 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class.
One reviewer found that the xD isn’t trimmed with the highest quality materials, but there was little else in the way of criticism about interior materials’ quality. Some critics appreciated that the xD’s gauge cluster is mounted behind the steering wheel, rather than atop the center stack as in the Scion xB. Some reviewers mentioned that the xD isn’t a good fit for tall folks. They wrote that it lacks headroom and has short seat-bottom cushions. One critic also noted that rear visibility is somewhat hampered by large rear pillars. Standard equipment includes a Pioneer stereo with Bluetooth, HD Radio and USB and auxiliary input jacks. Available features include a more powerful Pioneer stereo with a touch screen, satellite radio and Pandora Internet radio capability. The xD offers up to 35.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is less than the capacities of many hatchbacks.
Other Cars to Consider
The Honda Fit has a versatile, highly functional cabin that offers more overall cargo space than the xD. It has flexible rear seats that can fold multiple ways to handle differently-shaped cargo. The Fit also earns good reliability and safety scores.
The Volkswagen Golf is slightly bigger than the xD, and reviewers praised its comfortable seats and high-quality interior materials. Like the xD, the Golf also has an excellent safety score.