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2008 Scion xD

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2008 Scion xD Review

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Scion has, in its fairly short history, always striven to be the purveyor of uber-cool in the automotive world, looking to create true trend-setter and lifestyle-focused vehicles. What many overlook is that Scion builds products that are applicable to a wide audience of both young and old alike, as truly practical and affordable modes of transportation that don't loudly scream "budget." The 2008 Scion xD, with its aggressive short, squat stance, four doors and convenient hatchback, is a nice addition to the Scion family line-up. As a replacement for the xA, the xD delivers slightly less interior and cargo room, but offers a bigger engine with 25 additional horsepower.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a four-door hatchback that has a solid ride, bold styling and comes with nearly everything you could or would want, look no further than the 2008 Scion xD. Easy customization at the local Scion dealership is a convenient bonus.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The distinctive exterior and mono-spec interior styling might not suit everyone's tastes, and if gas consumption is a concern, the Honda Fit may be a better choice. If you tend to carry a lot of stuff, the xD's rather meager rear cargo area may not meet your needs unless you fold the second-row seats down.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2008 Scion xD is the latest four-door subcompact hatchback offering from a company that prides itself on being different. It's an affordable, well-built vehicle with more standard equipment than a Honda Fit or a Nissan Versa.

Driving the xD

Driving Impressions With its short, squat stance the 2008 Scion xD is capable of handling curves and dips in the road with ease, although rough terrain will make the ride slightly less...

comfortable. The 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, engineered with Toyota's Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) technology, delivers 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, nearly the same as the Versa and well above what is offered in the Honda Fit. This new engine is also a marked improvement over the powertrain in the discontinued xA, offering more horsepower and torque, albeit on a heavier car. As with many small cars on the market, steep hills will not really showcase the engine's power. Those who want ample acceleration from stop lights and on freeway on- and off-ramps may be happier with the standard five-speed manual transmission than the optional four-speed automatic.

Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) Screen
This optional screen built into the audio faceplate on the dash allows you to display personal "skins" to further customize the interior of the car. Skins can be created and downloaded on a special site created by Pioneer just for Scion owners.

Flexible Rear-Seat Configurations
All three seats in the rear of the car can move independently of one another and fold in a 60/40 fashion, allowing you to arrange them to suit any travel or cargo need.

2008 Scion xD Details
2008 Scion xD photo Interior

Seating is customizable with rear 60/40 fold-flat seats that can be reclined, moved forward, back, or into the floor to create more space. The dash is simple and easy to navigate with a circular radar screen-like consolidated speedometer and tachometer right in front of the driver. The xD has plenty of storage for odds and ends up front, including an upper and lower glovebox on the passenger's side and a change box and storage tray on the driver's side of the car. Satellite radio, auxiliary MP3 jacks that will fit any player---including iPod---and an available audio faceplate that can display images and short movie or video clips are all within easy reach.

Exterior
2008 Scion xD photo

Sitting wide and low, the 2008 Scion xD shares some of its bold exterior styling with other new Scions, namely the grille, multi-reflector halogen headlamps and turn signals with lights that illuminate in the sideview mirrors when each signal is activated. The vehicle also comes with 16-inch wheels and the choice of three different wheel-cover designs. In the rear, a long, narrow window with a rear wiper and small spoiler sits high above the bumper and chrome exhaust tip.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Like any Scion, the xD comes with a wide array of equipment. Noteworthy amenities include keyless entry, power locks/windows/mirrors with driver's side one-touch auto-down, a tire pressure monitoring system, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel with audio controls and four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA). To get its occupants safely to their destination, the xD is equipped with six airbags and active headrests in the front row that push the occupants back into their seats in the event of an accident. A Pioneer 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with iPod compatability and six speakers provides the soundtrack for any road trip.

Optional Equipment

Since the 2008 Scion xD comes with numerous features as standard equipment, available options consist mostly of items that are geared toward customizing the car, like illuminated door sill enhancements, sport pedals, a carbon fiber engine cover and 18-inch wheels and alloy wheel covers. A few more everyday options exist, such as a cargo cover and mat, floor mats, a navigation system and an auto-dimming mirror. A Pioneer Premium audio system, subwoofer, and XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio are also available for those who want their ride to be heard as well as seen.

Under the Hood

The xD's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) is a definite improvement over the engine in the xA. It offers 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, an increase in both of nearly 25 over the xA's powerplant. However, this more powerful engine is also moving a car nearly 300-pounds heavier, so the difference isn't very noticeable. Fuel economy with both the manual and automatic transmissions is similar to the Nissan Versa and slightly poorer than that of the Honda Fit, which has significantly less horsepower. If you're looking for the best possible mileage, stick with the manual transmission to get the most bang for your buck.


1.8-liter in-line 4
128 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
125 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 (manual), 26/32 (automatic)

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2008 Scion xD Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 153 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Tons of cargo room, small annoyances

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Tons of cargo, Easy to drive"

Cons: "Wiper speed, auto-locks/wont lock"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car is great, especially if you're short. I'm just about 5' and I don't have any blind spots in this vehicle. However, taller people may not enjoy it. There is a TON of cargo room, regardless of the kbb info page. My vehicle carries larger and more volume than any of my friends vehicles except the trucks. the seats go down super easily, the seat belts don't get in the way, and it's very easy to adjust back into place. My only complaints about this vehicle are small annoyances you don't notice until day to day life.. Such as the windshield wipers don't have an adjustable setting. The settings are all at odd speeds, too fast or too slow, and you can't change it at all. Also, the back wiper is way too fast. I cannot imagine ever needing it to go that much. So, I end up manually clicking them both or dealing with annoying wipers. Also, you cannot lock the doors with a back-up key faub. If the keys are in, you have to lock from the doors. So no warming it up with one key and getting in later with another. Also, the car auto locks after a few seconds if you turn it off. So, if you're loading things into your car, you need to either leave the hatch open the entire time or carry the key. Kind of defeats the entire purpose of the last function (not allowing you to lock keys in vehicle). Overall, great car. Just wish it was a bit more convenient for day to day."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Economical, reliable, and a great daily driver

By on Friday, October 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great fuel mileage, cheap to own, cargo,"

Cons: "No factory center armrest, lack of power,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned this car 4 years. Regular maintenance, oil changes, air filter, battery only because the car is bagged (air ride) and the dual compressors would've overworked the alternator, are the only things I've done to this car. It's my daily, even during the winter. I wish it had more power, but when I'm getting 38-44 mpg on the highway I can't complain! IDK where they came up with 32 mpg highway! Even stock I was getting 35-37 mpg highway."

10 people out of 20 found this review helpful

I LOVE MY SCION XD

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "GREAT PRICE, LIKE THE HEIGHTH OF THE SEATING"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I AM 82 YEARS OLD AND DRIVE THIS CAR FOR PLEASURE. THE SEATING IS HIGHER THAN THE NORMAL SEDAN SO IT MAKES FOR A VERY COMFORTABLE ENTRY & EXITING. MY GAS MILEAGE IS +30 MPG. ALSO TOYOTA GAVE ME FREE SERVICE FOR THE FIRST 2 YEARS ALONG WITH ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE."

7 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great on gas, feel roomy inside.

By on Sunday, April 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Roomy inside, great on gas."

Cons: "Rough ride, road noise."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This little car has been great. I get 32-39 mpg. It has been everything I expected and more. Feels roomy inside. Would like a fifth gear. A little rough in the ride dept."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great on gas, small, but roomy inside."

Cons: "Can't fit 3 car seats in it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought brand new in 2008. This has been a great car. Drove this car on a long road trip, currently drive in town and highway and it drives great. Able to fit two car seats in the back and I can still fit in the middle (of the car seats)...just wouldn't want to do that for a long road trip."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Good Commuter

By on Thursday, March 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great mileage, very reasonable price"

Cons: "No arm rests, has medium road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I drive 110 miles per day for a commute. Road noise requires a bit louder volume than I would like to use. Cruise control features are really efficient. For a compact car, this has a pretty smooth ride. It is deceptively roomy for a compact. Can handle 2 golf bags without folding the seats down. Gets reliably 30-38 mpg depending on type of driving."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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