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2011 Scion xD

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2011 Scion xD Review

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Talk with people accustomed to driving large vehicles and the one thing they claim to despise about small cars is, well, how small they feel; fear of being run over by larger traffic is probably a close second. To make its 2011 xD more appealing to anxious Americans, Scion has created a car that features an aggressive short, squat stance, but that also feels a bit taller than the average economy car. Thanks in part to its tall doors, large wheels and narrow side glass, the xD looks almost like a little SUV. First and foremost, however, the xD is a cool economy car, as popular with younger drivers who like to customize their rides as it is with urban commuters who require inexpensive, efficient and reliable transportation.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in the market for a four-door hatchback that offers good fuel economy, has a sporty feel and comes loaded with just about everything you'd add anyway, check out the 2011 Scion xD. An accessories catalog as thick as War and Peace allows for nearly-infinite customization.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those looking for maximum cargo and passenger space might be happier with the larger Scion xB. If you seek to own the most fuel-efficient subcompact on the block, you might be happier driving the Honda Fit.

What's Significant About This Car?

Changes to the 2011 Scion xD are mostly cosmetic. The xD receives a revised grille and rear spoiler, as well as the addition of titanium silver accents to the instrument panel cluster and speedometer. Enhancements to the xD's shocks and springs help to improve the car's ride and handling.

Driving the xD

Driving Impressions The 2011 Scion xD is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, engineered with Toyota's Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) technology. Although it delivers only 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet...

of torque, the car's light weight and efficient automatic transmission allow it to zip around in city traffic without complaint. Unfortunately, the xD is no different than most economy cars and will strain to tackle steep hills or overtake slower moving traffic. 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. With its short, squat stance the 2011 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.

Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) Screen
This groovy 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
The 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.

2011 Scion xD Details
Interior

The mono-spec interior theme, clad mostly in black, seems a bit drab for such a hip car, but the design is efficient and functional. The xD's front seats don't offer much in the way of lower back or thigh support, but The 60/40 fold-flat rear seats are highly flexible and can be reclined, moved backward or forward and even folded into the floor to create more space. A circular radar screen-like speedometer with integrated tachometer is properly placed in front of the driver (as opposed to the center-mounted cluster in the xB), while large controls for the ventilation and audio are within easy reach. Storage space is plentiful aboard the xD, including twin upper and lower gloveboxes, door and console cup holders and even a coin box. Satellite radio, auxiliary MP3 jacks that will fit any player – including iPod – and a choice of Pioneer or Alpine audio systems round out the xD's entertainment choices.

Exterior

The 2011 Scion xD shares the same type of bold grille, multi-reflector halogen headlamps and integrated side-view mirror turn signals found on all Scion vehicles. But, unlike the boxy xB, the xD has a sleeker stance that relates it more to the sporty tC Coupe. The xD's hatchback design incorporates a long but narrow rear window completed by a rear defroster and wiper/washer. The xD offers a choice of three 16-inch wheel covers, as well as 16- and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Release Series 3.0 features unique xPresso brown paint, body kit and carbon-fiber exterior trim pieces.

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 compatibility and six speakers provides the soundtrack for any road trip.

Optional Equipment

Since the 2011 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 alloy wheels. A few more everyday options exist, such as a cargo cover and mat, floor mats and an auto-dimming mirror. More significant options include an Alpine Premium audio system with navigation, subwoofer and XM Satellite Radio, Scion navigation radio with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, hook-ups for a backup camera and Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control.

Under the Hood

The xD's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with dual Variable Valve Timing offers 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. 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.

1.8-liter in-line 4
128 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
125 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33

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2011 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."

1 person out of 1 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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