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2012 Scion xD

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2012 Scion xD Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.8

In an attempt to give younger customers everything they want and nothing they don’t, the 2012 Scion xD aims to further simplify the car shopping experience with additional standard equipment on top of the availability of nearly three dozen dealer-installed options. The Scion xD offers impressive passenger and cargo carrying capabilities for its size thanks to its hatchback design and versatile seating configurations. And while newer competitors like the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 are more fun to drive and offer better fuel economy, the Scion xD possesses unique advantages over its competitors like Toyota’s reputation for reliability and Scion’s celebrated no-haggle pricing.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are on the hunt for a 5-door hatchback with an array of customizable accessories, loads of cargo space, a strong reputation for reliability, and a generous offering of standard equipment, the 2012 Scion xD will deliver.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are looking for a subcompact hatchback with class-leading fuel economy, you might be happier with the Chevrolet Sonic or Ford Fiesta. Additionally, if your budget cannot exceed the $15K mark, the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent are worthy alternatives.

What's New for 2012

Scion adds a new Pioneer audio system with HD Radio and Bluetooth to the 2012 xD. In addition, a new Release Series 4.0 model is available for 2012 with Blizzard Pearl paint, gunmetal-finished 16-inch alloy wheels and exterior-color-matched interior trim.

Driving the xD
Driving Impressions

The 2012 Scion xD is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder powerplant, engineered with Toyota's Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) technology. Although it delivers only 128 horsepower and 125 lb-ft...

... of torque, the engine’s broad powerband allows 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 a better sense of acceleration from stoplights and on freeway on- and off-ramps will be happier with the standard 5-speed manual transmission than the optional 4-speed automatic. With its short, squat stance the 2012 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 Display
This brilliant audio system display features customizable backgrounds as well as a personalized welcome screen. Scion owners can create and download their own backgrounds on an exclusive website developed by Pioneer electronics.

Convenient Storage
Despite its compact dimensions, the xD features a profusion of storage cubbies, boxes, trays and hidden compartments for your mobile life.

2012 Scion xD Details
2012 Scion xD photo Interior

The Scion xD’s interior is most notable for its spaciousness rather than expressive design. The xD’s tall ceiling nullifies headroom concerns, and the sliding and reclining rear seat serves up considerable legroom – even for passengers over six feet tall. Spacious for its category, the xD cabin is complemented by a dual glove box, cell phone storage tray and a concealed compartment located below the rear cargo floor. The dash layout is plain and a bit drab, but the controls are large and easy to use. And though hard plastics are common at this price point, most of the xD’s surfaces are low-gloss and deeply textured.

Exterior
2012 Scion xD photo

From its bulldog snout to its smoothly blended sheetmetal, the Scion xD certainly stands out among the crowd of traditional compacts. Engineered with versatility in mind, the 2012 xD features a cargo-friendly, utilitarian profile design to optimize interior volume. The xD offers a choice of three 16-inch wheels covers, 18-inch alloy wheels and a multitude of exterior adornments to make your xD truly unique. The limited-edition Release Series 4.0 takes personal expression to a new level with its Blizzard Pearl paint, color-matched interior trim and unique soft-touch seating surfaces.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Like all Scion vehicles, the xD comes with a wide array of standard equipment. Noteworthy amenities include keyless entry, a multi-information display with various vehicle-related data, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, and a 160-watt Pioneer sound system with iPod compatibility, six speakers and Bluetooth. To help ensure its occupants arrive safely at their destination, the 2012 xD is equipped with six airbags, active front headrests to help prevent whiplash injuries, and the Star Safety System’s collection of accident-avoiding electronic aids.

Optional Equipment

Since the 2012 Scion xD offers a host of equipment as standard fare, available options consist mainly of items 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 a new Pioneer Premium audio system with a full-color 5.8-inch touch screen, iTunes Tagging and Pandora Internet radio. Similarly, Scion offers an available navigation system with a larger 7-inch display, DVD player and backup-camera hook-up.

Under the Hood

The 2012 xD's 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine delivers 128 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. The xD’s singular engine choice can be matched to either a 5-speed manual or a less efficient – and antiquated – 4-speed automatic gearbox. Furthermore, the Scion xD’s outdated drivetrain relegates it to the lower tier of the segment in terms of fuel efficiency.

2012 Scion xD
1.8-liter inline-4
128 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
125 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 mpg

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2012 Scion xD Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 154 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

I rated my little car because I love it!

By on Monday, June 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

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

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

"I fell in love with the look of my Nautical Blue 2008 Scion xD the moment I saw it and it has turned out to have been the best car! I had to put in an alternator when it was 6 or 7 years old. I just put in at 150,000 miles, 4spark plugs and one coil. Other than these things, it just been regular maintenance and was dependable, problem free driving. I just bought the 2016 Scion iM and it is gorgeous, Pearl white, and it feels like a bigger car in comparison, and all the included technology you would think I would like. Back up camera, voice recognition etc. but I like the Scion xD better because it is simpler. Turn the knob to go back to a song I just scanned by. I have to study how to do that with the new one. Turn the A/C on or off up or down, this new one I still have to figure out. I have it on automatic so it's probably going to be fine and I just need to get through the learning curve. But I don't want to have to have a learning curve though. The xD seems to have less blind spots than the IM. The xD seems easier to maneuver for me. It might be my age, but I prefer my xD to the gorgeous new one. More maneuverable, less blind spots, less technology to figure out."

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."

10 people out of 15 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."

12 people out of 22 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."

8 people out of 18 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."

15 people out of 26 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."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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