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2011 Scion xD
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Scion introduced the xD as a vehicle that would cater to younger generation car buyers, and they definitely have hit the hip and trendy generation Y mark. With a wide selection of accessories and modifications available, anyone can build their Scion to their liking. Since its debut in 2008, the Scion xD sub-compact hatchback has made huge strides over the last couple years, not only with available features but overall design inside and out.
 


 
The 2011 Scion xD Release Series 3.0 (as test driven) is equipped with a 1.8L 4-cylinder DOHC 16V Dual VVT-I engine with 128 horse power ; a class-leading power plant under the hood. While the Scion xD and competing class members share a similar fuel efficiency of 27 city and 33 highway, (note: the Fiesta gets 37 on the highway and has a 16 gallon tank whereas the others have 10/11 gallon tanks) it does rise above the rest with 125 lbs of torque whereas the others range from 98 to 112; a notable difference in off-the-line power. The xD driven had a front wheel drive 4 speed automatic transmission, but has the available option of a 5 speed manual transmission as well. Aside from the engine and fuel efficiency, the Scion xD has really come to stand out in its class on its looks alone. Scion has stayed away from the typical hatchback egg-shape and has leaned more towards a miniature boxy SUV design making it much more appealing than its counterparts. With eight different color choices and a wide variety of modified paint options, the xD has given the hatchback body style a new attitude and reputation. The power side mirrors with turn signal indicators, multi-reflector halogen headlights, roof mounted antenna, chrome exhaust tip, color-keyed rear spoiler and body kit with B-pillar appliqué and 16” steel full wheel covers place the xD in a class of its own when it comes to looking good. As for safety, the xD takes it as seriously as it does it’s good looks. It comes fully equipped with the Star Safety System which includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking system, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. In addition to these features, the driver and front passenger are protected with the advanced airbag system and seat-mounted side airbags, while rear passengers have side curtain airbags, also combined with 3-point seatbelts for all passengers. All xD trims come standard with the Tire Pressure Monitoring system and a first aid kit.
Keeping in mind that this vehicle is geared towards the younger generation, Scion kept things relatively simple on the interior. While technology is a primary want versus a need these days, the xD is a prime example that less is more. Younger generations definitely don’t need any more distractions on the road than they already have so with basic temperature controls and basic entertainment controls available on the steering wheel, there is almost no excuse to be distracted. Optional features included on the vehicle driven were the BLU Logic Handsfree System, the all weather floor mats, center armrest, and cargo cover. Standard equipment includes cruise control, dual sun visors with vanity mirrors, power windows, power locks with remote keyless entry system and multi-information display. The auxiliary audio jack and USB ports allow for the connection of mp3 players so you can blast any kind of music through the 6-speaker Pioneer audio system; Alpine audio and navigation systems are available as optional upgrades. Rear seats split 60/40 to recline or fold down flat for extra cargo space. The Scion xD fits 5 passengers comfortably providing 33.9 inches of leg room and 37.6 inches of head room for second row passengers.


The Sicon xD starts at a base MSRP price of $15,110 for the 5dr HB Manual trim and goes up to $17,705 for the 5dr HB Automatic Release Series 3.0. For more information on this vehicle please visit www.NADAguides.com.





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