Scion xA

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Scion xA
2004-05 Scion xA
Parent companyToyota Motor Corporation
Also calledToyota ist-122A4
AssemblyToyota City, Japan
SuccessorScion xD
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)1.5L 103 hp I4
Transmission(s)4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase93.3 in (2370 mm)
Length154.1 in (3914 mm)
Width66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height60.2 in (1529 mm)
Curb weight2,341 lb (1061 kg)
Fuel capacity11.9 US gal (45 L; 10 imp gal)
RelatedToyota bB
Toyota Platz
Toyota Vitz
ManualService Manual
2006 Scion xA

Scion xA was a five-door hatchback subcompact marketed in the US from 2004-2006 — as an export model of the Japanese Domestic Market Toyota ist. Based on the first generation Toyota Vitz hatchback, the xA shared a platform with the Toyota Platz sedan.

The xA received a minor facelift for the 2006 model year, before importation ended in December 2006. The xA's successor, the xD was delivered to US dealerships beginning in August 2007 as a 2008 model.

Technical data

  • Engine:
    • 1.5 L DOHC I4 engine.
    • 108 hp (81 kW) @ 6000 rpm (revised to 103 SAE net horsepower in 2006)
    • 105 ft·lbf (142 Nm) of torque @ 4200 rpm (revised to 101 ft·lbf in 2006)
  • Cargo volume: 11.7 ft³ (331 L)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy ratings 2004: 32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp)/38 mpg-US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg-imp) for both manual and automatic transmission.
  • EPA fuel economy ratings 2005/2006: 32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp)/37 mpg-US (6.4 L/100 km; 44 mpg-imp) with manual transmission, 31 mpg-US (7.6 L/100 km; 37 mpg-imp)/38 mpg-US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg-imp) with automatic transmission.
  • 2008 EPA revised fuel economy ratings for the 2004 model are 27 mpg-US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg-imp)/ 34 mpg-US (6.9 L/100 km; 41 mpg-imp) for both manual and automatic transmission. For the 2005 and 2006 models, fuel economy is estimated at 27 mpg-US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg-imp)/34 mpg-US (6.9 L/100 km; 41 mpg-imp) for vehicles with a manual transmission and 27 mpg-US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg-imp)/35 mpg-US (6.7 L/100 km; 42 mpg-imp) for those with an automatic transmission.[1]
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.31
  • 0-60 mph: 9.0-9.8 seconds

[2]*1/4 mile: 17.4-18.0 seconds

Some of the revisions for 2006 include modified bumpers and side skirts, as well as turn signal indicators on the side mirrors and audio controls located on the steering wheel. The xA was also the first production vehicle to offer an optional iPod input with head unit display, as well as a more refined, user-friendly head unit and more exterior colors.

Release series

Beginning in late spring 2004 with the launch of the 2004 Scion xB RS 1.0 (Release Series 1.0) Scion decided to create limited edition vehicles pre-packaged with exclusive accessories in limited quantities. Limited Edition vehicles from a marketing standpoint were used to create a buzz for the brandname, with their exterior colors tending to be loud or bright hues (i.e. orange, yellow, red, blue, green). Because of the growing popularity of the Scion product line and the scarce production runs (most dealers only got 2-3 of each RS model), these limited edition vehicles quickly sell out. Preordering is available at each dealership on a first-come, first-served basis. To the customer's benefit, Scion's "Pure Price" MSRP binds dealerships against market-demand vehicle mark-up. Naturally, resale values of Release Series vehicles command a premium because of their packaged options and scarcity.


  • xA RS 1.0: Available only in Absolutely Red, standard equipment included a sports grille and color-keyed rear spoiler, power moonroof, and vehicle stability control (VSC). Only 1,550 units were produced.[3]


  • xA RS 2.0 only available in Spectra Blue Mica with 1,700 units produced


  • xA RS 3.0 only available in Stingray Metallic light blue with 2,500 units produced

US sales

Calendar Year Sales
2002[4] n/a
2003 3,962
2004[5] 24,184
2005 28,033
2006 32,603
2007 9,547
2008 39


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