Scion xD

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Scion xD
2008 Scion xD
Parent companyToyota Motor Corporation
Also calledToyota ist/Toyota Ractis
AssemblyToyota, Aichi, Japan (Takaoka)
PredecessorScion xA
Body style(s)5-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)1.8 L 128 hp (95 kW) 2ZR-FE I4
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase96.9 in (2460 mm)
Length154.7 in (3930 mm)
Width67.9 in (1725 mm)
Height60.0 in (1525 mm)
RelatedToyota Yaris
Toyota Ractis
Toyota ist
ManualService Manual

The Scion xD is a five-door hatchback subcompact marketed in the US by Japanese automaker Toyota beginning with the 2008 model year — replacing the xA. The Scion xD and the second generation xB were first shown to the public on February 8, 2007 at the Chicago Auto Show.[1] The new xD appeared at Scion showrooms in summer 2007.



The Scion xD comes standard with power locks, mirrors, and windows, and 16" wheels and tires. The vehicle also has ABS, cruise control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and side curtain airbags as standard features. The only factory installed option is Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC)[2].

For 2008, a choice from three new head units made by Pioneer are available. All sound systems feature six speakers and standard iPod connectivity. The base head unit has MP3, WMA, and AAC CD compatibility, and Scion's SSP equalizer presets, as well as orange lighting. The Premium head unit has all the features of the base unit, but also has a small LCD that can display pictures and movies downloaded from Pioneer's website in addition to the features on the base unit and has two different lighting schemes, blue and orange. A navigation system is also available. The SNS 100 system can play DVD movies in addition to GPS functionality and the features of the base system, aside from the backlit color choices.



The front-wheel-drive xD comes with the 2ZR-FE DOHC 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with dual VVT-i that makes 128 bhp (95 kW) and 125 lb·ft (169 N·m) of torque. It can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. The 2008 United States Environmental Protection Agency‎ mileage is estimated at 26 mpg-US (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpg-imp) city and 32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp) highway.

Similar models

The xD is a second-generation Toyota ist; the first was marketed in the U.S. as a Scion xA. It is essentially a mildly elongated five-door Toyota Vitz. The Vitz is a three door marketed in the U.S. as the Yaris. Thus, the five-door Yaris was not offered in the U.S. market when the three-door and sedan were launched; however, as of 2009, the five-door Vitz will be offered in the US as the Yaris. The xD features the same sliding and reclining rear seat that is optional on the Yaris three-door. Unlike the Yaris and xA/first generation Ist, the xD's instrument gauges are located behind the steering wheel (as opposed to being centered atop the dashboard). But, the speedometer and the tachometer are on the same dial counterrotating.

Release Series

Similar to other Scion models, the xD adds Release Series limited edition models for each model year. Because of 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.


  • xD RS 1.0: only available in Hot Lava Orange with 2,000 units produced.


According to Consumer Reports, the xD was the most reliable new automobile for 2009, with 83 percent fewer problems than average.

US sales

Calendar Year Sales
2006 n/a
2007 10,948
2008 27,665


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