2010 Scion xD Expert Review

You'll Like The 2010 Scion xD If...

If you want a four-door hatchback that has a solid ride, bold styling and comes with nearly everything you could or would want, look no further than the 2010 Scion xD. Easy customization at the local Scion dealership is a convenient bonus.

You May Not Like The 2010 Scion xD If...

The distinctive exterior and mono-spec interior styling might not suit everyone's tastes, and if gas consumption is a concern, the Honda Fit may be a better choice. If you tend to carry a lot of stuff, the xD's rather meager rear cargo area may not meet your needs unless you fold down the second-row seats.

What's New

For 2010, Scion adds electronic stability control and an improved 160-watt Pioneer audio system to the xD's standard equipment roster.

Interior Features

Seating is customizable with rear 60/40 fold-flat seats that can be reclined, moved forward, back, or into the floor to create more space. The dash is simple and easy to navigate with a circular radar screen-like consolidated speedometer and tachometer right in front of the driver. The xD has plenty of storage for odds and ends up front, including an upper and lower glovebox on the passenger's side and a change box and storage tray on the driver's side of the car. Satellite radio, auxiliary MP3 jacks that will fit any player – including iPod – and an audio faceplate that can display images and short movie or video clips are all within easy reach.

Exterior Features

Sitting wide and low, the 2010 Scion xD shares some of its bold exterior styling with other new Scions, namely the grille, multi-reflector halogen headlamps and turn signals with lights that illuminate in the sideview mirrors when each signal is activated. The vehicle also comes with 16-inch wheels and the choice of three different wheel-cover designs. In the rear, a long, narrow window with a rear wiper and small spoiler sits high above the bumper and chrome exhaust tip.

Driving Impressions

With its short, squat stance the 2010 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. The 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, engineered with Toyota's Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) technology, delivers 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, nearly the same as the Versa and well above what is offered in the Honda Fit. This new engine is also a marked improvement over the powertrain in the defunct xA, offering more horsepower and torque, albeit on a heavier car. As with many small cars on the market, steep hills will not really showcase the engine's power. 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.

Pricing Notes

With only one trim offered, Scion buyers can get an xD with a manual transmission for just over $15,500, while an automatic transmission will bump up the price an additional $800. The Nissan Versa starts for considerably less, but doesn't have the same standard equipment content, while the Honda Fit is closer in price but doesn't offer features like the Alpine audio system and navigation. Before going to the Scion dealership near you, be sure to check out the Fair Purchase Prices for the xD, as they will give you an idea of what to expect at your local no-haggle Scion dealership. Over time, the xD is expected to retain a resale value similar to the Honda Fit and higher than the Nissan Versa.

Notable 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, electronic stability 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 compatability and six speakers provides the soundtrack for any road trip.

Notable Options

Since the 2010 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 wheels and alloy wheel covers. A few more everyday options exist, such as a cargo cover and mat, floor mats and an auto-dimming mirror. An Alpine Premium audio system, subwoofer and XM Satellite Radio are also available, as is a plug-in navigation system (requires Alpine audio), Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and hook-ups for a backup camera.

Favorite Features

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

All three 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.

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. If you're looking for the best possible mileage, stick with the manual transmission to get the most bang for your buck.


1.8-liter in-line 4

128 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

125 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33

Editors' Notes

Scion has, in its fairly short history, always striven to be the purveyor of uber-cool in the automotive world, looking to create true trend-setter and lifestyle-focused vehicles. What many overlook is that Scion builds products that are applicable to a wide audience of both young and old alike, as truly practical and affordable modes of transportation that don't loudly scream "budget." The 2010 Scion xD, with its aggressive short, squat stance, four doors and convenient hatchback, is a nice addition to the Scion family line-up. Although it delivers slightly less interior and cargo room than to old xA it replaced in 2008, the xD is fitted with a larger engine and, more importantly, significantly more horsepower.

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Toyota scion: the car that lasts.

Scion is made by Toyota so at least I knew this car would last long. I was able to buy this car when I was young so it was a great first time car. The scion brand was definitely geared toward younger people in its style, and interior colors. The xd is pretty tiny but also has some power to it. The car does get decent gas mileage and has been great for a commute. Gas mileage is a plus but comfort is another thing, the seats are a little uncomfortable to sit in traffic for over an hour. I am happy to say I have not had any extreme issues with the car but again Toyota is a lasting brand. I am happy with my car.

- Meagan R

Small and compact. Easy and stress free to drive.

The car is very small and compact. Easy for parking. I love the Bluetooth setting. I can easily fit my things in the car. It is easy to get around the city. The car mileage is good. I drive an hour a day and fill up my gas tank once a week. The speakers are good. The heating works good. It is hard sometimes in the snow. It can get a little slippery on the roads. I think those are the tires I chose though.

- Ariana T

This is one of the best 2010 cars that you will ever find today!

This is honestly a good car to get a start in, they're completely affordable and I have never had any problems! This is my first car and I am so grateful that I have such an amazing car for my first car. If you are looking for a pretty affordable, low maintenance, good gas mileage roomy small car. Then this car is perfect for you! It is a five passenger car and has a trunk and a cool cup holder.

- Harmony F

Excellent car for the price and gas mileage.

It is been very reliable. The seats are comfortable for the front and back. The trunk is not too roomy but enough to put several bags of groceries. It does not go really fast on the highway but it is not meant to, being only a 4 cylinder. It has a lot of features like a pioneer stereo system that is stock and cruise control. It does not have fog lights but I am not missing them either.

- Rin A

It is a nice small car that is decent on gas.

I rather like my car. I do wish that there was more room and a few additional features like wiper blade speed. There is only 3 speeds on the front wipers and 1 speed on in the back. There is no middle console, which would be nice to have. I also would like to be able to move the seat back as sometimes it feels too close.

- Alexis M

Scion XD 2010 front wheel manual transmission

This vehicle lacks creator comforts. But it is very fuel efficient and my wife and I love driving it around the city. We can sneak in and park it really easily in congested areas. It is affordable to own and operate. I would recommend this vehicle to people who are looking for a low cost, quality vehicle.

- Nick D

2010 scion xd. Great car for the value!

It accelerates, handles, and perform very well. Its a basic economy car so it is lacking in interior features and comfort. But it does what it needs to do. Get me from point A to point B very well. I've only ever perform minor maintenance and have put 100k miles on it. Good brand by a great manufacturer.

- Kelly R

Eh it's okay I guess...it has potential to be better

I've had this car since 2010 and it has less and 100,000 miles on it. However it has a couple of issues especially when you hit a certain speed it starts to shake. But besides that it is a car that gets from point a go point b if it was more comfortable and better to travel in it would be a great car

- Julie M

It is a very good car for work and drive around because it is very economical.

It is small. It is very good ok gas. It takes me everywhere. What I do not like is that it is a little small. I have two kids so I need more space to take other people. I have a double stroller that does not fix in the car. I wish I had a bigger car but that is what I have to work with for now.

- Kayla P

The most important thing for others to know, is that it's mine, for better or worse, and they should keep their mitts off it.

It's a very reliable, but very cheap-feeling piece of tin on wheels. It has a sub-par sound system, the dash shelf is black and therefore turns the car into an oven in the summer, and it doesn't have an armrest. You have to pay $100 extra for a freakin arm rest.

- Roberta G

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