HAD this car for 2 months. ride is a
little to firm but I knew this when I
boughtit. Long term I expext it will
be very reliable. I changed the
bridgestone Potenza tires and put
Michelin Harmony. Harmony tire has
much better grip on slippery surface
but did not improve ride.
Love the interior. Good handling for
an economy car.
After driving the same car for 14
years, we needed something new. The
sporty xA (as opposed to the hideous,
boxy xB) was just what we were looking
for. Power steering, brakes, windows,
and door locks, anti-lock brakes,
driver and passenger airbags, awesome
fuel economy (we average about 30mpg),
CD player/six-speaker stereo system
and comfortably seats five - all
standard! These features alone blew us
away. Our son is 6'4" and sits
comfortably in the back seat. We've
comfortably fit 5 adults at once. The
only upgrades we purchased were fog
lights and the six-disc CD changer,
and it still cost us under $14,000.
The Toyota engineering was also a
major selling point. Highly
The clean, uncluttered dash is great.
The fuel efficiency is fantastic. But
the tiny size is probably the best
feature - we can park the xA anywhere,
and it zips in and out of traffic with
the greatest of ease.
Cruise control would have been nice,
and an auto-up feature on the driver's
window (to compliment the auto-down)
would have been nice, but this
vehicle, for its class, is truly hard
to improve upon.
We've only had this car for a few
weeks, but have totally enjoyed it.
Even though the sticker (and the
dealer) said we'd only get 31-36mpg
we've found that using 89 octane
instead of 87, and driving sensibly
have gotten us an average of 38-43
mpg. The car is fun! It is packed with lots
of nice standard features and the RS 1.0 version
adds a nice "moon roof", cool wheels,
and much more agile handling than the
standar Scion xA. I with that it came with
cruise control though. We've added the cold
air induction system and gotten a lot
better acceleraton with no apparent
negative effect on gas mileage. There
aren't many Scions around here so no
one seems to know what it is. It's easy to
find in a parking lot full of look alikes.
It looks cool and is very fun to drive. On the
RS 1.0 package, I like the wheels,
interior, stability package. I love the fact
that there are many options and
accessories I can add myself when it
fits the budget. It has a very roomy interior
for a very small car.
1. It needs Cruise Control
2. A little more power might be nice,
but not if it gulps gas.