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2005 Scion xA Hatchback


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Scion xA Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 108 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 27/35 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Scion xA

  • Roomy and well equipped, the spunky Scion xA is one of the best buys for 2005 in the economy car segment.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Handles well for an economy car, lengthy standard equipment list, comfortable seats, easy to load cargo, better deal than Toyota's Echo.

  • Cons

    The cool stuff costs extra, modest passing power with automatic transmission.

  • What's New for 2005

    The Scion xA carries over unchanged for 2005. Sales are now nationwide.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (210 total reviews)

Like its name, my grasshopper

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Vehicle: 2005 Scion xA 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)

He (yes, he's a he) scoots in and out of traffic, passing SUVs like they are standing still, leaps around clumps of snarled traffic by his quick ability to dart in and out of lanes. I named him grasshopper because the neat lines of the hatch remind me of a grasshopper's straight angled back legs. mileage could be a tad better. 25 in town, 33 highway. Packs full and I have helped folks move in this little car. The depth of hatch door opening makes it easy to toss everything into it, including the kitchen sink if need be. I work in real estate and remodelling such, and can fit an eight foot 2x4 and a 12x8 piece of carpet stuck out the window. A great lil' big car. 122,000 mi and counting...

Bad egg

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Vehicle: 2005 Scion xA 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)

Two wheel bearings out, two bent wheels replaced, stabilizers replaced, brakes and calipers replaced, wheel fitting replaced, all fluids replaced, two batteries dead. It's cost me $1,700 to repair a car worth $4,800. Screw that. It's not worth it. Go with a Honda. It's only been 78,000 miles.

Wheel bearing problems

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Vehicle: 2005 Scion xA 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)

171,000 miles. Replaced both front wheel bearings 3X. Rear bearings 1X. Too bad because everything else is original. Out of 6 cars I have owned this one is the first I ever had to replace a wheel bearing. I guess I made up for that with this one. I am looking for a new small car and since I don't want another car with wheel bearing problems I am not even going to look at the 2012 toyota yaris.

Gas Mileage


  • 27
  • cty
  • 35
  • highway
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What's New for 2005

The Scion xA carries over unchanged for 2005. Sales are now nationwide.

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