We bought this car for our 16 yr. old two years ago. 2 years later she loves her car even more with the sky rocketing fuel prices. She was rear ended last year at 30 MPH by a Ford F-150 and the car protected her wonderfully (in fact the frame didn't bend!) Was repaired like new in 10 days. We have not had any problems mechanical problems to date even after the accident. The Xa has excellent vision with few blind spots and is a very fun car to drive. With our high dollar Japanese and Euro imports costing $60.00-$80.00 dollars every fill up, any short coming (not many) of the Xa is made up at the pump!
Toyota quality, Sound System, Fuel efficiency, the unique "Potato" look..., Handled an accident surprisingly well. Lots of after market accessories. Neon blue floor lighting!
Improved highway gear (5th gear on auto). Improved center arm rest (although you can buy an after market console)