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OK, not great.
By whitewolfe001 on
Vehicle2008 Scion xD 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
ReviewI bought the car used at 44k miles. The dealer put on brand new tires, and yet, the car is HORRIBLE in snow! The tires spin/slide not only on a mere coating of snow, but something even on wet roads. It's not a small car problem, because my old Geo Prizm was a champ in snow, and my fiance's Nissan Versa is also quite good. I'm going to have to get winter tires, even though I live 1.5 flat miles from work, because frankly I don't feel safe driving this in any amount of snow. Otherwise, it's OK. The handling is not great. It has a very poor turning radius for a small car, and it's herky-jerky: the gas and brake pedals are too sensitive; it takes quite a lot of finesse to drive smoothly.
Best FeaturesI was in a hurry to get a car because my previous car failed safety inspection, and I admit I bought the Scion mostly because it was cute. It's cute all right. That's about all I can say about its good features. It's been reliable, sure... it starts. It's OK on gas but not as good as I expected for such a small car. I get 30 miles to the gallon city in the summer if I drive super carefully, but only 27-28 city in the winter when they change the fuel mix (I'm in New England.) My V6 Pontiac Grand Prix got 21-22, so this is not a great improvement in gas mileage for such a reduction in driving enjoyment.
Worst FeaturesThere are weird front end noises that no one can diagnose. I prefer automatic daytime running lights for safety, and to ensure I don't accidentally leave the headlights on, although it does warn you if you try. It's herky-jerky: the gas and brake pedals are TOO sensitive, not a smooth ride. There's a lot of engine/road noise. The aerodynamics are messed up; you can't just open a front window or you'll get a weird interior air vibration (my fiances Nissan Versa does this also). You have to crack a back window also to avoid the weird weird tunnel buzz.
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