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Scion xD Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 128 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 27/33 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2010 Scion xD

  • A stylized exterior and an impressive features list should attract buyers to the 2010 Scion xD, but some competing models offer more utility and fun.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Extensive customization options, nifty sliding/reclining backseat, high-tech stereo systems.

  • Cons

    Unimpressive cargo space, unfriendly to tall drivers.

  • What's New for 2010

    The 2010 Scion xD receives standard stability control and minor audio system tweaks.

Full 2010 Scion xD Review

What's New for 2010

The 2010 Scion xD receives standard stability control and minor audio system tweaks.


Manufactured by Toyota, the four-door 2010 Scion xD hatchback is essentially a slightly more powerful Toyota Yaris, with the same 96.9-inch wheelbase but an extra 4 inches of overall length. As such, shoppers shouldn't commence their xD test-drives with sky-high expectations. However, the xD is certainly a competent compact, and it offers the unique advantage of Scion's extensive dealer-installed options roster and no-haggle pricing. If you like the sound of a customizable econocar right off the lot with an easy buying experience, the xD merits strong consideration.

One clear edge the xD enjoys over the Yaris is a relatively inspired dash design and gauge placement: Whereas the Yaris has maddening center-mounted gauges, the xD's are behind the steering wheel where they belong. The xD also has a larger 1.8-liter engine that provides decent acceleration along with average fuel economy for this segment. One big draw for the xD is its backseat, which reclines and slides fore and aft -- an unusual feature in this segment.

But the best reason to consider the xD is the lengthy list of options that your Scion dealer will happily install. A spoiler, fancy shift knobs, an ambient lighting system with footwell and cupholder illumination, illuminated doorsill logos, TRD performance upgrades, sport pedals, a sport steering wheel ... it's not quite like a trip to the Pimp My Ride garage, but it's as much as you can hope for at a dealership. That's always been the Scion shtick, and it's the xD's only real claim to fame. The car itself is largely forgettable, but yours won't be once you're done customizing it.

If customization and funky styling are indeed important, the 2010 ScionxD is no longer the only game in town, joined this year by the Kia Soul and Nissan Cube. Among affordable hatchbacks, though, the Honda Fit reigns supreme from a rational standpoint. Relative to the Fit, the xD has less passenger space, less cargo capacity and is less enjoyable to drive. Still, the xD is slightly more affordable, and none of the above can match its variety of customization options. If you want to accessorize your econocar to the max without turning to the aftermarket, the xD is where it's at.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Scion xD is a four-door subcompact hatchback available in one trim level. Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels with a choice of three covers, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, a tilt steering wheel with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a six-speaker CD/MP3 Pioneer stereo with an electroluminescent screen, iPod/USB connectivity and a subwoofer RCA output.

The optional Alpine audio system keeps the same speaker components but adds a 4.3-inch color touchscreen and both front and rear RCA outputs as well as Media Expander technology, which is said to improve the sound quality of compressed digital music (i.e. MP3 files). The Alpine system can be augmented with an optional plug-in navigation system that utilizes the color display. Other options include TRD performance parts and a wide variety of custom add-ons.

Powertrains and Performance

Motivated by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, the xD comes with a standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic. Scion's little hatch zips to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds with the manual transmission, a solid performance that even bests the Fit's sprint by a few tenths. Fuel economy is only average, however, at 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined with either transmission.


The 2010 Scion xD features antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front active head restraints. In government crash tests, the diminutive xD received four stars for frontal impacts and a perfect five stars for side impacts. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the xD was deemed "Acceptable" (the second-highest score) in frontal-offset crashes and "Good" (the highest score) in side-impact crashes. In braking testing, the xD came to a stop from 60 mph in an impressive 123 feet.

Interior Design and Special Features

The xD's interior is at once functional and stylish. The optional Alpine audio system's touchscreen replicates the functions on your iPod, which is a nice touch; however, the standard speakers aren't anything special, and the Alpine system doesn't bring any upgrades in this regard.

In a welcome departure from an unfortunate trend among Toyota's compact cars, the xD's gauges are right where they should be: in front of the driver instead of atop the center stack. However, the speedometer and tachometer are placed in the same circular pod and run toward each other. Imagine a clock where the minute and hour hands move in opposite directions and you'll get the idea. The tachometer in particular is hard to read. Happily, the car's major controls are a model of simplicity.

The xD's seating position is upright, but taller drivers may complain of a legroom shortage. The steering column doesn't telescope, which will further annoy the longer of leg. Headroom is quite good, though, and two rear passengers will find ample space thanks to the reclining seatback and sliding seat bottom. Although not as capacious as other compact hatches, the xD provides a useful 35.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Scion xD won't tempt you to take the long way home, but its 1.8-liter engine offers uncommon zest for this segment. The electric power steering feels artificial at lower speeds, but it's fairly precise and weights up nicely during cornering. While the ride around town is more compliant than the Fit's, the flip side of that coin is that the xD will be no one's first choice for back-road romps. If you want an engaging drive, this isn't it -- but if your priorities lie elsewhere, the xD's driving character should prove satisfactory.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Don't sweat the tire size

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Vehicle: 2010 Scion xD 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

The XD uses a 195/60-16 tire which gives one very few options, none of them good. However one can use a 205/55-16 on the same rim and there are over 150 tire choices. The difference in the two sizes are fractions of an inch in both tread width (.5 in.) and sidewall height (.17 in.)

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Vehicle: 2010 Scion xD 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

My son had an accident late in 2012. The accident was bad and the car was destroyed. None of the air bags deployed and injuries were incured. I asked Toyota/Scion to inspect the car to see if there was a problem. After months I finally got a response which basically said that the car performed as designed. I asked for a copy of the report because the answer was suspect. They told me "the bumper, grill and hood and vaious engine components crushed as designed, thereby absorbing and lowering much of the collisions forces." This was the reason the air bags did not deploy. I am not an auto engineer but the car was totaled and first responders at the accident scene were very concerned.


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Vehicle: 2010 Scion xD 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I'm going to go with no. I leased this car NEW in 2011 and have had nothing but problems. Since February of 2011 I've had 3 batteries, 2 leaking A/C lines replaced, and now my CD player is eating my CD's. And like another reviewer said, my brakes suck. They have been very slow to respond since I got the car. I have had my car in the shop at least 4 times this year. I'm glad its a lease and that Toyota is so awesome that they are letting me out of my lease early without penalties since this car is a pos. It is really cute on the outside, but the mechanics (which is the most important part of the car) suck. I only have 15,000 miles on it which is really sad because it runs like it has 45,000.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great car for college student

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Vehicle: 2010 Scion xD 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I have had this car for a little over a year now (9/21/10), I must say that I enjoy driving it driven the car for long distances and short either way it has been a real fun experience. Only flaws that i would mention are A. the lack of an arm rest and in the beginning there was a leak on the passenger side, which was fixed free of charge when i took it to the dealer. Other than that I get great gas mileage about 26-28 city and 35 hwy.

Love this car

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Vehicle: 2010 Scion xD 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Bought this new 8/10 and after all these months, I still love driving it. I get 30 MPG in the city if I don't drive like Mario Andretti. I put a nav system and heated leather seats in before I picked it up, and it is great. You can park where no SUV can park, can zip in and out of bus traffic with ease. Highly recommend this car for city driving!

Mpg not good for small

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Vehicle: 2010 Scion xD 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

This car runs good but I just get 25 MPH.

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Gas Mileage


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  • 33
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