After months of researching and test driving most of the subcompacts in this price range, the Scion xD won by leaps and bounds. The exterior design is just funky enough for a hip 50+ driver and the interior design is thoughtful and practical enabling one to ignore the plethora of plastic. Mileage, even in the first week, exceeds all expectations. Love that standard equipment on the xD would mean thousands more on other makes/models. The road noise is a bit loud, but the standard 6-speaker Pioneer stereo covers that beautifully. The cargo capacity and split seat design for variety of space and ease of configuring is amazing.
Spacious interior, well-thought out instrument panel and nooks and crannies, height (sitting higher, like an SUV, makes me feel less vulnerable in a small car on the LA roads, stereo, cargo capacity and variation, exterior design. Established pricing.
Outside temperature gauge, pockets on back of driver & passenger seats, visor mirror could have light.