2004 Scion xA Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2004 Scion xA - Road Test Specs

2004 Scion xA Hatchback

(1.5L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2004
Style4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$13,765
As-tested MSRP$16,567


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeinline 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)108 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)105 @ 4,200
Transmission typeFour-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson strut, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearTorsion beam with stabilizer bar
Steering typePower-assisted rack-and-pinion
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle LS
Tire size, frontP185/60R15
Tire size, rearP185/60R15
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / rear drum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.7
0-60 mph (sec.)10.7
0-75 mph (sec.)17.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)18.05 @ 76.35
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.45
60-0 mph (ft.)123.55
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)34.8
Sound level @ idle (dB)Below 50
@ Full throttle (dB)77
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)76

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAs in the xB we tested earlier, the xA's 108-horsepower engine provided a broad, flat torque curve especially for such a small four-cylinder engine. Upshifts were crisp and came consistently at 6,000 when left in Drive. However, by manually upshifting the automatic and holding each gear until the 6,500-rpm redline I was able to drop the times almost two-tenths from the quarter-mile times. Brake-torquing the engine to 2,500 rpm produced some off-the-line wheel spin but did nothing to improve acceleration times.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThere was minimal ABS noise and vibration during maximum braking, but the pedal felt a bit squishy when pushed into ABS mode. After the second and third runs the pedal felt increasingly flacid and it was obvious the ABS was having trouble cycling as fast as it needed to for maximum braking. The increasing distances for each braking run backed this impression up, with an additional 10 feet required to stop the xA on its third run compared to its first run. After the fine showing by its xB brother we tested recently, this was surprising and disappointing.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe first thing you notice when getting into our test vehicle is a large red-and-black steering wheel. This wheel was leather wrapped and proved easy to hang onto, but the slow steering rating combined with the large diameter to require a lot of steering input when negoiating the slalom. Steering feel, along with body roll, were about typical for an economy car (meaning not great but not terrible). The xA's light weight helped it change directions with little drama, and the engine's powerband allowed me to keep it in second gear without hitting the rev limiter while making excellent power for acceleration out of the final cones. Overall more fun (and a higher average speed) than I expected from this budget Toyota. — Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)62
Wind (mph, direction)2 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 31/37 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)32
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2377
Length (in.)154.1
Width (in.)66.7
Height (in.)60.2
Wheelbase (in.)93.3
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)37.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.6
Headroom, rear (in.)38.8
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)33


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic Brakeforce Distribution
Traction controlNot Available
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverGood
NHTSA crash test, passengerGood
NHTSA crash test, side frontGood
NHTSA crash test, side rearGood
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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