I have been an ase certified auto tech. for over 30 years, I have owned and driven thousands of cars trucks and suv, I the 2006 scion xa is the best auto I have ever owned, I would recommend it to any one. It's excellent on gas, at 36mpg average, however toyota designed this car more for safety, not the gas mileage!!! i have not gotten any what so ever problems with car at all.
excellent stock pioneer sound system.
it would be great if they could have made it a 1.6L engine
What an amazing car! Love the gas mileage 40mpg!Very nimble & corners great!Inside design fantastic, wish cruise control,center counsel & fog lights standard.Stereo great transmission smooth but gears too short forcing quick shifts.Fit & finish excellent, overall a 9.5. If Detriot is serious about becoming relevant again take the lead from Scion. Thanx
I bought it used & for work, chasing probationers @town. I now have @ 68k. I have had no mechanical problems,zero! I dont take it to the dealer because at 50k, the dealer wanted to charge me over $350 at the 50k mile maintenance appt. I took it to the local garage (& pepboys) and I get my interval 5k mile maint. checks there (oil change and rotate tires). There are no brake problems, sounds like you need an honest garage. *see previous review about the brakes and rotors*. The gas milage goes from 26 to 32 city (winter lower, due to mix of gas) and 36-8 hwy. I have snow tiers for winter and put weights in(@ 6 50lbs plates) the car during snow stormss and travel the same roads as the 4wd cars.
the cost of maintenance of this car is very inexpensive, the quality of the engine, gas mileage, 15" tires gives great smooth ride, sit high to ground, left dome light on for over 1hr and started right up. oh ya, i fill it to the rim and never had an air problem like the previous guy wrote.
This was my first new car. This car is soild/ dependable car. I have the oem 18inch wheels and rear stabilizer bar. I drve for a while without these and they made a huge improvement in ride and handling. 55xxx on it now....I will drive this car until it falls apart...If you know your buying a economy car, this is a perfect great sporty car. I am so happy I bought this car. I cant ask for much more.
I drive a lot..comfort/reliable/good stereo. I would not suggest a automatic transmission, the manual is great.