2012 Scion xD—A Car Shopper’s Delight

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The 2012 Scion xD is like a blank canvas for car buyers. This five-door hatchback offers nearly 3 dozen dealer installed options for customization on top of the excellent standard and safety features. There is plenty of cargo space and versatile seating structure. The xD is dimensionally close to the xB although this one has more of a conventional styling than its boxy sibling. It has a bulldog snout and blunt front end. The tailgate has a spoiler and there is a choice of three 16-inch wheel covers.

 You can also upgrade to 18-inch alloy wheels and add an array of exterior accessories like light-emitting diode taillights. The xD is 154.7 inches long and 67.9 inches wide. The limited Series 4.0 has a unique Blizzard pearl paint that matches its interior trim and seating.

Inside, you’ll find it spacious and has a capacity to seat up to 5 people. The sliding and reclining rear seats can give more legroom for taller passengers. A dual glove box is installed as well as a cellphone storage tray. The compartment has additional space below the cargo floor too.

With a six-speaker Pioneer audio system that has iPod compatibility, HD radio and Bluetooth, you won’t need to look for replacement to satisfy your love for music. Keyless entry, air-conditioning, power doors and windows, multi-information display, cruise control and tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls all come standard with the 2012 Scion xD.

It is packed with standard safety features to ease your mind including antilock brakes with brake assist, stability and traction controls, electronic brake-force distribution, advanced airbags for driver and front passenger along with seat-mounted airbags and active headrests, front and rear side curtain airbags and tire monitoring system.

A 1.8 Liter 4-cylinder engine with 128 horsepower and 125 lb. ft. of torque is what gives this youthful ride power. You can choose between a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission. Mpg is estimated at 27 in city driving and 33 in highways.

The Youthful and Versatile 2012 Scion xD

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The 2012 Scion xD is a four-door hatchback has much to offer than its youthful and fun appearance. It is versatility personified as there are over three dozen dealer-installed options. Geared towards the younger market, this car can surely meet the consumer’s needs and requirements. This compact stands out among other cars in its class because of its bulldog snout and blunt front end. The tailgate spoiler adds a sporty appeal and the squared posture is modern and refreshing. The length of the Scion xD is 154.7 inches while the width is 67.9. 16-inch wheels come standard with the base model but there is an option for 18-inch alloy wheels. The limited edition Release Series 4.0 model is offered in a unique Blizzard Pearl paint matching the interior trim and seating surfaces.

The Scion xD is also surprisingly spacious. Seating capacity is up to 5 people with 40.3 inches of legroom up front and 33.9 inches in rear seating. The most notable for the 2012 xD are the standard equipments installed. A six-speaker Pioneer audio system with iPod compatibility, HD radio and Bluetooth is already set up as well as keyless entry, A/C, power doors and windows, multi-information display, cruise control and tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls embedded.

The 2012 Scia xD is powered by a 1.8 Liter 4-cylinder engine with 128 horsepower and 125 lb. ft. of torque. There is a choice between 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmissions. Fuel efficiency is estimated at 27 mpg for city driving and 33 on highways.

Standard features to ensure ones safety are antilock brakes with brake assist, stability and traction controls, electronic brake-force distribution, driver and front passenger advanced airbags with seat-mounted side airbags and active headrests; front and rear side curtain airbags and tire monitoring. There is even a first aid kit included.

2012 Scion xD – Speeding Up and Down Orange County Lanes

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What reasons would you have for acquiring a small car? Well, aside from fuel efficiency, small cars are easier to park. They navigate easier through busy and tight streets and can adapt easier against heavy traffic. The downsides of course include lack of power and room for passengers and cargo. Let’s have a look at one small car model, the 2012 Scion xD. The engine of the 2012 Scion’s engine does okay. It is a 1.8 liter four cylinder that generates up to 128 horsepower. During a speed test, it got a 0-60 mph rating of 8.4 seconds, faster by a second compared to its rivals. Fuel efficiency rating is also good, at an estimated 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway. This is the average rating of both the manual transmission and the automatic transmission models.

While it is classified as a small car, the manufacturers could have done a bit more work with room space on the inside. The 2012 Scion not only has little room for passenger and cargo. We would definitely discourage tall people from buying the car. Legroom space is so cramped it’s very difficult getting in and getting out. There are a lot of other hatchbacks that offer more room, such as the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Fit.

Interior features of the 2012 Scion gets plus points. The dashboard has a touchscreen interface with a navigation system, climate control and Bluetooth phone connectivity. There is a CD/MP3 player system with the Pioneer premium sound system with six speakers, satellite radio and USB/iPod connectivity.

The 2012 Scion xD gets high praises for its great interior features. For a small car, its engine is quite good also. Room space is a big issue, unless you want to drive solo for good. The exterior also looks plain, not much style. In the small car category, we consider it just above average.