The 2021 Scion xD is a five-door subcompact hatchback marketed in the U.S. and Canada by Japanese manufacturer Toyota in replacing the Scion xA. The Scion xD and the second generation xB were first shown to the public at the Chicago Auto Show. The Scion xD appeared in Scion showrooms in mid-2007 in the USA and in 2011 for Canada. The Scion xD was discontinued in 2014, and was succeeded by the Toyota C-HR.
The 1.8-liter four mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission provides leisurely acceleration and the steering, brakes and clutch offer similarly disappointing performance. It is, however, economical and efficient. Plus, if you’re so inclined, the xD can be personalized but unfortunately customizations are mainly cosmetic.
2021 Scion xD Features
The xD comes standard with power locks, mirrors, and windows, and 16″ wheels. The vehicle also has ABS, a tire pressure monitoring system, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, dual stage driver and passenger airbags, seat mounted driver and passenger side airbags, and side curtain airbags as standard features. All sound systems feature six speakers and standard iPod connectivity. The base head unit has MP3, WMA, and AAC CD compatibility, and Scion’s SSP equalizer presets, as well as orange lighting.
The Premium head unit has all the features of the base unit, but also has a small LCD that can display pictures and movies downloaded from Pioneer’s website in addition to the features on the base unit and has two different lighting schemes, blue and orange. A navigation system is also available. The SNS 100 system can play DVD movies in addition to GPS functionality and the features of the base system, aside from the backlit color choices.
For 2010, a choice of two new head units made by Alpine are available. Also, the iPod connectivity has been revamped in the form of a USB port, along with an AUX jack located together, on the driver side of the vehicle. Previous model years with Pioneer had two separate inputs on both sides of the cigarette lighter/accessory plug, with the AUX jack port being on the driver side, and the iPod connectivity port located on the passenger side. The upgraded Alpine head unit features a touchscreen, and HD radio tuner, along with an optional Navigation system upgrade. For the 2011 model year, the Scion xD received a minor change to the grille, and sales began in Canada with the launch of the Scion brand there. 2014 was the last model year for the xD, although leftover new cars continued to be sold in the US market until 2016.
Scion xD 2021 Engine
The front-wheel-drive Scion xD comes with the 2ZR-FE DOHC 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine with dual VVT-i that makes 128 bhp (95 kW) and 125 lb⋅ft (169 N⋅m) of torque. It can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimated mileage for all model years is 27 mpg‑US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg‑imp) city and 33 mpg‑US (7.1 L/100 km; 40 mpg‑imp) highway.
Scion 2021 xD Safety
Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, traction control and six airbags. The Scion xD received the top score of five stars in government crash tests for both front and rear passenger safety in a side impact collision as well as a four-star rating for driver and passenger safety in a front-end collision. The xD also received a four-star rollover rating, which means that there is an estimated 15 percent chance of rollover in a single vehicle collision. This is under the “old” system of government ranking. A new system has been devised for the 2011 model year of all vehicles. However, the closely related Toyota Urban Cruiser scored a poor 3/5 stars in the EuroNCAP tests. Starting with the 2010 model year, all 2021 Scion xDs come standard with vehicle stability control.