The Scion xD is a five-door subcompact hatchback marketed in the U.S. and Canada by Japanese manufacturer Toyota beginning with the 2008 model year — replacing the xA. The Scion xD and the second generation xB were first shown to the public on February 8, 2007 at the Chicago Auto Show.[2] The 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 in 2017.



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 (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC), dual stage driver and passenger airbags, seat mounted driver and passenger side airbags, and side curtain airbags as standard features.[3]

For 2008, a choice of three new head units made by Pioneer are available. 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 an 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 (specially made for Toyota) 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.



The front-wheel-drive xD comes with the 2ZR-FE DOHC 1.8-litre 4-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.


  • Drag Coefficient: 0.32[4]
  • 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h): 8.3 seconds[4]
  • 14 mi (402 m): 16.5 seconds @ 86 MPH[4]
  • Top Speed: Limited to 120 mph (193 km/h)[5]

Similar models

A convertible concept of the vehicle from the 2011 Montreal International Auto Show.

The xD is a second-generation Toyota ist; the first was marketed in the US as a Scion xA. It is essentially a mildly elongated five-door Toyota Vitz. The Vitz is a three-door marketed in the US as the Yaris. Thus, the five-door Yaris was not offered in the U.S. market when the three-door and sedan were launched; however, as of 2009, the five-door Vitz is now offered in the US as the Yaris. The xD features the same sliding and reclining rear seat that is optional on the Yaris three-door. Unlike the Yaris and xA/first generation Ist, the xD's instrument gauges are located behind the steering wheel (as opposed to being centered atop the dashboard). As opposed to the Yaris and xA, the xD's speedometer and tachometer are on the same dial counter-rotating.

Release Series

Similar to other Scion models, the xD adds Release Series limited edition models for each model year. Because of the short production runs (most dealers only got 2–3 of each RS model), these limited edition vehicles quickly sell out. Customers are able to pre-order at each dealership on a first-come, first-served basis. To the customer's benefit, Scion's "Pure Price" MSRP binds dealerships against market-demand vehicle mark-up.

  • xD RS 1.0: only available in Hot Lava Orange with 2,000 units produced.
  • xD RS 2.0: only available in Electric Wasabi with 1,600 units produced.
  • xD RS 3.0: only available in xPRESSO Brown with 1,500 units produced.
  • xD RS 4.0: only available in Blizzard Pearl with 800 units produced.


According to Consumer Reports, the xD was the most reliable new automobile for 2009 in the United States, with 83 percent fewer problems than average.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8]

Starting with the 2010 model year, all xDs come standard with vehicle stability control.


In the U.S., sales of the xD fell to 9,573 in 2011 from 32,603 in 2006.[9]

Calendar year US sales
2007 10,948[10]
2008 27,665[11]
2009 14,499[12]
2010 10,110[13]
2011 9,573[14]
2012 10,756[15]
2013 9,005[16]
2014 7,377[17]
2015 794[18]
2016 9[19]


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  19. ^ "December 2016 and Year-End Sales Chart" (Press release). USA: Toyota. 2017-01-05. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 

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