Estimated insurance rates for a Scion xD are $1,208 a year including full coverage. Full costs on average $204 a year, collision cost $404, and liability coverage is $442. A policy with only liability insurance costs around $496 a year, with a high-risk policy requiring around $2,632. Teens pay the most at $4,728 a year or more.
Cost of Car Insurance by Gender
People pay nearly the equivalent of collision insurance. The distinction in many states is 1% all things considered. Nonetheless, there is a noticeable distinction in regular accident coverage costs for more youthful drivers. A male 16-year-old is relied upon to pay around $770 more every year than his female partner. The measurements legitimize this estimating technique. Ladies cause just 22% of every single lethal mishap, they are 10% less inclined to get a speeding ticket, and they speak to only 24% of people with DUI accusations.
About Scion xD
Don’t call it an xA. A badge on its butt clearly says xD. Nonetheless, anyone who remembers the rounder version of the bean-and-box duo that launched Scion in the U.S. will be hard-pressed to see the xD as anything but a replacement for the xA. The two cars are close in size. The length of the xD has increased a mere 0.6 inch over the xA, and the width has gone up 1.2 inches. The xD shares its underpinnings and 96.9-inch wheelbase (up 3.6 inches over the xA.) with the three-door Toyota Yaris. The three-pod instrument cluster from the Yaris is familiar as well, but the interior plastics are more upscale in the Scion. The good news, at least for the lead-footed, is that the engine has not been carried over from either the xA or Yaris. The xD is fitted with a 1.8-liter inline-four from the Toyota parts bin. In this application, it makes 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 25 horses and 24 pound-feet over the xA, and it’s suitable for a 7.9-second 0-to-60 time. We didn’t test an xA, but it had a similar weight and an identical powertrain to the first-generation xB that required 9.6 seconds for the 0-to-60 run.
Scion xD Overview
Some small hatchbacks promise stellar fuel economy. Others offer outstanding utility. And there are even a few that cater to less sensible desires by promising sporty handling. The 2014 Scion xD doesn’t distinguish itself in any of these areas, but that’s no reason to write it off. If you’re looking for an affordable hatchback with an impressive stock audio system and plenty of personalization possibilities, the xD might be worth a look. Unquestionably, Scion builds cars for buyers who love their tunes, and in this respect, the xD doesn’t disappoint: The standard audio system includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface and USB/iPod integration, and that’s unusual for a car in this small price bracket. You can also select an optional upgraded system that offers navigation and smartphone audio app integration. Other customization options abound, making it possible for the young and the young at heart to create an xD that’s individual and unique. For the more practical-minded, there’s a backseat that reclines to foster second-row comfort and slides fore and aft to accommodate the needs of passengers or cargo. There’s also a 128-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine that delivers brisk acceleration relative to others in this class.
Additionally, the Scion xD’s ride quality both on the freeway and on surface streets is smooth and agreeable, and parent company Toyota’s sterling reputation for reliability doesn’t hurt a bit. But don’t sign on the dotted line just yet. The small hatchback segment is more competitive than ever, and the 2014 xD faces stiff rivalry from several more talented contenders. If you desire more engaging handling and better fuel economy, you’d be better served by the 2014 Chevy Sonic or 2014 Ford Fiesta. For superior utility, there’s the 2014 Honda Fit, with its nifty folding rear seat and impressive cargo capacity. The Kia Rio and Kia Soul are also worth investigating. Within this strong pool of candidates, the 2014 Scion xD is best suited for price-conscious shoppers who want a car that’s easy to customize.
Scion xD Models and xD History
Following the discontinuation of the xD model, Scion replaced it in 2008 with the release of the xA, a four-door hatchback that offered unique styling and performance with plenty of customization options. No changes were in store for 2009, with standard stability control and an updated audio system being the only updates for 2010. Scion added the limited-edition Release Series 3.0 performance model for 2011.
In 2012, Scion added a new pioneer audio system with HD radio and Bluetooth connectivity as standard features, while releasing the limited-edition Release Series 4.0 performance model. Subtle updates were in store for 2013, including an updated instrument panel, smoked headlight casings, and new two-tone paint options. The limited-edition 10 Series model was also announced, marking the decade anniversary for the carmaker. The only significant change for 2014 was the addition of a 6.1″ touchscreen display, offered as a standard feature.
The second look to Scion xD
A funny thing happened on my recent trip to the newly declared Scion Nation. Upon entering that urban lifestyle of car customizing meets hipster DJs, no passport required, I discovered a truly usable, economical, fun-to-drive compact car. Whoda thunk it? The Scion brand landed in Canada late last year in a flurry of tech-savvy marketing strategies using social media, branded events, and music to create a market niche. But Edsel Ford could have told you that marketing cannot save a poorly designed or manufactured product. Reality lies where their rubber meets the road, and Toyota has wisely let the kids rule the playground while being supervised by some adult engineers. The result is a fun-filled concept that makes sense in today’s busy roads.
We live in exciting times when your Dad’s Volvo is getting swoopier by the year, and your 20-something kids are digging cars shaped like cardboard boxes. Scion’s two boxes are the xB and xD (there is no xC and no more xA, so don’t ask for one). Our test vehicle was a base model xD with the optional four-speed automatic transmission. When compared to the other rolling boxes on the market, Scion’s do have more style and less quirkiness than say, the Nissan Cube or Kia Soul. The windows are upright, and the hood and roof are flat, but the designers did get some beautiful character lines included, particularly the front fenders and leading edge of the hat. The front grille is minimal and looks even smaller due to the aggressive front air dam framed by massive front wheel arches and big bumper. Two large brake duct openings (non-functional) reside on either side of the larger grille under the bumper. This look could only be found as body kits on tuner cars a few years ago. The side profile of the xD reveals a large C-pillar at the rear, which looks good but does increase the number of blind spots when driving. Adjust the large side mirrors, equipped with turn indicators, correctly, and this will not be a problem. The cabin continues with the sporty theme with a nicely sculpted black dashboard with a carbon-fiber-like texture. The xD’s single Electroluminescent Tachometer and Scion Drive Monitor are front and center for the driver and tell you all you need to know when driving. The center console stack is dead stylish yet straightforward set in a silver-toned plastic surround. The seats were not my favorites in this vehicle class. I found them to be high, flat, and firm, but I will give points for the fabric used. The rear seats are as firm and flat as the fronts, but they can accommodate the average-sized adult thanks to the non-sloping roofline. Those rear seats do tilt and slide back and forth for comfort plus fold down to increase the cargo capacity.
The Scion xD gets its power from a normally aspirated (i.e., non-turbocharged) 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and sequential fuel injection. This power plant generates 128 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a respectable 125 foot-pounds of torque at 4,400 rpm. The xD comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic with a trick gated shifter. All that zippy horsepower gets to the pavement via the front wheels, controlled by an electrically powered rack and pinion steering. Turn-in is crisp and torque steer almost non-existent. The Scion’s suspension is firm but not harsh with good road-holding thanks to MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam in the back. Braking is done with a combination of ventilated discs and rear drums, ABS and Brake-Force Distribution and Brake Assist standard. The xD rolls on P195/60R16 rubber fitted on 16-inch steel wheels, but the plastic wheel covers are very dull so do yourself a favor and keep them for your winter tires. Buy a beautiful set of alloy rims for the summer. The xD is equipped with six airbags, three-point lap, and shoulder belts at all five seating positions and six advanced braking and control technologies – including Vehicle Stability Control.
Driving and Utility
Toyota developed the Scion brand as a youth-oriented “nation,” bonded by a love of art, fashion, and music. Along the way, they also created a sensible compact car that isn’t stylistically boring, is a blast to drive in the city and gets outstanding fuel economy (7.6 liters per 100 kilometers in the city and 5.9L/100 km highway). The Scion xD’s handling can be described as agile, quick, and predictable. Predictable does not imply dull, and it means that the xD doesn’t do anything it shouldn’t. Some sporty front-wheel-drive cars can become quite a handful when accelerating briskly, particularly on uneven pavement such as the roads of Montreal. The xD goes where you point it, no questions. The best part of the Scion culture is customization. Scion has a nearly endless collection of accessories for both the interior and exterior of the vehicle, all specifically designed to fit correctly, no one-size-fits-all promises. Many of these accessories can be added on to the purchase price and paid for with your monthly payments or lease. Toyota Racing Development has opened its catalog of speed parts to modify your Scion so it can go as well as the show. Roles range from sway bars, lowering springs and strut tower braces to engine mods like cold air induction kits. The TRD engineers know their stuff about performance having taken Toyota to the highest levels of motorsports. Scion-authorized accessories are designed specifically for the vehicle. All parts are quality approved at the factory, installed by factory-trained technicians, and backed by a warranty that is valid at Scion and Toyota dealers across Canada. How cool is that?
The xD starts at $18,100.00 with the automatic ($900.00). Add freight charges, etc. for a total of $19,625.00 plus taxes.