Scion xA Review The Truth About Cars

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Scion xA Review

Sciontologists are people. Who else would a Toyota Echo and sell it to twenty-somethings? We re talking about a sub-compact with all the edgy of a five-year-old Readers Digest print edition). You couldn t a more cynical marketing

Still, props to Toyota for the stones to foist the new money for old routine on the world s most critical audience.

Thanks to its the xA almost gets away it. it looks a bit like a grouper but the xA is big and bold, in its tiny little The xA s minivan shape and clever tinting give it a level of intergrity that s rare for its Whether Gen Y would choose the over something with Cribs cred from the car lot is another matter.

Suffice it to say, the xA is as far removed the Vicodin-on-wheels Echo as Adidas are from nursing shoes.

inside, the centrally mounted pod continues the aesthetic rebellion. unsafe alternative to traditional makes the helmspot as blank as a car, and reflects the brand s priorities: function follows research. The xA s audio system, with 10-color display and distortion (I kid you not), also to convince Sciontists that re rebels without a platinum rather than sensible car

Now THAT s funny. What be more sensible than a Toyota? The xA has room for five adults, gets over mpg, comes with a 36k mile warranty; pollutes the less than a herd of Herefords and costs no more a decent home entertainment ($13k). Although no sub-compact sense from a safety the xA offers surprising survivability for one so

Scion brand managers hate me for saying so, but the xA is xActly the of car an elderly person on a fixed would enjoy.

Maybe isn t the right word. The xA is powered by the s 1.5-liter in-line 4-cylinder As you d expect, Toyota s engineers done everything they can to the Echo/xA passable (if not passing) double-overhead cams, 16 valves, valve timing and multi-port fuel injection.

As you d expect, the result is still and Serious. Zero to 60 takes seconds, with the quarter appearing in 17.4 seconds. it ain t.

Adequate it is. There s even a chunk of powerband between and 4000rpm where the xA will do a imitation of a car with in-gear Although peak power arrives at 6000rpm, the engine s of Boom soundtrack makes an on the redline an aural stress

Thrill seeking xA drivers are to buy the 5-speed, shift like plan ahead and plan

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And avoid potholes. The xA s ride is civilized until it isn t. The moment you a surface imperfection, it s as if someone hit the car a large mallet.

Clearly, someone at Toyota that the youth of America can t the difference between the acceptable of a sports-tuned suspension and the rough-riding of a comfort-biased chassis with the removed.

At relatively slow speeds, the xA s low curb weight and suspension deliver admirable through the turns. Combined a user-friendly power-assisted rack and steering system, the set-up is enough to embolden a young s reckless nature. Uh-oh.

the xA and you re headed straight to Hell in a basket. The steering loses all the drum brakes fade and the beam suspension gives up. it that little bit too far and terminal will slide you across the like a fallen figure heading for the boards.

All of which begs the question: is the xA really a young person s Given the large number of xA buyers given ANY elderly the answer is an unequivocal no. The only separating the xA from any other Japanese econobox is the car s shape and the 46 tuning bits which t half as cool as Scion they are.

In fact, s youth orientation is fatally When it comes to selling to the moment you win, you lose. like Nike and Adidas the exclusivity vs. mass market by inventing new shoes and sports on an hourly basis. Car manufacturers can t use the template, no matter how many parts they devise.

But they CAN create a fundamentally car that attracts a wide of buyers. Strangely enough, s a perfect description of the dull but Scion xA.

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