DTN Burgess: Scion XD "Over-boiled Sausage on a Stale Bun"

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Far be it for us to suggest that Detroit's hometown newspaper would never attack a Big 2.8 product with as much venomous vigor as Scott Burgess unleashes upon Scion's revised xD. So we won't. We'll just share some of the Detroit News' scribes's spleen venting and call it good (well, that's what our Megan Benoit did; awarding the xD four stars). So, how ugly is it? "Scion calls the flat-edged exterior 'aggressive styling,' but it comes across more Elephant Man than Man About Town." Cabin OK? "The interior materials felt like rejects from Chinese toy manufacturers. There is nothing inspiring or even interesting inside the xD." Ride quality? "Coarse and extremely loud." Steering? "The electric power steering is too sensitive, causing the xD to weave from side to side at the slightest movement, and it feels disconnected to the road." Anything nice to say? "The one area where the xD excels is parking. With its size, it's easy to move into the smallest spots. Plus, when you're parking, you know the driving experience is nearly over and you've arrived at your destination." Props to Burgess for not pulling his punches and the DTN for publishing his xD diatribe. Now, can we get Mr. Burgess' take on the Chevrolet Aveo?

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  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on Nov 30, 2007

    There was an ad in this morning's paper stating that there would be a $1,000 cash rebate on all new Toyotas. Is this just regional?

  • Rpn453 Rpn453 on Nov 30, 2007

    His opinion of the Scion is similar to my opinion of the Toyotas I've driven recently. Despite my respect for their reliability, I wouldn't buy anything Toyota currently makes.

  • Glenn126 Glenn126 on Nov 30, 2007

    Well, I'm open minded. If Toyota lets me down in future, I'll try Honda. Or Subaru (assuming I can get hybrid and/or diesel fuel efficiency AND all wheel drive, at least matching within 5mph of my Prius). Warning, Will Robinson (or even Mr Watanabe). Pay heed here. I won't just "stick with a brand". Been there, done that, right AMC, Chrysler, Ford, GM? I stuck with/got disgusted/swapped between them for nearly 30 years. Nevermore. Toyota doesn't automatically have my biz, nobody does. But General Messup, Dorf and Chryslerebrus WON'T have my business.

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Nov 30, 2007

    Has anyone ever seen a Scion Dealership? My experience has been that they are sold as just another Toyota. To me, it ain't a brand at all. So, if they keep up cars like these, they will simply stop making them with no repercussions. Scion can and will dissappear.