In 2003, Scion was created by Toyota to be able to help connect the brand with the younger generation who obviously had different tastes. One of the cars that was produced under the make was the xA—an budget-friendly hatchback that was known for its unique style. Though short-lived—lasting only one generation, the Scion xA was one of Toyota’s fun and hip vehicles, and it was easy to customize with over 30 types of accessories made available through dealers. Throughout its lifetime, the xA was known to its owners as an inexpensive but reliable subcompact that was competitive not only in its build quality, but also with its standard and practical features.
2004: Release series
The five-door hatchback Scion xA was the export version of the Toyota ist, and it shared a platform with the Toyota Platz—which is exported and marketed as the Toyota Echo or Yaris. It was also created based on the first generation of Toyota Vitz hatchbacks. On the spring of 2004, the Scion xA reached American shores, and it was considered as one of the best economy cars of the year. It was offered in either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission, giving buyers a neat choice between the two. Even if it was inexpensive and targeted towards students, the xA was lauded for handling pretty well, having comfortable seats, and having a long list of standard equipments like antilock brakes, power door locks, a rear wiper, and a rear window defogger. It was also powered by a 1.5 L Inline four-cylinder engine, which could churn out 108 hp at 6,000 rpm.
2005: Convenience, safety, and comfort
On its second year, the xA remained as one of the year’s best buys in the economy car segment. Not much change was done to the model, so it continued to offer its users three things: convenience, safety, and comfort. With its long list of standard features, the car was pretty easy to use, making it very convenient for daily driving. It was also well-equipped with safety components, which ensured owners a safe drive at all times. Lastly, it also offered spacious front seats, which made it comfortable to drive. During this time, though, a limited edition bright-red model was released by the brand, and this car featured a sunroof, special fabric for the seats, and active safety features.
2006: Fresh start before an end
On its last year, the xA received a slight makeover with several modifications done. For instance, the lower air intake, headlights, taillights, wheel covers, and front grilles all underwent design upgrades. Going inside the car, the seat fabrics were also updated and the speedometer was transformed with the help of its new color. The steering wheel and sound system of the vehicle was also changed. In fact, the head design of its Pioneer audio system received an upgrade, and it featured a small port that made playing music from portable sources easy to play. With these minor modifications, the xA’s power ratings dropped to 103 from 108 after going through the new testing procedures of the SAE.