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Pros: unique look,price, MPG
Cons: not much leg room in the back seat- Although my hubby fit and he is 6'2- fine for kids and short people
Advice: buy it!!Love it!! I bought one after I did the research, seems like a high quality eco car!! Other reviews stated this car feels bumpy like a jeep- maybe its not as smooth as a luxury car but I own a jeep and this feels pretty smooth- good suspension! A jeep is bumpy, this car has small tires so you will feel a few of the pot holes but you dont jerk around like you do in a jeep- it feels pretty smooth to me- smoother than our pick up and jeep. I have been getting 42 MPG in my new XA! It doesnt come with cruise control but the dealership added it for pretty cheap! ($395) I love that it has a Toyota Engine!! I'm expecting this car to outlast our New 2005 Ford Pick-up as well as every other economy car out there. I was also able to buy an extended warrenty on the car for 70k miles/7 years. I'd recommend getting the manual tranny as its more fun to drive. Since the Echo is the top car for customer satisfaction and this is the same car with a different body I figured its got to be great- I almost bought the Hyundai Elantra but when I saw all the horrible customer reviews I went with the XA- Hyundai has a better warranty but its because they need it or their customers would be bankrupt.
Cons: Pure Pricing
Advice: Look at Mazda 3My wife and I test drove a Scion Xa for the first time yesterday. We liked the car and loved the MSRP price of it. However, thanks to Pure Pricing, the dealer said he couldn't offer any better interest rates or offer me a better price for my trade-in. Thanks to pure pricing, the affordable Xa was not such a good deal afterall. The dealer said he could get us a Toyota Corolla, which costs $2000 to $3000 more than an Xa, for the same price as an Xa due to financing options, incentives and the ability to offer me more for my trade-in. We love the Xa but Pure Pricing puts it in a class of much better cars when you have to finance.
Pros: body styling
Cons: wiper control location
Advice: gas mileage is greatThe scion is an excellent choise for a young family. I have a family of four and we all enjoy the car. the handeling gas mileage and space could not be better.
Pros: All the options that come standard
Cons: no cruise control
Advice: If you want an affordable care with lots of options...Buy it!I traded in a 94 nissan sentra with no power...I love my scion xa...the ride, the options...for the price it is a great car....I have recomended it to all my friends.
Pros: ABS brakes, CD player + low cost
Cons: small rear cargo space
Advice: If you want a compact car, this is definitely the best one out there in terms of value for the price.When I first test drove the Scion I was a little worried that the pickup wasn't powerful enough. But after taking my new Scion on a long trip (1800 miles in the first week!), I found that I really enjoyed the 'rougher' ride that it gave me on the highway as well as with city driving--makes it a lot of fun to drive. I didn't have any problems passing trucks or cars on the highway and it drove along smoothly and comfortably at 80 mph. Also, I was worried about the high rear headrests, but again, during the long trip I kept them on and had no problem at all with visibility (in any location--blind spots are minimal in general). The seats are very comfortable for long drives as well. I am petite (5'2') and I like the fact that you're seated a bit higher but can still comfortably reach the pedals; also, there are many features accomodating all sizes of drivers (tilt steering wheel as well as the ability to move the seatbelt height). It's true I haven't tested this with a person 6'; there may be space issues in that case. This is an *excellent* car for the price--no other cars I looked at could beat it when it came to value for the cost. The no-haggle pricing made my first car purchase much more pleasant as well. And the fact that it looks great and different from a lot of other cars out there is a big plus too.
Pros: Base feature set; MPG; seat comfort; a select community that comes with this select vehicle
Cons: No cruise (toyota offers one though), no center arm rest
Advice: Don't give this car a try unless you are serious about buying one... once you test drive one you'll REALLY want one. No haggle pricing REALLY means you see what you get.Overall, I loved this car (heck... i bought one!) Notable points: manual transmission provides a peppy performance edge; seats sit up a bit more than many other economy cars and are VERY comfortable; stereo rocks; firm drive is sometimes bumpy, but mostly lends to a sporty and *solid* feel; base features set this economy car above any others in class in any cost comparison; innovative exterior/interior turn many heads and more importantly brings a smile to my face every time i open my garage door or find out i have errands to run. It has been an extreme pleasure to drive and after 2 months of research it became very clear that no other car can touch the xA!!
Pros: The Pioneer multi-disk MP3 compliant sound system allows you to put thousands of songs at your fingertips.
Cons: Poor acceleration 0 - 60 mph in 10 seconds.
Advice: Ask for the keyless entry security system.Unlike most sub-compacts the driver of the Scion sits higher in traffic. Visibility is excellent. Their is a problem with the rear headrest blocking your rear right view. Exercise caution. The vehicle is very manuverable. I was very impressed with its responsiveness to road conditions. Air conditioning is extremely efficient. The reason I settled for this small car is the great gas mileage. I drove from Houston TX to my home (125 miles) on 3.5 gallons of gas. The Toyota reputation for quality was what sold me.