2005 Toyota Scions XA Review

May 26, 2023
David Sunnyside

The xA was one of Toyota’s first Scions. Outsold by the more distinctive xB, it’s not easy to find used models on the market yet. Still, this diminutive car packs a surprising amount of standard equipment and should have good longevity.

The base model has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission and gets 32 mpg on the highway and 33 in the city. A six-speed automatic is optional ($800). A limited-edition 1.0 series is available for 2005 with special Absolutely Red paint and sporty seat fabric. A power sunroof and vehicle stability control with traction control are also offered.

For its price, the xA comes well equipped with standard features that include air conditioning; power windows and door locks; power steering and mirrors; a tachometer and trip meter; a six-speaker AM/FM/CD Pioneer sound system that reads MP3 files and is satellite radio-ready; and a tire pressure monitoring system. Antilock brakes and electronic brakeforce distribution are standard, as are a driver-side airbag, front and rear side curtain airbags and a security alarm.

A small, taut footprint makes the xA fun to drive. The engine has a modest amount of horsepower, and the manual gearbox has slick shifter action and gives confidence-inspiring feedback. Steering is quick and direct, while a soft suspension and narrow tires allow the car to lean noticeably in tight corners. Braking is adequate, with nice pedal feel.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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