Scion XAs Merrimack NH
2004 Scion XA Sub-Compact Sedan
By Michele Brooke
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The 2004 XA Sub-Compact Sedan
Base MSRP Range: $12,480 - $13,280
Base Invoice Range: $11,855 - $12,615Price Quote
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MSRP As Tested: $12,965
Versions: XA Sedan
Vehicle Category: Sub-Compact Economy Sedan
Engine Location: Front Engine
Drive Wheels: Front-Wheel Drive .
Engine As Tested: 1.5-liter , Dual Overhead Cam , 16-valves, VVT-I, I-4 cylinder , 108- horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 105 lb-ft torque at 4,200 rpm.
Transmission As Tested: Standard 5-Speed, Manual , 4-speed ECT Automatic .
Fuel Economy (city/hwy): Manual/automatic 32/38
Standard Safety Features: Driver and front passenger airbags, power-assisted disc brakes, Antilock Braking System (ABS) .
Competition: Toyota Echo, Kia Rio, Suzuki Aerio, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Aveo
Sci-what? Scion, it's one of the newest manufacturers to hit the car dealerships lots. It's so new in fact, that sales are currently confined to California - they're slated to begin in the other 49 states throughout 2004.
Like Lexus, Scion falls under the Toyota umbrella. Although brand new to the market, Scion is backed by Toyota's reputation for building quality, durable vehicles. Good news for consumers. And, even better news for Scion as it can ride piggyback on Toyota's established consumer confidence level; thereby, scaling the tricky, often lengthy, hurdle of new manufacturers: convincing buyers that their vehicles are well-made and reliable.
However, why, with Toyota's current success and extensive model lineup, would they want to introduce Scion? Well, according to Scion representatives they're targeting a brand new group of buyers who aren't necessarily attracted to Toyota's lower-priced, conventional-looking models (i.e., Corol...