Scion xDs Ellenwood GA
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Union City, GA
Stone Mountain, GA
2008 Scion xD Automatic Subcompact Sedan
It's also fairly fun to drive, especially for something from the Toyota family.
What was tested? 2008 Scion xD Automatic ($15,350).
Options: Vehicle stability control ($650), premium audio ($389), carpet mats ($165).
Price as tested: $17,269
Pros: It's cheap, trendy, fun to drive, built by Toyota and has a great stereo. If you're looking for your first new car, what more could you want?
Cons: It's very cool now, but that means it could be very dated in a few years. That's uncool for resale value.
It has a great stereo with lots of knobs and buttons and acronyms and wiz-bang graphics that thump to the beat.
Before we get to today's lesson on cars, class, let's get a quick refresher on physics.
Einstein proved how space and time are relative -- the faster an object moves, the slower time progresses. According to his theory, time moves slower and slower the closer an object gets to the speed of light.
And this can only mean one thing: teenagers are moving nearly as fast as light.
Think about it. When you were a teenager, it took an eternity to get from the ninth grade to the 10th because you were measuring things in young-people time. Five minutes in math class felt like years, and it took eons to reach summer break at the end of every school year.
It's lightweight and tossable with a zippy little engine that makes 128 horsepower.
Once you transition to old-people time, though, things are different. You look at continents and see them drifting together. You think the pyramids weren't built all that long ago. Worst of all, you think your favorite rock bands are still cool and are mistakenly being played on easy-listening stations.
Scion, Toyota's brand for young people, has realized this fact and decided to redesign its cars on a young-people time scale. While we folks who use old-people time still think the Scion xA is fresh, youthful and trendy, kids on young-people time think it's a Bronze Age handcart.
And that's why this car, the Scion xD, exists.
A replacement for the oh-so-out-of-date xA, the all-new xD offers what Toyota thinks young buyers want: a funky-looking car that's fun to drive and has a great stereo.
But it has some downsides, the biggest of which is its utter weirdness and how that might impact its resale value.
The xD is definitely weird looking, especially on the front end. It's like a rhinoceros that got punched in the face by an elephant. That's good news, because if I liked the way it looked, young people wouldn't.
It's also fairly fun to drive, especially for something from the Toyota family. It's lightweight and tossable with a zippy little en...