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#317 of 356 After 2 years of researching, I bought...
Oct 31, 2007 (12:43 pm)
the Scion xD! Woo-hoo, we have a winner!
In my years of searching, I considered the Toyota Matrix, the Yaris hatch, Nissan Versa, Honda Fit, and most recently, the xD.
The final decision was made after considering the options, standard features, price, and (potential) reliability. My husband and I test drove on Saturday and put a deposit on a different color (silver). We picked up the car on Tuesday and will return to the dealer on Saturday for the installation of a rear sway bar and the standard stereo (could have done this one earlier, but wanted to save a trip).
We bought a Yaris S sedan for my husband earlier this year from the same salesman. The experience was even easier this time, probably because of the "pure pricing" of Scion. We were able to negotiate a little, however and got our salesman to give us a small discount on the document fees and free installation of the sway bar.
I am in love with driving it. It is just so easy to drive! The steering is excellent, viability is good also even with the wide "c" pillars, and the driving position is nice and upright. Rear seats have ample leg room, and the seats slide forward and back and also recline a small degree. Cargo area is smaller than other hatches but is good enough for me. Folding the seatbacks down is simple from the rear of the car. And the hatch door self closes, if you didn't know. Let go of it 6-8" from the bottom and it will pull itself shut. Fabulous.
All in all, we paid $17,555 inc taxes/fees. We borrowed through Bank of Toyota and got %6.05 interest rate, the lowest available. My husband and I both plan on keeping our cars as long as possible, maybe even pass them down to our future kids!
Feel free to ask me questions about the "Little Deviant"...
Oct 31, 2007 (2:53 pm)
The echo was much lighter than the small cars mentioned. Therefore, it got great gas mileage (it was also geared higher) and it was quicker as well.
Nov 11, 2007 (8:09 pm)
What kind of mpg are you xD owners getting. Not the paper numbers but the real world numbers.
#320 of 356 Re: MPG [ohplezz]
Nov 11, 2007 (11:15 pm)
What kind of mpg are you xD owners getting. Not the paper numbers but the real world numbers.
Yes, I'd also be very interested to know what real world economy the xD is getting. The ugly xB hogs all the spotlight.
Nov 16, 2007 (3:37 pm)
I'm only on my 1st tank of gas but I'm at 39.5MPG (according to the trip computer). I've only had the car (xD MT) 6 days now so is early to tell what long term MPG. My driving is in the mountains of CO, rural areas, few stop lights, up and down mtn passes on highways. I'll post back in a month or so after I have more miles.
#322 of 356 Re: MPG [ohplezz]
Nov 26, 2007 (3:33 pm)
My first tank was estimated at 27 mpg. Estimated because the dealer filled up the tank but didn't reset the trip odo... I won't fill up again for a full month or longer so we'll see if it gets better (just city driving).
#323 of 356 08 xD vs. 08 Fit Sport
Dec 02, 2007 (10:56 pm)
My fiance and I are looking to buy a car by next summer and we've narrowed it down b/w the 08 Fit Sport and the 08 xD.
-We both like the styling of the xD a lot better than the Fit Sport. The narrow front-end of the Fit is a kill-joy for us, we preffer the broader front on the xD.
-We also preffer alloy wheels (because they look nicer and they give better fuel economy) and we know the Fit Sport comes standard with 15' and it's offered optional on the xD with 16' which look a lot nicer than the Fit's but at a steep price of $799. Is the price worth it? And does it really affect fuel economy enough to make a difference with mgp? If not, then is it simply looks? More importantly, I work in a body shop so I know that no insurance company will cover aftermarket wheels. But if we get the 16' optional alloys with the xD they will be covered because they come from the dealer. So even if I bought my own cheaper aftermarket wheels for the xD I know we will be at a disadvantage with our insurance coverage...
-Also, we wanted to know if anyone has gotten the xD for less than the sticker price (pure pricing)? And if so, how did you go about it? I know I read on this forum that a lady managed to get the F&I processing fees that everyone seems to complian about discounted....
-Another option we love on the xD is the Ipod compatible steering wheel mounted controls and the Pioneer radio. Although the Fit Sport comes equipped with a seemingly good radio (6 speakers and equalizer), though no Ipod compatibility. Although, I think I saw it as an option for $299(?) I believe...
-We like the fuel economy on the Fit. Does anyone know exactly how much more fuel economy the Fit Sport delivers when compared to the xD? I know we looked on cars.com and the difference was 1-2 mpg.
-The xD comes equipped with a 128hp engine, but we've read that the Fit has better pickup due to the xD being heavier. Is that true? We don't really care about top speed since we'll realistically never need it. But we do need acceleration since we are in the city and you have to be agressive sometimes. We can probly find that out when we test drive it later, but I'm still curious what other peoples experiences were.
-The Fit has gotten better reviews than the xD on cars.com and it is also ranked #1 on US News and World Report in small affordable cars while the xD is at #11. I guess we are wondering if those differences can be outweighed by the xD's looks and features... or not.
-We care about safetly a lot. Both the Fit and xD have gotten good safety reviews. Is there anything we need to know about them? Differences or similarities?
-Are the cargo spaces really that different? I know one brags about sliding back seats while the other about seats folding up....
Thanks in advance for the responses! This is our first time buying a car so we are trying to do as much research as possible to make a good decision. We are putting down 4k-5k and are looking to have payments of 300-350 for 3-4 years. How do we go about financing?
Dec 03, 2007 (12:58 am)
Buy yourself a base xD. Even with the dealer fees you will be better off unless the demand for the fit is not to high in your area. In most places the demand for the fit is pretty high which leads dealers to jack up the price tag. Get the base xD and some nice looking set of aftermarket rims. They can be had at discounttiredirct.com (free shipping) or tirerack.com Don't worry about the rims getting messed up unless you buy some crazy expensive rims. As far as getting a xD less than pure price, I doubt that will happen. Just remember to shop around at several scion dealers to get the lowest price (fees I'm talking about). And do not buy any of the dealer add on options. They grossly over charge for them. As far as financing the car, try to do it through a credit union or even your bank. Scion financing is usually pretty high %. Go to scionlife.com to find out more about the xD in their forums. Do a search for templeofvtec to check out more info on the fit in their forums. I've been going back and forth for a while on what to buy. I too am considering the fit vs xD. I'm a big honda fan and have owned one for years but the fit to me looks to feminine. The xD just has more potential in the looks department and the mpg is a toss up. The manual trans will get you better mpg in either but the autos will do ok as well. It pretty much comes down to which one you like the most in the test drive. Good luck.
#325 of 356 Re: 08 xD vs. 08 Fit Sport [dunderal]
Dec 03, 2007 (4:27 am)
My friend had a Fit and was very displeased with the economy with it. he said that you have to drive it in a very specific way and if you go to the Fit forums you'll find a lot of gripes about the fuel economy of the Fit. It's a great and useful car but his mileage in city driving with the A/C on and by city that's stop and go traffic, he never exceeded 24mpg ever. He was so ticked off that he sold the car as he felt it should have a lot more power if it was getting only 24mpg in the city.
I haven't driven the Scion xD but my wife kind of likes it. I sat in one but didn't drive it. The Fit has a ton of room, it's just amazing! The xD has more adjustments to the rear seats and seems more people friendly. The Fit is very cargo friendly. I did drive a Fit and found the power ok for the city but highway trips i don't think it's got enough power. The xD is basically a Corolla engine in a Yaris platform with a Daihatsu body. The Fit is a full Honda. Again I haven't driven an xD yet but I did notice it had a very high beltline. Neither car has seat height adjustment a big thing for my wife.
The xD looks more aggressive, the Fit more like a
You really have to go out and drive them back to back in similar situations to what you drive everyday and base you decision on what you like best. You can only do so much online before you have to drive them and decide. My wife will need a new car soon, she wants a MINI, not all that possible because the dealer is almost 2 hours away. Similar cars are the xD and the Fit. but I think she should get a base Subaru 2.5i wagon because she has trouble driving in the snow on all the hills we have. Fuel economy is a factor as is price. Honda is coming out with an all new Fit in 2009 and it corrects the lack of a dead pedal, lack of an armrest and is more stable on the highway.
Go out and drive both, and see which one you prefer.
Dec 03, 2007 (11:26 am)
Both the subaru and mini will be over 20k. The mini will brake down a lot and the subaru will get bad mpg (all wheel drive). The new fit will not be out until late next year. That leaves the little D. Happy shopping The xD is the more stable on the hway when considering the fit v xD. Especially if you get a little wider tires.
Subaru makes a good solid car. I like the impreza but the price tag and especially the mpg kill the deal for me.