As a cheap platform, Scion models have been favorites for accessorizing. They make upgrading cabin tech easy with standardized steering wheel controls and dashboard openings. Toyota offers a line of accessories from its Toyota Racing Division (TRD) to make the Scion look good, and perform slightly better.
The xD's suspension is typical of economy cars, with a multilink in front to accommodate the front-wheel drive and a simple torsion bar in back. But this car comes with a TRD rear sway bar, the only real performance upgrade. It kept the xD a little more stable in the turns.
Hard plastics cover the dashboard, giving the car a cheap feel, but Scion uses a nice texture that partially ameliorates the effect. Buyers have three head unit options, along with the standard stereo, two with navigation.
This Bluetooth phone button sits behind the shifter. It is not a very good system, with virtually no features, so we would recommend not optioning it, and getting a new head unit with integrated Bluetooth.
This Alpine head unit is the first step up on the option ladder for stereos. We weren't crazy about it, and would consider leaving it off the list and finding a better aftermarket stereo to fit into the xD.