Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Scion xD TRD

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Scion xD TRD

2. Tighter, crisper and more fun

And it isn’t just wasted money; the upgrades do work. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. They work within the context of the vehicle they are applied to; you can’t take Rush Limbaugh and expect him to run a 10-second 100 m after a few trips to the gym.

The most obvious improvement with the new parts is tighter, more precise steering, which is now second best in the Scion stable, trailing only the fantastic rack found in the FR-S. Body roll is greatly reduced and the xD becomes slightly more neutral. Not that it’s going to ever rival the FR-S, but it does make the car slightly sporty instead of tragically dull.

The tires grip so well with the new planted stance that the vehicle holds on in corners better than expected, and, as a bonus, ride comfort is actually not hurt by all these upgrades.


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