Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Scion xD TRD

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Scion xD TRD

4. Where’s the beef?

Note that there haven’t been any real power upgrades, so it should be expected that straight line performance remains the same. The 2,665 lb. xD is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder developing 128 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, which on paper doesn’t sound that bad. In real life, however, it just feels like an old dog; especially with the four-speed automatic.

With so little power to drive the Scion out of corners; the handling improvements from the TRD upgrades becomes even more evident; maybe a TRD supercharger is in order to balance things out? Even if the car is slow, at least the axle back exhaust is quiet when cruising, but makes some good noise when getting hard on the gas.


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