Jan 19, 2010
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $19,327

Capable little wagon, with nippy 128-hp VTEC, twin-cam 4-banger, smooth-as-silk 5-speed, electronic power steering with good feel. Surprisingly quiet at highway speeds and a light foot can deliver 42 mpg. Obvious dash controls, interesting interior vinyl akin to elephant hide, accented by carbon fiber. Comfortable—even the back seats recline ten degrees; excellent 160-watt Pioneer stereo, Bluetooth, traction and stability control, multiple airbags.


Speedo-tach combination is clunky—there’s room for both. Eleven-gallon gas tank too small if you have a heavy foot, or live in a Western state.


Replaces the xA, which was too small and overshadowed by the box-like xB. The new xD is about 15% bigger than the xA and superior in every way. The only way to sell Americans on small cars is to make them surprisingly good, like this.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating