|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|
|Fun to Look at|
Jan 19, 2010