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MPG: 27 City / 33 Hwy
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2013 Scion xD Review

Automotive reviewers like the 2013 Scion xD’s many standard features and around-town performance, but say both the front and rear seats need more legroom.

All xD models have a standard 128-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is optional. Test drivers say that like many affordable small cars, the Scion xD’s engine is plenty powerful for navigating cities, but find that it strains in passing and merging on the highway. Both the manual and automatic transmissions receive positive comments from auto writers, who say that they are smooth. The EPA says that with either transmission, fuel economy is 27/33 mpg city/highway, which is low for a subcompact. Overall, auto writers say that the xD’s ride quality is composed and that its steering is well-balanced for city and highway driving. However, some reviewers suggest that shoppers who want a small car that’s fun to drive should shop the competition because the xD’s steering is numb.

The Scion xD has a lot of standard interior features for the class, including a USB port, HD Radio and a Pioneer stereo. Automotive journalists like that the stereo and climate controls are very easy to use. Its standard safety features are typical of the class, and its safety score is above average. Test drivers say the cabin is nicely constructed, but is made with a lot of hard, cheap plastics. Reviewers also wish the 2013 xD had more legroom and more room for cargo. In particular, auto critics think tall adults in the front seats will want more legroom. Some reviewers say the same applies to the rear seats, which will be cramped for most adults because legroom is also limited. Still, that's typical for most small hatchbacks.

  • "You may find a few small hatchbacks that are more fun to drive (think Ford Fiesta) or better in the snow (Suzuki SX4), but few if any can match the xD for overall value, configurability and resale value." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Scion's xD is a subcompact that offers a host of safety features and standard amenities. The xD shares the practical, utilitarian nature of its xB sibling but with more-conventional styling and control layout that give it broader appeal." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Style and a long list of optional accessories make the … Scion xD a youthful hit, but other cars in its class provide greater utility and fun." -- Edmunds (2012)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Honda Fit has spacious front and rear seats and a lot more cargo room than the xD offers. The Fit’s engine isn’t powerful for the class, but reviewers think the Fit Sport model’s handling makes it fun to drive. Although the Fit doesn’t have as many standard interior features as the xD, it is less expensive and offers navigation, which isn’t available on the xD.

Like the xD, the Hyundai Veloster has unique exterior styling and a lot of standard features. It comes with amenities such as a touch screen, USB port and Bluetooth. The Veloster’s base engine is more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the xD’s, but some reviewers don’t enjoy driving the Veloster. They say the base Veloster’s engine isn’t as strong as its horsepower rating suggests, and find the steering boring.

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Details: 2013 Scion xD

The five-seat 2013 Scion xD is only available in one trim, which has a four-cylinder engine and a standard five-speed manual transmission. An automatic transmission is available. All xD models come with a Pioneer stereo, USB port, HD Radio and Bluetooth. The xD has not changed much since it was introduced for the 2008 model year, so this review uses applicable research and reviews from 2008 to 2013.  

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Review Last Updated: 5/22/14

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