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2013 Scion xD

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2013 Scion xD Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.7

The 2013 Scion xD hatchback may have been designed with younger buyers in mind, but it seems to hold wide appeal amongst all age ranges. Its sleek hatchback design is more versatile than a small sedan's, capable of providing maximum interior space for humans or cargo. But, it's the xD's low price and excellent fuel economy that likely seal the deal. Of course, there's also Scion's extensive list of dealer-installed options that allow for complete customization of the xD, a rare offering on cars these days. 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a small hatchback that is affordable and fun, but you'd also like something a bit more provocative than the average Nissan Versa or Honda Fit, check out the 2013 Scion xD. It's roomy, reliable and highly configurable.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're all about the best fuel economy in the segment, the xD is good, but it can't match the 40-mpg ratings attained by the Ford Fiesta or Kia Rio 5-Door. Additionally, if your budget cannot exceed $16,500 the Kia Rio or Hyundai Accent is a worthy alternative.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the Scion xD receives additional front-seat cushion airbags, white gauge faces and smoke-colored headlight housings.

Driving the xD

Driving Impressions The 2013 Scion xD is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder powerplant, engineered with Toyota's Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) technology. Although it delivers only 128 horsepower and 125 lb-ft...

of torque, the engine's broad powerband allows it to zip around in city traffic without complaint. Unfortunately, the xD is no different from most economy cars and will strain to tackle steep hills or overtake slower traffic. Those who want a better sense of acceleration from stoplights and on freeway on- and offramps will be happier with the standard 5-speed manual transmission than the optional 4-speed automatic. With its short, squat stance the 2013 Scion xD is capable of handling curves and dips in the road with ease, although rough road surfaces will make the ride slightly less comfortable.

PIONEER PREMIUM AUDIO UPGRADE
The upgraded Pioneer head unit features a large, color LCD touch screen, HD Radio, iTunes tagging, Pandora Internet radio and Bluetooth as well as SiriusXM capability.

CONVENIENT STORAGE
Despite its compact dimensions, the xD features a profusion of storage cubbies, boxes, trays and hidden compartments for your mobile life.

2013 Scion xD Details
Interior

The 2013 Scion xD's interior is most notable for its spaciousness rather than expressive design. The xD's tall ceiling nullifies headroom concerns, and the sliding and reclining rear seat serves up considerable legroom – even for passengers over six feet tall. Spacious for its category, the xD cabin is complemented by a dual glove box, cell-phone storage tray and a concealed compartment located below the rear cargo floor. The dash layout is plain and a bit drab, but the controls are large and easy to use. And though hard plastics are common at this price point, most of the xD's surfaces are low-gloss and deeply textured.

Exterior

From its bulldog snout to its smoothly blended sheetmetal, the xD certainly stands out among the crowd of traditional compacts. Engineered with versatility in mind, the 2013 Scion xD features a cargo-friendly, utilitarian profile design to optimize interior volume. The xD offers a choice of three 16-inch wheels covers, 18-inch alloy wheels and a multitude of exterior adornments to make your xD truly unique. A new 2-tone paint option this year combines Blue Streak Metallic with Black Sand Pearl for the roof.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Like all Scion vehicles, the xD comes with a wide array of standard equipment. Noteworthy amenities include keyless entry, a multi-information display with various vehicle-related data, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, and a 160-watt Pioneer sound system with iPod compatibility, six speakers and Bluetooth. To help ensure its occupants arrive safely at their destination, the 2013 xD is equipped with six airbags, active front headrests to help prevent whiplash injuries, and the Star Safety System's collection of accident-avoiding electronic aids.

Optional Equipment

Since the 2013 Scion xD offers a host of equipment as standard fare, available options consist mainly of items geared toward customizing the car, like illuminated doorsill enhancements, sport pedals, carbon-fiber door trim, and 18-inch alloy wheels. A few more everyday options exist, such as a cargo cover and mat, floor mats and an auto-dimming mirror. More significant options include a new Pioneer Premium audio system with a full-color 5.8-inch touch screen, iTunes Tagging and Pandora Internet radio.

Under the Hood

The 2013 xD's 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine delivers 128 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. The xD's singular engine choice can be matched to either a 5-speed manual or a less-efficient – and antiquated – 4-speed automatic gearbox. Furthermore, the Scion xD's outdated drivetrain relegates it to the lower tier of the segment in terms of fuel efficiency.

1.8-liter inline-4
128 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
125 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 mpg

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2013 Scion xD Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 140 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Fantastic Car! Don't think twice about buying one!

By on Monday, September 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great value - VERY dependable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have had my 2008 for 7 years this coming October. I commute about 75 miles (37 each way) each day, so have put a lot of miles on it. After 150,000 miles the only 'non-maintenance' thing I've done is replaced a front wheel bearing. Compare that with another car I own(with 157,000 miles) that I put over $4,000 into over the last year. The xD is incredibly dependable. Not as quiet as a larger car, but much quieter than the Honda Fit. With back seats down, it carries much more cargo than you'd think. IPod connectivity and aux in are also very nice for the younger generation. I'd buy another one without a second thought. I bought close to the base model and only wish that Bluetooth had been available for the 2008's. Won't go wrong with this car. Only downside is it has a pretty bad blindspot and no place between seats to store anything, but these are a small price to pay. Hoping to get 300,000 or 400,000 miles out of this car. So far, so good."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

I love my 'Yip yip'

By on Thursday, May 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "decent price, good looking, flexible"

Cons: "128 hp, 33 mpg top, hard to find"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I went with this particular vehicle because of my personal need to transport large kennels (big dogs). It's really met my needs well, whether I'm traveling with my friend or siblings (comfortably, I'm proud to say) commuting on my own, transporting my dog, or packing a surprising volume in the back for a move, it's been great. No issues to date, and Scion's warranty and reputation was definitely a contributing factor in the purchase. There are faster and more fuel-efficient options, but you'd be hard pressed to find one in the same price range with the same space flexibility and good looks (I looked extensively for months before going with what I now refer to as "Yip yip." My significant other drives a heavily customized Subaru Forester built for Tarmac racing, and greatly enjoyed the drive in my little XD, referring to it as "peppy", despite its lower horse power, but with a very pleasant response with its light weight and size. I personally love a nice sharp small turn radius and great visibility for safety. Nice full audio range certainly doesn't hurt either. My favorite car I've owned yet"

24 people out of 40 found this review helpful

Fun car to drive - manual trans., elderly access

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price and great mileage."

Cons: "some road noise and noisy tires."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car for driving in congested traffic . . . peppy, but not a lion. I really loved having it for these past eight years. New tires all around about 5000 miles ago. No mechanical problems and excellent mileage - 32-34 MPG."

14 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Fun car to drive - manual trans., elderly access

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price and great mileage."

Cons: "some road noise and noisy tires."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car for driving in congested traffic . . . peppy, but not a lion. I really loved having it for these past eight years. New tires all around about 5000 miles ago. No mechanical problems and excellent mileage - 32-34 MPG."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Fun car to drive - manual trans., elderly access

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price and great mileage."

Cons: "some road noise and noisy tires."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car for driving in congested traffic . . . peppy, but not a lion. I really loved having it for these past eight years. New tires all around about 5000 miles ago. No mechanical problems and excellent mileage - 32-34 MPG."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Fun car to drive - manual trans., elderly access

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price and great mileage."

Cons: "some road noise and noisy tires."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car for driving in congested traffic . . . peppy, but not a lion. I really loved having it for these past eight years. New tires all around about 5000 miles ago. No mechanical problems and excellent mileage - 32-34 MPG."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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