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2013 Scion xD

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2013 Scion xD Review

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There is no doubt the xD hatchback from Scion has some strong selling points. The 2013 model has a tough, almost aggressive look sure to please some potential buyers. While the cabin isn’t sparse, it matches the no nonsense approach of the exterior for sure. Some buyers are likely to appreciate this design. However, the interior rear seat is a bit cramped. Like most Scion products, the xD comes equipped with a long list of standard features. The safety features are a bit lacking in this model and some were only implemented following new safety laws passed in 2012.

While the powertrain for the xD should be more than enough, test drivers have been less than impressed with the vehicle’s overall performance and handling. On the plus side, the xD offers a nice ride for its capabilities. Some buyers will likely find other options more to their liking, but the Scion xD does offer a nice, solid construction and plenty of style for the price.

New For 2013

There are no significant changes to the Scion xD for the 2013 model year.


While it is certainly not the largest vehicle on the market, the 2013 Scion xD is a powerful looking hatchback. This model is squared off on just about every angle and has a uniquely designed front end and grille. Some potential buyers will be put off by the xD’s assertive exterior design, while others are sure to see it as an asset. This car rides around on large 18-inch wheels that almost look too big for its body. The aggressive front end features a snub nosed appearance, much like a prize fighter that has gone around the ring once too often. The rear end looks powerful as well with squared edges and distinctive lines. On the sides and doors, the xD has styling detail that fits in with the overall look of the vehicle. This car is sure to attract attention with its unique styling. Again, whether that attention is good or bad will depend on the eye of the beholder.

Interior & Cargo

Inside the cabin, the xD from Scion for the 2013 model year matches its rather tough exterior. It almost appears as if there was some confusion during the planning of the interior for this vehicle. It features both matte and glossy finishes that look at odds with each other. The instrument panel is uptight and placed on a solid hard plastic wall. The steering wheel is tilt adjustable and the gauge cluster is mounted on the steering wheel column. The front seats are less than comfortable, especially for long drives and the rear seat splits 60/40. This split helps give the xD one of the largest cargo space options for a car of this class.


The safety ratings and features for the Scion xD are acceptable for this type of model. This year some of the available features have been amped up. The seatbelt reels are stronger than ever this year and the side impact airbags are larger as well. This car is equipped with front side airbags with active head restraints as well as side curtain airbags. The xD is available standard with anti-lock brakes and stability control. While the xD rates decently on crash tests, the ratings could be better.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Scion xD is equipped with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with a standard five-speed manual transmission. This model is also available with a four-speed automatic transmission, though overall, the automatic option leaves a bit to be desired in terms of performance. Together the powertrain offers 128 hp; not bad for a car of this class. In terms of fuel economy, the xD comes in at 27/33 mpg city/highway.

The one thing you can expect from this model is a good ride quality. The xD offers a comfortable ride with plenty of support along the way. It should be noted that the hatchback doesn’t offer the best handling in its class. It lacks crisp response which may frustrate more demanding drivers. If you don’t mind the less than stellar performance the xD is overall reliable however.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Scion xD

  • Kia Rio
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Honda Fit
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Chevrolet Sonic

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