2011 Scion xD vs. Its Competition

2011 Scion xD 5dr HB Man (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Against the Scion xD, the Aveo5 offers a larger, more comfortable interior, but it lags in virtually all other areas (features, performance, safety) and is quickly growing long in the tooth.

The Kia Soul has won raves for its angular but smart styling, a high level of standard equipment, and a spacious interior, though it's hardly the quickest box on the block.

The Nissan Versa feels bigger than the Scion xD, with poise and a ride that's notably better, but from behind the wheel, it's just not that sporty to drive.

New for 2011, the Ford Fiesta is one of the strongest entries in this class; it's sportier than the xD and handles much better, and it offers voice-activated Bluetooth controls, with the SYNC system.

In the end, the Honda Fit is the car to beat in this category.

It's the most practical car in the group, sporty to drive, with plenty of headroom and a backseat that holds full-size adults.

Its Magic Seat design, which seems to fold into dozens of combinations for impressive cargo volume, is simply unmatched by any other car.

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Quick Specs
6.6
The 2011 Scion xD offers an impressive list of features and sporty accessories, but it's not as much fun to drive as its image suggests.
5.2
The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is vastly improved from first glance; we'll reserve final judgement until road-test cars are made available.
7.8
If you're set on stylish and small, the 2011 Ford Fiesta might be your only choice, though you might miss the solid, roomy feel of a Fit.
8.0
The 2011 Honda Fit is like a mini-minivan in some respects, with an incredibly space-efficient design; yet it's peppy, frugal, and fun to drive.
8.2
The 2011 Kia Soul is fashion-forward and fun-to-driveā€”and unlike most of its urban-wagon rivals, it's just as practical as it looks.
7.0
For those focused on getting the most comfort and practicality for the least money, the 2011 Nissan Versa is a market standout.
MSRP From     
$15,110$11,965$13,200$15,100$13,300$9,990
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsCompactSubcompactSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonCompact
Style Name     
5-Door HB Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual5-Door Wagon Manual4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan5 Door Hatchback5 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualManual w/ODManualManualManualManual