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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
2012 Scion xD: 'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' rear impact; Top Safety Pick
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The 2013 Scion xD sits in a class where crash safety is rapidly improving. This year, it gets larger side-impact airbags and tougher seatbelt reels, but it still doesn't have what we'd like to see most: a new crash-test score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which hasn't given it a rating since it updated its test criteria for the 2011 model year.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests, last year's xD earned top "good" scores for all tests--an improvement over its prior front-impact rating--as well as the Top Safety Pick designation. The IIHS hasn't yet issued its 2013 awards; we'll update this page when more information becomes available.
The xD was one of the last vehicles in the U.S. market to get standard electronic stability control, in the 2012 model year when it became mandatory. Otherwise, the xD's set of standard safety features is competitive: anti-lock brakes, side-curtain airbags in the front and rear, front side airbags, and active front headrests.
More airbags are standard this year, but the NHTSA and IIHS haven't said how much that improves the Scion xD's safety.