2012 Scion xD vs. Its Competition

2012 Scion xD
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The xD sometimes gets lost in the field of subcompacts, and it's probably not going to get any better in 2012, now that three very good new entries have joined the class.

Returning to the fold are the Honda Fit, which has excellent interior room and the flexible "Magic Seat" rear seats, though not much handling fun.

Ford's Fiesta is all about quick steering and an eager driving feel--and SYNC-driven controls--but back-seat space is minimal in either sedan or hatchback form.

The new entries here include the excellent Chevy Sonic, a class leader with the optional turbocharged four-cylinder, with great road feel and good passenger space.

There's also the duo from Korea: the Kia Rio is the more European-looking of the pair, with a little less room than the similar Hyundai Accent, but identical 40-mpg highway EPA ratings and very smooth powertrain performance that ups their small-car game rather dramatically.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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2011 Ford Fiesta 4-door HB SES Angular Front Exterior View2012 Ford Fiesta
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2012 Honda Fit 5dr HB Auto Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Fit
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Quick Specs
It's not as much fun as its styling suggests, but the 2012 Scion xD has a low base price and offers lots of accessories.
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance.
The 2012 Honda Fit is peppy and fun to drive, and its interior is incredibly space-efficient; but some might be turned off by its rather utilitarian look.
Do Americans want small cars with more room and great gas mileage? The 2012 Hyundai Accent is betting they do--and so are we.
The yardsticks have moved--but the 2012 Kia Rio has kicked itself into contention in a class filled with very good economy cars.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompactSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact
Style Name     
5-Door HB Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan LS 1LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Wagon4 Door SedanSedan5 Door Hatchback4 Door SedanSedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Scion xD vs. 2012 Chevrolet Sonic2012 Scion xD vs. 2012 Ford Fiesta2012 Scion xD vs. 2012 Honda Fit2012 Scion xD vs. 2012 Hyundai Accent2012 Scion xD vs. 2012 Kia Rio