2013 Scion xD vs. Its Competition

2013 Scion xD
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Scion hasn't done as well as bigger brands in subcompact sales; it's not getting any easier, as new entries flood the market.

The Ford Fiesta has an eager feel and quick steering, as well as SYNC voice controls, but back-seat space is minimal.

There's better room in a Kia Rio, and even more in the mechanically related Hyundai Accent--and both are strong values, though not as inexpensive, relatively, as they used to be.

The Chevy Sonic is our favorite in this segment for excellent handling; get the turbo four and you'll feel the road better than in any of these vehicles.

For the ultimate in passenger space, go with the Honda Fit, which has excellent interior room and the flexible "Magic Seat" rear seats, though not much handling fun.

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Quick Specs
Packed with value, the 2013 Scion xd isn't quite as much fun to drive as it looks.
The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic swaps econobox blues for sporty driving feel as well as safety, refinement, and comfort.
Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.
If you're not turned off by the utilitarian look of the 2013 Honda Fit, you'll like what you get, which is awesome practicality and space-efficiency, plus some driving verve.
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is one of the best-equipped small cars, and it gets very good gas mileage, but it's not quite as exciting to drive as it looks.
The 2013 Kia Rio is no longer an also-ran--it's a tough contender in a class filled with efficient, good-looking, smartly priced subcompacts.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompactSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact
Style Name     
5-Door HB Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-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     
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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