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2013 Scion xD Review

The 2013 Scion xD comes equipped with an appealing list of standard features. It also has excellent reliability and safety ratings, making it one of the highest-ranked subcompact cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive list of standard features
  • Excellent safety and reliability ratings
  • Good value
  • Low fuel economy for the class
  • Limited legroom in both rows
  • Competitors have more cargo space




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 10.0
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2013 Scion xD Overview

Is the 2013 Scion xD a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 xD is a great choice among subcompact cars. It has terrific crash test and reliability ratings, along with plenty of standard features. However, its small size isn’t a good fit for everyone.

Used 2013 Scion xD Performance and Interior

The xD is about as peppy as most other subcompact cars. Its standard four-cylinder engine feels sprightly around town, but it struggles to overtake other cars or climb steep hills. Seek out a model with the standard manual transmission for an extra dose of enjoyment, though the available automatic transmission is also decent. Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is on the low side compared to similar cars. The xD has strong brakes, light steering for easy parking, and adequate ride comfort.

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Inside, the xD's airy cabin is a little deceiving. Average-sized adults will fit just fine, but some tall travelers may feel cramped. That said, the reclining and sliding rear seats are a welcome touch. The xD’s good visibility and high seating enhance its appeal. Still, some drivers may struggle to find the optimal driving position, due to the steering wheel's location and lack of telescoping adjustments. Every rear seat has a tether anchor for child safety seats, and lower anchors are mounted on the rear outboard seats.

The xD's controls are clearly marked and easy to reach. The standard Pioneer audio system has good sound and comes with a USB port and auxiliary jack, granting access to media on your phone or iPod. Bluetooth and HD Radio are also included, and a navigation system is available. Convenient cubbies are located throughout the cabin, but the hatchback area doesn't have much cargo space, even for a car this size. 

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Used 2013 Scion xD Prices

The average base price of a 2013 xD with the four-speed automatic transmission is $9,100. Models with the five-speed manual transmission tend to be about $400 less. A vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and demand affect its final price.

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Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know in our comprehensive Scion xD review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 57 professional reviews.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Scion xD?

The 2013 xD is expected to be one of the most dependable used cars you can buy. It has a reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is considerably higher than the Ford Fiesta, Mini Cooper, and Fiat 500.

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How Safe Is the xD?

Crash test ratings for the 2013 xD are quite impressive. It receives top scores for every simulation performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The xD was also named a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick. That's significantly better than the Hyundai Accent, another subcompact car. No active safety features – not even a rearview camera – were offered in the xD. For 2013, Scion added airbags for the driver and front seat passenger to the xD.

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Is the 2013 xD the Best Model Year to Buy?

Introduced for 2008, the Scion xD received only minor updates until it was discontinued after the 2014 model year. It's best to start with at least a 2012 xD, which features standard Bluetooth and HD Radio. However, we recommend the 2014 Scion xD. It not only comes standard with a touch-screen infotainment display, but it also has a lower average base price than the 2013 xD by about $100.  

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Which Used Scion xD Is Right for Me?

Choices for the 2013 xD start out simple, as this small car comes in only one trim level. Scion outfitted the xD with a generous amount of standard features, including a Pioneer audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a USB port, keyless entry, and a chrome-tipped exhaust. Basics such air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are also standard.

Similar to the Mini Cooper, Scion put its new-car shoppers in the driver's seat, giving free range to personalize the xD through an abundance of options from the dealer. These vary from the usual type of upgrades – like 16-inch alloy wheels– to customizations such as a rear spoiler, a Bespoke premium audio system, and an extensive range of TRD performance accessories. For used car shoppers, its add-ons like these that distinguish one xD from another.

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program on models from the Scion brand, which went defunct after 2016. It provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all certified pre-owned vehicles. Toyota also extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Scion must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the warranty page carefully.

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2013 Scion xD and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Scion xD or 2013 Honda Fit?

The Honda Fit and Scion xD are both excellent small cars to consider. Out of the two, the xD is the better value, with its lower average price and extra standard features. However, the Fit is the better buy if you need more legroom and cargo space than the xD offers.

Which Is Better: 2013 Scion xD or 2013 Toyota Yaris?

Like the Scion xD, the Toyota Yaris has a high reliability rating, but the Toyota isn't very fun to drive. Most drivers will enjoy the peppier, smoother powertrain of the xD over the Yaris.

Which Is Better: 2013 Scion xD or 2013 Scion xB?

The Scion xB is a good choice if you need extra room. It addresses the xD's problem of a stunted back seat by adding about four more inches of legroom. A larger cargo area is another advantage of the boxy xB.

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