2013 Scion xD OVERVIEW
The Scion brand - a subsidiary of Toyota - debuted in 2004 with the release of the xA and xB model. In 2005, the tC arrived, then the xD hatchback arrived in 2008, two years after the elimination of the xB hatchback.
Heading into the 2013 model year, the xD retains its in-you-face quirky styling that polarizes buyers – you either love it or hate it. Under its hood comes a standard 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 128 horsepower and 125 foot-pounds of torque mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This nets the xD 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
Despite its compact size and low base price, this hatchback is pretty useful with its 35.7 cubic-feet of maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded. Things do get a little tight with all of the seats in place, as it only allots you 10.5 cubic-feet of space to cram in groceries. So, if you have a big shopping list, it’s best if you leave the rear seats vacant.
The 2013 xD only comes in a single trim level, which focuses more on saving you money rather than loading it with cost-increasing features, but it is by no means stripped down. Additionally, if you need extra options, like 18-inch wheels, TRD styling and performance parts, SiriusXM radio, premium audio and navigation, you can add them at an additional cost.
Competition for the xD is present, accounted for and fierce, as automakers fight to capitalize on the growing hatchback market in the U.S. Leading the competitive charge on the xD is the Honda Fit, which comes standard with a 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter engine, 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway rating, and 57.3 cubic-feet of maximum cargo space. Next up is the 2013 Ford Fiesta, which comes standard with a 120-horsepower, 1.5-liter engine, 29 mpg city and 39 mpg highway ratings, and 26 cubic-feet of maximum cargo capacity. Last up in the competitive list is the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic, which features a standard 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine, 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway ratings, and a respectable 30.9 cubic-feet of cargo space.
With the exception of performance hatchbacks, the name of the hatchback game is maximum usefulness of space, good fuel economy and peppy driving dynamics. As you can see, the xD gets some serious heat from its competitors, so it needs to bring something the others don’t to draw buyers in.