Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2014 Ford Focus VS 2013 Scion xD Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2014 Ford Focus

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2013 Scion xD

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Scion xD doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The xD doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Focus (except S) offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The xD doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the xD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal, side, rear impact, and roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Focus its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus,” a rating only granted to 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The xD has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Scion vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 27th in initial quality. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Scion is ranked 33rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Scion vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 13th in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Scion is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (160 vs. 128) and 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 125) than the xD’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus is faster than the Scion xD (manual transmissions tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.5 sec

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Focus is faster than the Scion xD (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.5 sec

9.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.7 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.5 MPH

80.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SMG gets better fuel mileage than the xD Auto (28 city/40 hwy vs. 27 city/33 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Focus gets better fuel mileage than the xD:



2.0 4 cyl./Manual

26 city/36 hwy

27 city/33 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Manual

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

27 city/37 hwy

27 city/33 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Auto

The Focus has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the xD (12.4 vs. 11.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Focus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The xD doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus offers optional antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the xD. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Focus stops much shorter than the xD:



70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the xD (235/40R18 vs. 195/60R16).

The Focus Titanium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the xD’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The xD’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

The Focus Titanium offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the xD, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Focus has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Scion xD has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Focus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The xD’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Focus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Focus flat and controlled during cornering. The xD’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Focus has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The xD doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Focus’ wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the xD (104.3 inches vs. 96.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the xD.

The Focus SE 5dr Hatchback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the xD (27.6 seconds vs. 28.6 seconds).

For better maneuverability, the Focus’ turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the xD’s (36 feet vs. 37 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Ford Focus amounts to more than styling. The Focus has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .295 Cd. That is lower than the xD (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Focus get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Focus uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The xD doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Focus 5dr Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the xD is rated a Subcompact.

The Focus has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the xD (90.7 vs. 84.5).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus 5dr Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the xD with its rear seat up (23.8 vs. 10.5 cubic feet). The Focus 5dr Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the xD with its rear seat folded (44.8 vs. 35.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Focus automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The xD’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Focus has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The xD doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the xD have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Focus is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The xD prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Focus SE/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The xD’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Focus’ available exterior keypad. The xD doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The xD’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Focus’ standard power locks automatically lock the doors when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

Intelligent Access standard on the Focus Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Scion xD doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Focus’ variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The xD’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Focus SE/Titanium has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The xD doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Focus’ standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The xD doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Focus SE’s optional outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The xD doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Focus’ power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The xD’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Focus (except S) offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the xD.

The Focus offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The xD doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Focus (except S)’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The xD doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Focus (except S)’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The xD doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Focus’ passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The xD doesn’t offer a filtration system.

With optional voice command, the Focus offers the driver hands free control of the radio and cell phone by simply speaking. The xD doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The Focus Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The xD doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Focus will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Focus will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the xD.



Five Year

44% to 45%


Three Year

61% to 63%


According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the xD because typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the xD, including $240 less for a water pump, $24 less for an alternator, $38 less for a starter, $3 less for fuel injection, $170 less for a fuel pump and $450 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2013 car issue. The Scion xD only won one award.

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 14 years. The xD has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Focus was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 13 years. The xD has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Focus outsold the Scion xD by almost twenty-seven to one during the 2013 model year.

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