Top 10 Automotive Scan Tools
for October 2022

Automotive scan tools are devices used to diagnose and troubleshoot issues with a car's computer. Automotive scan tools connect to a car's OBD II port, which is typically located under the dashboard. OBD II stands for On Board Diagnostics 2, and it's a standard used by most car manufacturers to communicate with each other.

In the Different Guide , we test automotive scan tools to evaluate their ease of use, including their setup process, how easy they are to use, and how easy it is to connect them. We also evaluate their connectivity, including whether they can connect to multiple ports or are compatible with multiple car makes and models. We also score their feature-set, including whether they include features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS navigation. Finally, we evaluate their accuracy, including their ability to detect and diagnose the problem, and how easy it is to read the test results. Here are the best automotive scan tools of 2022:

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9.7
SCORE
XTOOL D7 Automotive Diagnostic Tool (2021 Newest Model), Bi-Directional Scan Tool with OE-Level Full Diagnosis, 28+ Services, IMMO/Key Programming, ABS Bleeding, Injector Coding, 3-Year Free Updates

XTOOL D7 Automotive Diagnostic Tool (2021 Newest Model)

by XTOOL
What We like

This diagnostic tool covers 5000+ cars/trucks/motorcycles. With its excellent software, it have 28+ special function, can perform IMMO/Key programming, ABS bleeding, Injector coding, etc. Electronic products have 3 years free update.

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9.6
SCORE
LAUNCH X431 V Pro 4.0 - 2021 Model Full Bidirectional Scan Tool,Full System Automotive Diagnostic Scanner,2(Two) Years Free Update

LAUNCH X431 V Pro 4.0

by LAUNCH
What We like

The LAB X431 V PRO 4.0 is our favorite diagnostic scanner of 2018, thanks in part to the ability to program Audi, Land Rover and Nissan vehicles.

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9.2
SCORE
XTOOL D7 Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tool, 2021 Newest Bi-Directional Control, OE All Systems Diagnostic, 28+ Services, Auto Bleed, Injector Coding, Key Programming, Oil Reset, EPB, DPF, BMS

XTOOL D7 Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tool

by XTOOL
What We like

One of our five best auto diagnostic scanners for 2019, we knew that the Top 5 products would be expensive. Then we reviewed the Xtool D7 and realized that our budget pick was well worth the price. The diagnostics features and the bi-directional control allowed us to diagnose cars we don't even know how to fix.

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9.1
SCORE
LAUNCH X431 V Pro 2021 Latest Bi-Directional Scan Tool,OE-Level Full System Automotive Scanner,ECU Coding,Active Test,31+ Services,AutoAuth for FCA SGW,Guided Functions

LAUNCH X431 V Pro 2021 Latest Bi-Directional Scan Tool

by LAUNCH
What We like

The LAUNCH X431 V Pro 2021 is an automotive diagnostic tool: it easily connects to the car's diagnostic port and read engine data, such as error codes, actuation status, live data stream, and ECU version.

5
8.7
SCORE
LAUNCH X431 V+ PRO Elite 4.0, 2021 Pro Bidirectional Scan Tool, 31+ Service Car Diagnostic Scanner & OEM All System Tools, ECU Coding, AutoAuth for FCA SGW,2 Years Free Update, Upgraded of X431 PROS V

LAUNCH X431 V+ PRO Elite 4.0

by Launch
What We like

LAUNCH X431 V+ PRO 4.0 professional automotive scanner is new and improved from the previous version, the features include support for new vehicles and OBD2 protocols, as well as the ability to change the language to 40 languages.

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8.7
SCORE
[2021 New]LAUNCH X431 PRO3S+ Bi-Directional Automotive Scan Tool (Upgraded Ver. of X431 V PRO),31+ Reset Service, All System Diagnostic Scanner, Key Program, ECU Online Coding, AutoAuth, Free Update

[2021 New]LAUNCH X431 PRO3S+ Bi-Directional Automotive Scan Tool (Upgraded Ver. of X431 V PRO)

by LAUNCH
What We like

The 2021 update makes LAUNCH X431 PRO3S+ one of the most comprehensive OBD scanners on the market. A $0.00 MSRP means that it won't cost you any more than the purchase of a low-end model, but the updated software makes it a better choice than even those scanners.

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8.7
SCORE
Autel MaxiCOM MK908 with MV108 Automotive Scan Tool 2021 Newest with Advanced ECU Coding, Bi-Directional Control, Active Tests, OE-Level All Systems Diagnosis & 31+ Services, Upgraded of MS906BT

Autel MaxiCOM MK908 with MV108 Automotive Scan Tool 2021 Newest with Advanced ECU Coding

by Autel
What We like

If you're an automotive professional, this scan tool is a must-have for you. It comes with 80+ models coverage, access to all systems, 31+ services, upgraded of MP808, and enhanced hardware performance.

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8.6
SCORE
Autel Scanner MaxiSys MS906BT, 2021 Newest Automotive Scan Tool, US Version of MaxiCOM MK906BT, Upgraded of MS906 DS808 MP808, ECU Coding, Bi-Directional Control, 31+ Services, All Systems Diagnostics

Autel Scanner MaxiSys MS906BT

by Autel
What We like

You get more than you pay for with the Autel Maxisys MS906BT. It markets itself as an all-in-one diagnostic tool, but it's really more versatile than that.

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8.5
SCORE
LAUNCH X431 PAD V All-in-One Automotive Scan Tool,J2534 ECU Programming,Topology Map,Guided Function,All System Intelligent Diagnostics Tool,Bi-Directional Control, 50+ Services & SmartLink Box

LAUNCH X431 PAD V All-in-One Automotive Scan Tool

by LAUNCH
What We like

The Scan tool has excellent diagnostics capability, but it doesn't have some of the advanced features of pricier options. However, it's inexpensive enough that an owner or professional mechanic can invest in the heavy-duty software to perform even more advanced work.

10
8.5
SCORE
XTOOL D8 Automotive Scan Tool 2021 Newest, ECU Coding, Bi-Directional Control, OE All Systems Diagnostic, 31+ Services, Oil Reset, ABS Bleed, DPF, EPB, Key Programming, 3 Years Free Update

XTOOL D8 Automotive Scan Tool 2021 Newest

by XTOOL
What We like

This professional diagnostic tool provides quick solutions for everyday problems. Its 31 special functions for mechanics are above and beyond what most tools can do. And its ability to code the ECU means that it won't work on every car, but its expansive list of supported cars makes it worth exploring.

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