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KBB Expert Rating: 5.6
The xD is a compact hatchback from Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand. While younger drivers will be attracted to the xD's funky exterior styling and sub-$17,000 starting price, this small car can appeal to a wide range of buyers thanks to its flexible interior space and good fuel economy. The 5-passenger 2014 Scion xD can also offer peace of mind with its history of reliability, two years of complimentary maintenance and high resale value. That said, the xD's light has dimmed in recent years amid fresher competitors. The Kia Rio 5-door, for instance, continues to innovate, while the xD lags with an aging powertrain and 4-speed automatic transmission. Likewise, the Nissan Versa Note appeals with a lower price and higher fuel economy, and the Fiat 500L offers Euro charm.
If you want a small hatchback with youthful exuberance, a solid track record and no-haggle pricing, the Scion xD is worth consideration. Owners can further differentiate their rides thanks to the Scion's commendable list of accessories and add-ons.
The 2014 xD's 33-mpg highway rating is good but hardly the best in this segment. The Nissan Versa Note, for example, earns up to 40 mpg. If you require all-wheel drive for better grip in slippery conditions, turn your attention to a Subaru Impreza or Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
Like all other 2014 Scion models, the xD gains an updated audio system with 6.1-inch touch screen and HD Radio receiver. Also arriving for this model year are two fresh 2-tone exterior paint color options.
Driving Impressions The latest Scion xD retains the same powerplant it's been using since the car's introduction for 2008. Producing 128 horsepower, the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder is adequate to move the front-wheel-drive hatchback...... around town without complaint. Like other economy cars, the motor strains when tackling steep hills or overtaking slower traffic. Those who want to wring the most out of the xD – and save a few dollars – should select the 5-speed manual transmission. Most buyers, however, will choose the optional automatic transmission. This setup can still do the job with its four gears but is looking aged as the xD's competitors usher in smoother and more efficient 6-speed automatics or continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). The Scion xD is capable of handling curves and dips with ease, though rough road surfaces can become uncomfortable in this compact hatchback. Unfortunately the steering wheel does not telescope, making it harder to find the perfect driving position.
SCION DISPLAY AUDIO SYSTEM
This new unit injects the 2014 xD with fresh audio and visual appeal. The system features a 6.1-inch touch-screen display that bundles the standard AM/FM/CD receiver with an HD Radio to receive free, digital broadcasts as well as Bluetooth streaming audio, phone connectivity and USB port.
Despite its small exterior dimensions, the xD features a profusion of storage cubbies, boxes, trays and hidden compartments for your mobile life.
You won't confuse the 2014 Scion xD's interior with one from Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus. Then again, if you wanted luxury, you wouldn't be looking at a Scion. Where the xD excels is packing a tidy amount of space into a flexible cabin. The hatchback's tall ceiling nullifies headroom concerns, and its 3-passenger rear seat serves up considerable legroom. In addition to folding to create more cargo space, the rear seat reclines for passenger comfort. The new touch-screen display notwithstanding, the xD's dash remains a bit drab. The large controls are easy to use, and plenty of nooks are ready to swallow phones and other accessories.Exterior
The 2014 Scion xD may be small and not nearly as fresh as it once was, but it still packs some visual attitude. As the little brother to the Scion xB, the xD is appropriately boxy with a squat stance. Its hood is short and its beltline – where the metal sides meet the windows – is rather high. A rear hatch door opens upward for easy loading of cargo. In addition to several features like a rear spoiler and carbon-fiber applique on the B-pillar, buyers have a choice of two 2-tone paint schemes on the 2014 xD that contrast the roof and body colors
Every 2014 Scion xD comes respectably equipped with power windows/door locks, air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry and the new 6.1-inch touchscreen Display Audio Unit with AM/FM/CD/HD Radio and aux/USB inputs. The xD also comes with two years or 25,000 miles of complimentary maintenance such as oil changes, and two years of 24-hour roadside assistance.
Scion has long been known for offering buyers an array of features and accessories to personalize their car, and that continues with the 2014 xD. Among the offerings are a 4-speed automatic transmission that most buyers will opt for, 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels, and Scion's BeSpoke Audio unit with navigation. The xD can also be equipped with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) hardware such as a sport muffler, rear sway bar, performance shocks and lowering springs.
Powering the 2014 Scion xD is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 128 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. The Scion's singular engine choice can be matched to a 5-speed manual or an antiquated 4-speed automatic transmission.
128 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
125 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 mpg
With only one trim offered, pricing is pretty simple for the 2014 xD: With a manual transmission, the Scion carries a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $16,675. With the automatic transmission, the price bumps up to $17,475. Add every possible option, and you'll be hard-pressed to break the low-$20,000 mark. Still, even at these prices the xD is undercut by some competitors that offer newer powertrains and better fuel economy. The Kia Rio 5-door and Kia Soul, Ford Fiesta hatchback, Nissan Versa Note, Chevy Sonic and Honda Fit all start at a lower price than the 2014 Scion xD. Priced higher than the xD is the larger Fiat 500L. Before buying, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The xD's resale value remains a bright point, ranking among the best in its segment.
By Timbo on Monday, September 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great value - VERY dependable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Have had my 2008 for 7 years this coming October. I commute about 75 miles (37 each way) each day, so have put a lot of miles on it. After 150,000 miles the only 'non-maintenance' thing I've done is replaced a front wheel bearing. Compare that with another car I own(with 157,000 miles) that I put over $4,000 into over the last year. The xD is incredibly dependable. Not as quiet as a larger car, but much quieter than the Honda Fit. With back seats down, it carries much more cargo than you'd think. IPod connectivity and aux in are also very nice for the younger generation. I'd buy another one without a second thought. I bought close to the base model and only wish that Bluetooth had been available for the 2008's. Won't go wrong with this car. Only downside is it has a pretty bad blindspot and no place between seats to store anything, but these are a small price to pay. Hoping to get 300,000 or 400,000 miles out of this car. So far, so good."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By elanadon on Thursday, May 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "decent price, good looking, flexible"
Cons: "128 hp, 33 mpg top, hard to find"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I went with this particular vehicle because of my personal need to transport large kennels (big dogs). It's really met my needs well, whether I'm traveling with my friend or siblings (comfortably, I'm proud to say) commuting on my own, transporting my dog, or packing a surprising volume in the back for a move, it's been great. No issues to date, and Scion's warranty and reputation was definitely a contributing factor in the purchase. There are faster and more fuel-efficient options, but you'd be hard pressed to find one in the same price range with the same space flexibility and good looks (I looked extensively for months before going with what I now refer to as "Yip yip." My significant other drives a heavily customized Subaru Forester built for Tarmac racing, and greatly enjoyed the drive in my little XD, referring to it as "peppy", despite its lower horse power, but with a very pleasant response with its light weight and size. I personally love a nice sharp small turn radius and great visibility for safety. Nice full audio range certainly doesn't hurt either. My favorite car I've owned yet"
25 people out of 41 found this review helpful
By bob on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great price and great mileage."
Cons: "some road noise and noisy tires."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great car for driving in congested traffic . . . peppy, but not a lion. I really loved having it for these past eight years. New tires all around about 5000 miles ago. No mechanical problems and excellent mileage - 32-34 MPG."
14 people out of 31 found this review helpful