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.
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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.
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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 the xD
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.
CONVENIENT STORAGE Despite its small exterior dimensions, the xD features a profusion of storage cubbies, boxes, trays and hidden compartments for your mobile life.
2014 Scion xD Details
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.
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.
Under the Hood
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.
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.
"I drive 110 miles per day for a commute. Road noise requires a bit louder volume than I would like to use. Cruise control features are really efficient. For a compact car, this has a pretty smooth ride. It is deceptively roomy for a compact. Can handle 2 golf bags without folding the seats down. Gets reliably 30-38 mpg depending on type of driving."
Cons: "No remote start or heated seats available."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've had this car for five and a half years with next to no issues other than the windshield washer pump going. It's extremely practical and lugs tons of cargo and is versatile. The mileage around town is about 33/gallon and the few long distance rides I've taken usually range around 37/38. There is an issue with wind vibration when just the rear windows are open and that can be annoying as well as painful but that's about the only negative I have with the design. Is it a luxury car? Absolutely not. But it's extremely practical and the most fun car I've driven in years. To be fair, I was not impressed with the performance of the automatic."