2.8 Overall Score
Performance 2.9 Comfort 2.9 Styling 2.4 Value 3.1

Editor's Overview

The 2014 Scion xD is a small hatchback with good interior space, respectable fuel economy and a history of reliability and high resale value. That said, the xD is showing its age, especially amid fresher and more fuel-efficient competitors such as the Kia Rio 5-door, Nissan Versa Note and Fiat 500L.

You'll Like The 2014 Scion xD If...

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.

You May Not Like The 2014 Scion xD If...

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.

What's New

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.

Interior Features

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 Features

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

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.

Pricing Notes

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.

Notable Equipment

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.

Notable Options

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.

Favorite Features

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.

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.

1.8-liter inline-4

128 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

125 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 mpg

Editors' Notes

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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Base model includes Pioneer radio, stereo speakers, arm rest, automatic windows.

2014 Scion xD 5dr HB Man (Natl)

My Scion xD is an awesome car! Of course it is made by Toyota so we know that it will have reliability and Longevity. It is currently at 110,000 miles. I took it in to have maintenance work done on it including flushing the transmission and making sure the brakes were good for a long road trip I was doing this summer for vacation, and not a lot of work had to be done because they said it was almost like new still! This car is treated me well through the years. One of the reasons I got it was because it was a manual transmission. It is really hard to find those still. The value for the money for this car was amazing and it's paid off and I'm hoping to keep it for the next several years. I do feel safe in it, and it also has Bluetooth radio and a Pioneer radio which was a huge factor in my decision to buy the car at the time. I love my music, podcasts, and listen to it while I drive!

- Ruby G

How gas friendly it is and to keep in mind it used synthetic oil.

2014 Scion xD

My vehicle is gas efficient and easy to maneuver into that spaces. I appreciate the music player and easy to access dashboard lights that turn on if my car tires have low air or anything to do with maintenance. What I dislike is how many new cars have a rear view mirror safety feature to dim the sun light or high beams of other cars and mines doesn't have it. Also I highly dislike the amount of plastic on my dashboard because of the cancer causing properties labeled on my Manual. I also with my sun visor could extend with a retractable piece that comes out of it because mine are tiny. Hardly covering anything.

- Jessica S

Scion 4d hatchback a good fit for single driver.

2014 Scion xD

I have a charcoal scion 4d hatchback, perfect for me to haul groceries with the back seats up, or even furniture with the seats folded down. My car was purchased with only 24, 000 miles on it less than 1 year ago. I have almost put 10, 000 on it, driving all over southeast Texas. I enjoy the strong air conditioning system, the Bluetooth and Panasonic sound system, the comfortable bucket seats and ample leg room even for my 5’ 10” size. It is surprisingly roomy for such a small compact car, but it is diminutive size makes it easy to navigate even in traffic. I really feel that I was lucky to find it.

- Betty M

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