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MSRP: $15,920 - $16,720
Invoice: $15,124 - $15,884
MPG: 27 City / 33 Hwy
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Scion xD Review

The 2014 Scion xD ranks 25 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Scion xD, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Scion xD is ranked:

Reviewers say the 2014 Scion xD is a peppy commuter car with a nice price, but rivals offer better fuel economy, roomier cabins and sportier handling.

Test drivers say the 2014 Scion xD darts around town with surprising quickness, but it struggles to climb hills and pass at highway speeds. Reviewers say the xD’s standard five-speed manual transmission makes good use of the engine’s power, but they’re less enthusiastic about the available four-speed automatic, saying it’s not as refined as the transmissions found in rival cars. With either transmission, the xD gets an EPA-estimated 27/33 mpg city/highway, which is low for a subcompact car. Test drivers report that the ride is generally comfy, the steering is responsive and the xD is easy to maneuver in tight spaces, but they point out that the xD isn’t very fun behind the wheel and offers little in the way of driver engagement.

Most subcompacts have basic interiors and the xD is no exception, auto writers note. However they say that finely-grained plastics and quality construction give the cabin a pleasing look. Reviewers find there’s enough headroom in all seats and plenty of legroom in the rear. However, they note that the front seats offer little in the way of legroom and the steering wheel doesn’t telescope, making it difficult for drivers to tailor their position. The xD comes with a six-speaker Pioneer CD audio system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, an auxiliary jack, a USB port, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and keyless entry. A number of dealer-installed accessories are available, including a premium audio system with navigation and a remote engine starter. The xD’s audio and climate controls are clearly labeled and easy to use, reviewers say.

  • “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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The xD offers a host of standard amenities not expected in an entry-level subcompact. It shares the practical, utilitarian nature of its xB sibling but with less space and more-conventional styling. Given the newer, more accomplished competition, the xD's biggest appeal is its price." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Style and a long list of optional accessories make the 2013 Scion xD a youthful hit, but other cars in its class provide greater utility and fun." -- Edmunds (2013)

Other Cars to Consider

The Kia Soul has a slightly lower starting price, and reviewers say it has ample cargo and passenger room. The Soul is also available with features the xD doesn’t offer, including a backup camera and a panoramic sunroof.

Test drivers are impressed with the Chevrolet Spark’s intuitive tech features and roomy cabin, and they say it’s easy to maneuver in tight spaces. It’s also less expensive than the xD and gets considerably better gas mileage.

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Details: 2014 Scion xD

The 2014 Scion xD seats five and has a four-cylinder engine and a standard five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission is available. The xD has not changed much since it was introduced for the 2008 model year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 to 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 1/16/14

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