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in Affordable Small Cars

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

Like most subcompacts, auto writers note that the 2014 Scion xD has a simple interior design with budget materials, but they say that it’s well-constructed and doesn’t look flimsy or cheap. Tall drivers and passengers may feel cramped in the front, reviewers say, adding that it may be hard to get comfortable without a telescoping steering wheel. There’s enough headroom in all seats, test drivers note, and the back seat offers plenty of legroom. Audio and climate controls are clearly labeled and easy to use, reviewers say.

  • "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.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior is sea of budget-grade plastics but that's expected for the price and it doesn't look cut-rate. Assembly quality is generally good." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Within its cabin, the xD boasts a cool, minimalist look colored in shades of dark gray with lots of matte-finish metal." -- Edmunds (2012)

Seating

The xD comes with front bucket sport seats and a tilt steering wheel. Test drivers say there’s plenty of headroom in all seats thanks to the cabin’s tall ceiling. However, front passengers may find there’s not enough legroom, they say, adding that the lack of a telescoping steering wheel may make it hard for drivers to get comfortable. Most reviewers agree that the back seat is roomy thanks to reclining seats and ample legroom.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seating position is very upright, and taller drivers might suffer from a shortage of legroom, not to mention a steering column that tilts but doesn't telescope. Headroom is generous, though, and rear passengers will enjoy ample space thanks to a reclining seatback and sliding seat bottom.” -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The driver's seat lacks height adjustment, and taller folks may want more headroom and legroom. Some testers complain the seats aren't comfortable due to spongy, insubstantial seat padding. Tall occupants might also wish for longer seat cushions for proper thigh support." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 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 options are available, including a premium BeSpoke audio system with navigation, a remote engine starter and a security system.

Test drivers say that the xD’s audio and climate controls are conveniently placed and simple to use.

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  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "High-mounted audio and climate controls are easy to reach and decipher." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Entertainment and climate controls are arranged logically on the center stack and flow down to a nesting space for phones and iPods (with a USB port close by)." -- Edmunds (2013)

Cargo

The xD offers 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 35.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. That’s more overall cargo space than in small hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark and Mini Cooper Clubman. However, reviewers say that with the rear seats in use, there’s only enough space for a few shopping bags. There are a lot of interior storage compartments, they note, though some say they are quite small.

  • "Despite its compact dimensions, the xD features a profusion of storage cubbies, boxes, trays and hidden compartments for your mobile life." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The large cargo area has underfloor bins, but with the rear seats up and pushed back, there's only room for a few grocery bags. Scion provides plenty of slots and pockets, but some of them are too small to be useful." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The xD stiffs you on cargo space, since its 35.7 cubic feet falls short of that offered by most rivals; the Honda Fit, for example, offers 57 cubes." -- Edmunds (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/19/14

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