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2014 Scion xD Review

The 2014 Scion xD ranks well in its class, thanks to a wealth of standard features and excellent safety scores. Still, it trails its rivals on the performance front, with tepid highway power, vague handling, and a rough ride on bumpy roads.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard features
  • Top-notch safety scores
  • Sluggish acceleration on highway
  • Dull handling and wavering ride quality




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 10.0
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2014 Scion xD Overview

Is the 2014 Scion xD a Good Used Car?

If you’re looking for basic transportation that doesn’t skimp on safety or standard features, the Scion xD should be your go-to model in the subcompact car class. However, those concerned with performance should consider one of the xD’s sportier competitors, like the Ford Fiesta or Kia Rio. They both offer better road manners, more power, and greater fuel efficiency than the xD.

Used 2014 Scion xD Performance and Interior

The xD comes standard with a 128-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. A four-speed automatic transmission is also available, but it fails to make the most of the xD’s limited power. Acceleration is sufficient from a stop, but there’s little gusto for climbing hills and passing on the highway.

Roadway imperfections transfer easily into the cabin. The brakes provide good stopping power, but the xD’s handling is overly light and lacks the sure-footedness of other subcompacts. At 27 mpg in the city and 32-33 mpg on the highway (depending on the transmission), the xD’s fuel economy is below average for a subcompact car.

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Although the xD’s cabin consists of hard plastics, it doesn’t appear cheap. As a five-door, five-seat hatchback, the xD offers plenty of headroom in both rows. Still, there’s not a lot of legroom up front, making it more difficult for tall drivers to get comfortable. The xD lacks a telescoping steering wheel, further impeding driver comfort. The rear seats provide abundant legroom and can recline. They offer two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. Cargo space is adequate at 10.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and so-so at 35.7 cubic feet with the seats folded. 

Few subcompact cars serve up a standard features list as lengthy as the xD’s. All models come with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, a six-speaker Pioneer audio system, Bluetooth for phone calls and audio streaming, a USB port, HD Radio, cruise control, and air conditioning. Some used xDs may have the available Bespoke audio system, remote start, or a security alarm. The cabin’s audio and climate controls are large and high up on the dash, making them easy to use.

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Used 2014 Scion xD Prices

A 2014 xD with a manual transmission has an average price of around $10,900. A model with the automatic transmission costs a little more on average – about $11,400. Various factors can make the price drop or increase, including location, condition, mileage, and demand.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Scion xD?

The 2014 Scion xD has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is better than the average score of three.

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How Safe Is the xD?

The 2014 xD earned the highest score of Good in four crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Standard safety equipment includes the basics, like airbags, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. The xD lacks a rearview camera and other active safety features.

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Should I Consider Another Used xD?

Scion introduced the xD for 2008 and discontinued it at the conclusion of the 2014 model year. For 2013, the xD received refreshed interior and exterior styling, an available Bespoke audio system, and a uniquely stylized limited edition trim. For 2014, the xD received a standard touch-screen display. If these updates aren’t important to you, consider purchasing an older xD to save some money.

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Which Used Scion xD Is Right for Me?

There’s only one trim of the xD. Available amenities are limited, including only an automatic transmission, a Bespoke audio system, remote start, and a security alarm.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. Scion provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all CPO vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Scion must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Scion warranty page carefully.

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2014 Scion xD and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion xD or 2014 Toyota Yaris?

Available as either a sedan or hatchback, the Toyota Yaris offers a higher reliability rating, a smoother ride, and more cargo space behind the rear seats than the xD. Neither the xD nor the Yaris has ample power for highway passing or sporty handling for tackling quick turns. Still, both vehicles boast similar interior dimensions. The xD and Yaris have similar prices, but the xD has higher safety scores. The xD also offers more standard features, including power windows, a touch-screen display, and cruise control. Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with either model.

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion xD or 2014 Scion xB?

Compared to the xD, the larger Scion xB offers more rear-seat and cargo space (up to about 70 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats folded). However, the xB has a higher average price and costs more in fuel annually than the xD. Both Scion models lack passing punch on the highway. Also, they have so-so handling, overly light steering, and an occasionally stiff ride. Still, you’ll find a similar assortment of standard and available features in both models. If you need more space – and don’t mind sacrificing fuel economy a bit – go for the xB.

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