2014 Scion xD

Pros: Competitive prices; reasonably quiet on the highway for a subcompact; good maneuverability; laudable fuel economy; simple control layout

Cons: Antiquated 4-speed automatic transmission—most rivals have 5- or 6-speed automatics; other subcompacts offer optional equipment that xD doesn’t; ride can be harsh over sharp bumps

CG Says: For 2014, Scion’s subcompact 4-door hatchback gets a standard touchscreen audio system, and the available premium audio system gets Aha-based smartphone integration and navigation functionality. 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.

2014 Scion xD Two Tone