The 2014 Scion xD has a decent list of standard features, though it's not as comprehensive against the competition as it was in 2008 when the model first launched. Power windows, locks, and mirrors are standard, and so is air conditioning and cruise control. A trip computer is less novel now than it was seven years ago, and the same applies to the rear-window wiper.
This year, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display audio system becomes standard. That six-speaker, 160-watt Pioneer stereo comes standard with HD radio, a CD player that handles all disc formats, USB port with iPod connectivity, an auxiliary input jack, and two RCA inputs. Or you can move up to the optional BeSpoke Premium system, which includes a navigation system as well as more than 30,000 stations from streaming audio from the Aha platform that encompasses podcasts, Internet radio, audio books, and other online content. Its seven-inch display will handle DVDs and iPod video input.
There are also dozens of customization options available through dealers, which is a Scion trademark. More than 40 accessories and upgrades can be fitted, as can literally hundreds of aftermarket parts. The performance accessories sold by Toyota's TRD brand—especially mechanical upgrades like shorter springs, quick-shift kits, and larger brakes--will help compensate for the car's lackluster handling, at the expense of ride comfort.
But most of the add-ons are cosmetic, offering each Scion xD buyer the chance to build a combination that may just be unique. And the bottom line for the upgrades can add up quickly, and likely won't be reflected in resale value.