The 2014 Scion xD is now an accepted and pretty much unnoticed shape on the roads. Most of the newer minicars and subcompacts--the Fiat 500, the Ford Fiesta, even the new Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio pair--have emphasized shape as a way to stand out. Not the little xD. It doesn't look ancient, but there's nothing that makes it stand out any longer.
From the outside, the look starts with a bulldog-blunt front end that leads into a squared-up stance. It conveys toughness, even menace, assisted by larger-than-usual wheels that go all the way up to 18 inches and barely fit inside the wheel wells. The xD sits upright and square, and the spoiler at the top of the tailgate reminds some of an athletic shoe. It's hardly the Fiesta's European dash or the Fiat 500's cuteness, let's say.
The interior too is both upright and chunky. A gauge cluster mounted on the steering column uses graphics that resemble a clock face, moving when the driver tilts the steering column. The rest of the instrument panel evokes the old, tough, hard-plastic SUVs, with an upright wall of hard plastic that blends uneasily with both matte and glossy trim finishes through the rest of the cabin.