Scion xB Review
The 2013 Scion xB ranks 21 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Scion xB, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2013 Scion xB is ranked:
The 2013 Scion xB has a spacious cabin and a comfortable ride, but many rivals offer more modern transmission choices and earn better fuel economy estimates.
Critics say the 2013 Scion xB isn’t especially fun to drive, but they also note that its four-cylinder engine should provide adequate power for most drivers. On the downside, some reviewers say that both the manual and automatic transmission choices are a gear or two short of the transmissions found in many rivals, which some say hurts not only the xB’s performance, but its fuel economy. At 22/28 mpg city/highway, the xB’s fuel economy estimates are low for the class. Most critics say that the xB has a comfortable ride and strong brakes.
Test drivers say the xB’s interior offers great seating and cargo space. They report that the xB’s cabin materials are fairly hard to the touch, but don’t seem too displeased given the xB’s price point. The xB comes standard with a six-speaker Pioneer stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio and a USB port. A number of interior and exterior accessories are available through Scion’s dealer network, including a BeSpoke stereo upgrade that adds navigation and allows you to stream Internet radio through a smartphone.
- "Scion's iconic ‘box’ is practical and refined, but goes a little heavy on gas for its size and power. It's not as quirky as the original model, but the shape makes it a practical, ‘hip’ alternative to more-traditional small cars and crossovers." -- Consumer Guide
- "The xB 5-door hatchback isn't made for off-highway use and doesn't have the most powerful engine out there, but what it continues to do well is pack a lot of space in a small package. The xB also retains its youthful attitude, strong resale value, and the quality build that comes from having Toyota as Scion's parent." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The xB's basic boxy design, which this compact wagon has largely lived on since its introduction nearly a decade ago, still serves the same purpose: providing lots of usable interior space in a funky-looking package." -- Edmunds
Other Cars to Consider
The 2013 Kia Soul is another hatchback with boxy styling and lots of standard features. While it doesn’t have nearly as much overall cargo capacity as the xB, the Soul achieves better fuel economy ratings.
The 2013 Volkswagen Golf is well-liked by reviewers for its refined handling, upscale interior and fuel-efficient diesel engine option. Like the xB, the Golf earns a great safety score for the class.
Details: 2013 Scion xB
The 2013 Scion xB is a five-door hatchback that seats five and has front-wheel drive. It is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Two trims are offered: base and 10 Series. The 10 Series is new for 2013. The xB was last redesigned in 2008. Since it hasn’t changed much since then, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as 2013.