Scion xB Review
The 2015 Scion xB ranks 29 out of 42 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 2015 Scion xB is ranked:
Though the 2015 Scion xB accelerates slowly at highway speeds and delivers disappointing fuel economy, it offers an impressive amount of space for passengers and cargo, according to critics.
The 2015 xB comes with a four-cylinder engine, and reviewers say it has lively acceleration in the city but insufficient power for highway passing. They add that the optional automatic transmission shifts slowly and the standard manual is difficult to shift smoothly. With either transmission, the 2015 xB earns 22/28 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA. That is a poor fuel economy estimate for a compact car. Reviewers say the Scion xB has a noisy, stiff ride and isn't particularly nimble at higher speeds. However, they say that its handling is composed overall, and they think it offers responsive steering and strong brakes.
The 2015 Scion xB has one of the most spacious cargo areas in the class, and auto writers report that its interior has ample space for four tall adults. Critics note that the controls on the xB's dashboard are simple, as is its overall interior design. However, they say the center-mounted gauge cluster is difficult to read and that the xB's materials seem cheap compared to the materials in rival cars. They also write that the xB's thick rear roof pillars make it difficult to see out of the back of the car. An infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a six-speaker Pioneer audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio input, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and HD Radio are standard. A BeSpoke stereo system, smartphone integration and navigation are available as dealer-installed accessories.
- "Now in its second generation, the latest Scion xB hatchback trades a measure of the original's funky style for increased practicality and cargo space. While it can't match the fuel economy of more modern competitors, the xB does offer a high level of utility in an inexpensive and compact package." -- Left Lane News
- "The 2015 Scion xB is a capable compact people mover and cargo hauler that is surprisingly spacious and easily customized. Fuel economy and drivability are lackluster, however." -- Edmunds
- "The days are long gone where the Scion xB could be considered revolutionary. Today, it faces stiff competition from the Kia Soul and Honda Fit, and without the option of all-wheel drive (AWD), it can't hold a candle to newer compact crossover SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
The Kia Soul has a similar boxy shape to the xB, but it has even more cargo space, better fuel economy and costs less. Reviewers like its first-rate cabin materials, spacious seats and comfortable ride.
Test drivers write that the Chevrolet Sonic hatchback has sharp handling, a strong optional turbocharged engine and spacious rear seats. The Sonic also has a large cargo area for the class, and it gets better fuel economy than the xB.
Details: 2015 Scion xB
The 2015 Scion xB is a five-seat hatchback that comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is optional. The xB is available in one trim level. The main change for 2015 is the addition of a standard rearview camera. However, the xB hasn't been fully redesigned since 2008, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 through 2015 model years.