2012 Scion xB Review
The 2012 Scion xB has poor fuel economy for the class, but reviewers think its impressive tech features and ample passenger and cargo space help compensate for this fault.
The angular 2012 Scion xB is certainly stylish, but if you're looking for great fuel economy, the xB comes up short. While it contributes to poor gas mileage, the xB’s boxy shape does make it one of the most spacious and utilitarian models in the class. Adults will be comfortable in the front or back seats of the xB, and with the rear seats folded, the xB has enough cargo space to compete with compact SUVs. In addition to plenty of interior space, the xB offers technology that is impressive for the class. Bluetooth, a USB port and a Pioneer stereo, which are often optional features, are standard.
In addition to style and practicality, the xB is also safe and very reliable. It’s a 2012 Insurance Institute for Highway Top Safety Pick, which should give parents who will let their teens drive the xB some peace of mind. The xB also receives high reliability scores from J.D. Power and Associates, which contributes to its high placement in the rankings.
Fuel economy ratings aside, test drivers think the xB is great for both the young and young at heart who want a car with hip styling, a spacious interior and a lot of technology features.
Other Cars to Consider
If you like the xB's square look, check out the Nissan Cube. Like the xB, the Cube has a quirky, boxy exterior that stands out in the class, and many shoppers may find its lower base price and higher fuel economy ratings compared with the xB appealing. Keep in mind, however, that the Cube has less cargo space.
While the xB is practical for hauling people and cargo, its poor fuel economy ratings for the class will make the Honda Fit a more affordable pick for some shoppers. The Fit is less expensive than the xB and is one of the roomiest hatchbacks on the market, though it has less overall space compared with the xB. Reviewers say there is plenty of space for four passengers and that the Fit’s versatile Magic Seat that flips different ways makes storing many types of cargo a breeze.
Details: Scion xB
This year, the 2012 Scion xB, which is available in one trim, gains standard HD radio, Bluetooth and a Pioneer stereo system.
See the full list of 2012 Scion xB specs.
- "Scion's iconic ‘box’ is practical and refined, but the xB is not the fuel sipper it once was. Some of its former quirkiness is gone, but it remains a practical, ‘edgy’ alternative to more-traditional small cars and SUVs, and an excellent pick in this class." -- Consumer Guide
- "Of course saying ‘Scion xB’ and ‘family vehicle’ in the same sentence is like mentioning Barry Manilow and Ke$ha in the same breath. But rest assured, for those who are so hip they're square, the xB still has undeniable appeal." -- Edmunds
- "More low-rider wagon than CUV, the 2012 Scion xB shines with its impressive build quality, strong resale, good fuel economy and feature-rich equipment list. It also shines brightly with aftermarket tuners and the SEMA crowd who can't seem to resist messing with a good thing." -- Kelley Blue Book