Consumer Reviews Summary
11 of 11 (100%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Scion xB Overview
The boxy 2013 Scion xB competes with other compact people movers like the Nissan Cube and Kia Soul, that offer plenty of headroom and cargo room on a small platform.
There are two ways a city can grow to fit more people: it can sprawl out like Los Angeles or it can build up like New York. The same thing is true about cars and instead of growing longer or wider, the xB is taller which means plenty of interior space and some unique styling. Scion redesigned the xB several years ago which took away some of its boxiness, added a few curves, and called it a day. For 2013, the xB gets a restyled front bumper and also adds the LED accent lights which are en vogue these days, as well as a gloss black lower front grille.
Under the hood is a 158-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 162 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, with a four-speed automatic also available. The front-wheel drive xB gets decent, but not great fuel economy at 22/28 mpg city/highway.
The xB’s interior is as uniquely styled as its exterior, with the instrument panel moved from in front of the driver up to the top of the dashboard, similar to what you’d find in a Toyota Prius minus the LCD screens. This setup divides the dash into two tiers, with the second tier holding the audio system and the climate controls found below that on the center console. Standard features include USB/iPod port, 60/40-split folding rear seat, air conditioning, cruise control, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. New for 2013 is a BeSpoke premium stereo that offers HD Radio and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as an iPhone app that offers access to features like Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp.
Standard safety features in the 2013 xB include all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact and side curtain airbags, electronic stability system, and traction control.