2014 Scion xB Overview
- New standard stereo with a 6.1-inch touchscreen
- Seats five
- 22/28 mpg city/highway
The 2014 Scion xB remains one of the most easily distinguishable cars on the road today, with its boxy appearance and ample headroom. It competes with like-shaped people movesrs like the Nissan Cube and Kia Soul.
For 2014, the xB adds a new stereo that comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen that houses the audio controls. Also newly available is Aha-based smartphone integration, which comes with the optional BeSpoke premium audio system. Aha is an app based utility that uses your smartphone to open up the possibilities of in-car infotainment, with a vast array of radio stations and other utilities, all accessible through the audio system.
While the xB’s footprint is small, its height means that the interior feels anything but crowded. This latest generation of xB lacks the boxiness of the original, with more curves and a smoother overall appearance. Last year, Scion gave the xB a few styling changes including a restyled front bumper and added LED accent lights.
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.
Standard safety features in the 2013 xB include all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact and side curtain airbags, electronic stability system, and traction control.