2012 Scion xB

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$16,300

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Wagon

Body style

24

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

167.3” x 63.4”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Four-cylinder power
  • Automatic- and manual-transmission performance
  • Lively handling
  • Roomy backseat
  • Impressive list of standard features

The bad:

  • Analog gauges hard to read at a glance
  • Sun visors don't cover side windows
  • Tire noise on highway

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Standard MP3 player connectivity
  • Numerous Scion accessories available for personalization
  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Newly standard Bluetooth connectivity

2012 Scion xB review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Scion xB is among the boxiest vehicles on the road, and it competes against models like the Nissan Cube and Kia Soul. Power comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels through a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

New for 2012
Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming is newly standard and joins new base and premium stereos.

Exterior
At 167 inches, the xB is about 10 inches longer than the Cube. Styling changes last year included a new honeycomb grille, headlights and taillights for what Scion said was a more aggressive look. Despite the styling tweaks, the xB retained its now-familiar small-box silhouette. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Standard chrome exhaust tip
  • Standard power side mirrors with turn-signal indicators


Interior

The xB has a center-mounted speedometer that some find hard to read. The gauges are red, which is easy on the eyes at night but hard to see during the day. Scion says a recently added black gauge background should help. Beyond that, the interior is fairly standard, with a generous amount of cargo room when the rear seat is folded. Interior features include:

  • Standard iPod connectivity and MP3 jack
  • Standard 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls

Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard. It makes 158 horsepower and 162 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional four-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift provision

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • Electronic stability system and traction control

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best Bang for the Buck

I like horse power but I don't want to give up reliability. My 2012 9.0 RS Scion xB fits the bill. ( By the way they only come in Hot Lava color ) Bought it two years ago, and since then it's never failed to start & run. I always keep it well maintained, and I've had three dealerships offer to buy it from me, ( so they can sell it for thousands more) it has 135k miles which is just breaking a Toyota/Scion in. My only complaint is: I wish Toyota put in the 180hp 2.5 Camry motor in it - it has the 2.4 158hp motor stock. I can chirp the tires off the line, it's so quick down low, but mid range and up high its average. Lord Willing I plan on keeping it. Next car will be as reliable and a little faster. Hard to find anything better than the xB in that regard..

5.0

Awesome practicality and power!

Flat out the most practical vehicle ever. Perfect for family, student, heavy load., surfer car, great stereo , this is the perfect car. Got about 22-25 to the gallon forever, had all it soil changes and services up to 90,000 miles

5.0

This car made me a millionaire

OK, so I use this car more like a work truck for several several rentals. Super cheap to maintain means I have more cash for more rentals. This can easily tow my 4x8ft utility trailer which sees use about 3x/week. The heaviest load was 1600lbs of plaster debris (you weigh in/out at the landfill). 2.4L is a LARGE 4 cylinder. One of the biggest in any car, so lots of power for a small car. I wanted this as I was towing A LOT. Trash, yard waste, demo debris, new cabinets, drywall, flooring, anything. Super low maintenance and I work this car really REALLY hard. Use it weekly to cut grasses all over town. Bought it at $6k w/110k miles back in 2017 and now have 165k miles on it, Sept 2020. Only do oil changes every 10k miles (full synthetic). I have the cheapest insurance and put the cheapest gas in her and she always is up for the day's work. Or i could have blown $50k on a truck that would be much harder to maneuver in the city when I cut grass. I know this is true cause I bought a 2019 F150 last year. It's great but I do more work with this car. The truck means more in gas, more in insurance, more in tires, more space in garage, more more more more!! Wait until you're really established to buy one of those. It literally sits in the garage about 4 days/week. I've thought about Ubering in the winter but it's really dirty on the inside currently. Haven't cleaned it since a huge 400sqft Attic finishing job, complete gut of kitchen and bath at a different job, and a big 2nd story deck job. If this car were clean it's the perfect Uber car. Mods, $250 stereo with Apple carplay, satellite radio, trailer hitch. I used to own a 2005 xb and I think I liked that more, only cause of the better MPG. I used to get 32mpg always, now i'm about 27, 24 with the trailer. Seems ok in the snow. In mid-michigan we have about 4 days a year where I can't drive this, or well, shouldn't try to drive it.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Maintenance
24 months/25,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/unlimited distance

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