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  • (4.7) 33 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,988–$14,040
  • Body Style: Wagon
  • Combined MPG: 25
  • Engine: 158-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2012 Scion xB

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Scion xB

What We Don't Like

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

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 Reviews

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

4.7

Average based on 33 reviews

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Pretty Nice

by Bweiss1122 from Bangor, PA on November 6, 2017

I love the interior design. My exterior is a Dark Blue and the interior is all black. I love the black rims and the window tint(even though now I attract more cops). The pioneer radio and sound syste... Read Full Review

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2012 Scion xB Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Scion xB Base

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Scion xB Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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