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