2013 Scion xB

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$16,970

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2013 Scion xB
2013 Scion xB

Key specs

Base trim shown

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

  • Restyled bumpers
  • Available BeSpoke stereo with iPhone integration
  • Numerous Scion personalization accessories available
  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic transmission

2013 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 2013
The xB gets a restyled front bumper with LED accent lights and a gloss-black lower grille while the rear bumper integrates a new diffuser. Inside, there are new light bronze metallic and chrome accents as well as new seat fabric.

A BeSpoke Premium stereo is also available for 2013. It provides HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, iTunes tagging and Pandora internet radio via a connected, compatible iPhone. The stereo also works with the BeSpoke iPhone app that consolidates features like Facebook, Twitter and Yelp.

Exterior
At 167 inches, the xB is about 10 inches longer than the Cube. Despite styling updates over the years, the xB retains 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 LED turn-signal indicators
  • Front LED accent lights

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. 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 with recline feature
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls

Under the HoodA 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

SafetyStandard 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 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

It seems to be a car i will be able to depend on.

So far i feel it was a wise purchase. The car is very clean inside and outside. Mileage is low for a car of this year. Love the color and the overall design of the Scion. I am glad i showed up at the car lot when i did it very well may have been gone if i had been a day later. Thanks to everyone at Superior Kia for making sure my buying process went very smoothly.

5.0

Most reliable car I’ve ever own.

Best car ever. Plenty of run in the back and trunk for family trips and projects. Perfect for long commute, great on gas. I highly recommend it, and can’t wait for Toyota to start making this car again in 2021.

5.0

Wish I could give it 10 stars

I have owned this car TEN years in December. I am in as love with it today as I was in December 2010. 2009 model Never has had a single mechanical problem....EVER. Tires and brakes, batteries and regular maintenance is about it. Total repair costs in 10 years is $88. That's a coil pack, a battery terminal, and the radiator overflow tube that I broke. Pluses! Interior room is exceptional for a small car. Ride is good and handles well. Comfortable on long ride and good for tall guys. Love the styling too. Easy to get in and out of. Peppy engine. Just an all around fun car to drive. CONS: Few nitpicky things. Road noise is UNBEARABLE, but I deal with it. I'm about to remedy that. Stupid center console and that dumb little armrest on the 08-10 models. Swapped that to a later one. Dumb single reverse light. Also improved on later ones. Single intermittent wiper setting is annoying because it's either too fast or slow. Changed to Prius one with several speeds. also, the later ones don't have the temp gauge the older ones did. That was supposed to be an upgrade? The carpet on the back of the seats, and the floor for that matter is utter GARBAGE. The back of the seats grabs every dog hair that fell out of your dog, and you can't vacuum it out with the suction of a black hole. They will be there for eternity. Major...major cheap. It does however have the oil consumption issue that's common with this engine in the older ones, and now at 200k it's consuming about a quart every 700 miles. It doesn't leak. It doesn't smoke, and it doesn't foul plugs. It runs perfectly. As good as ever. I keep an eye on the oil level and keep rolling. By far the best car I have EVER owned. Nothing else comes close. I'll replace or rebuild the engine soon and keep on rolling. I have no plans to sell it anytime soon.

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