2013 Scion xB

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Scion xB. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Scion xB

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 connec...
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

 


Latest 2013 xB Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Scion xb for young family of three

by Adventurous family guy from California on August 13, 2018

I am 21 I have my wife and my 2 year old son and I had an old mustang and we obviously needed more space, I was looking into sedans but me being an outdoor guy I wanted a truck or an SUV but didn't ... Read full review

(5.0)

2013 SAcion XB

by edwardwelch from Phoenix on August 11, 2018

Third one I owned, Don't but a Stick if you live in the City. Gear Ration alway's have you netween 3rd and 4th Gear. Returned it in a week. Automatic Great and have never had a issue yet. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Scion xB currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Scion xB Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Scion

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, lease available, rental car, travel protection, vehicle history report and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The xB received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker