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2012 Scion xB

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2012 Scion xB Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.5

The 2012 Scion xB hatchback is the rolling box that started the rolling box craze in America. Once looked at with raised eyebrows and quizzical glances, the 2012 Scion xB appears downright mainstream, especially when placed next to such competitors as the Nissan Cube and Kia Soul. In truth, the second generation 2012 Scion xB 5-door hatchback isn't as sharp edged as the first xB, and it has more power and interior room as well. More low-rider wagon than CUV, the 2012 Scion xB shines with its impressive build quality, strong resale, good fuel economy and feature-rich equipment list. It also shines brightly with aftermarket tuners and the SEMA crowd who can't seem to resist messing with a good thing.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need the kind of interior room and flexibility provided by a compact SUV, but you don't want the tall ride height or so-so fuel economy that comes with it, check out the 2012 Scion xB. Its simple car-like suspension and frugal 4-cylinder engine make it easy to live with, while its boxy design creates a huge cargo area.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need all-weather abilities like high ground clearance or AWD, the 2012 Scion xB hatchback can't help you out. If you want something fun and funky that can easily tackle a Nor'easter, try the Nissan Juke.

What's New for 2012

Changes for the 2012 Scion xB hatchback are limited to the addition of an upgraded Pioneer audio unit as standard equipment, and the availability of Bluetooth streaming audio. A new high-end Pioneer Premium audio unit is optional, replacing last year's Alpine radio.

Driving the xB

Driving Impressions If you're looking for something to tear up curvy mountain roads, the 2012 Scion xB hatchback isn't it. However, if you seek a comfortable ride, nimble handling and enough interior...

room to move the band and its gear, the 2012 Scion xB hatchback wagon will fit you like a glove. We like the way this Scion rolls, namely because its interior is pretty well insulated from outside road noise, and because its suspension does a nice job of absorbing rude road imperfections (also known as the San Diego Freeway). We readily admit the 2012 Scion xB's 158 horsepower engine doesn't thrill our enthusiast side, but it did make our boss happy owing to the few gas receipts we had to submit. The 2012 Scion xB hatchback's upright greenhouse and narrow tires make it feel a bit tippy in sharp curves, but we're pretty sure this is more an illusion than fact. To date, we've never come across a Scion xB on its back, wheels to the sky like some giant Japanese turtle. While we love the feeling of the manual shifter, we imagine most owners will opt for the four-speed automatic which, in a world of CVTs and 6-speed automatics, seems a bit antiquated.

Scion Accessories Catalog
With so many cool things to add to the 2012 Scion xB, one can easily push the price well beyond the $20,000 range. From audio, to suspension parts, to interior and exterior enhancements, the xB's accessories list is the ultimate car junky's play toy.

iPod Interface
Where many cars offer only an auxiliary audio input jack, the 2012 Scion xB also features a standard iPod interface. Plugging an iPod into this port allows it to be operated through the radio head unit. The plug also simultaneously supplies power to the iPod.

2012 Scion xB Details
Interior

The 2012 Scion xB hatchback's slab-sided interior panels make for the perfect hauling machine. Tall passengers both front and rear are welcome inside this compact hatchback wagon, while those with abnormally long legs will also rejoice. Fold the 2012 Scion xB's rear seats flat and you'll create nearly 70 cubic feet of cargo space. While this figure is statistically matched by some small crossover utility vehicles, their sloping roofs or small hatch opening limit what can fit inside. Toyota's interior presences can be felt in the Scion xB's hard, dull plastic parts and stark absence of color or playfulness. About the only original thing inside the 2012 Scion xB's interior is the clean dash with a controversial center-mounted instrument cluster. Available options, such as the Pioneer Premium Audio upgrade add a bit of color to the xB's dash as well as a rich sound to its cabin.

Exterior

The 2012 Scion xB hatchback masterfully combines blunt 90-degree angles with massaged edges to create a more fashion conscious bread box. Multi-reflector beam headlamp housings wrap around the xB's tall front fenders, and are separated by monochromatic grille and bumper combo. Moving to xB's rear reveals narrow side windows with dark privacy glass covering the rear door glass. The 2012 Scion xB's wide rear C-pillars create a look of solidity and strength, but they also create huge blind spots for the driver. Base models are admittedly boring, with no chrome fittings or cool looking wheels. Scion rightly builds the xB like this because they know its owners or going to drive it from the showroom to the custom shop, where paint, wheels and tires will be updated. For those who don't plan on dropping a few grand in aftermarket parts, Scion has a number of wheels, body kits and TRD accessories to allow you to customize your xB's look, then role the whole tab into your car loan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

With only one trim level, the 2012 Scion xB hatchback comes pre-loaded with many features that make it particularly attractive for the asking price. Inside, some of these features are air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a Pioneer audio system with six speakers, tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS), vehicle stability and traction controls and a first-aid kit. For music lovers, the lower dash houses an iPod interface and auxiliary audio input that allows song information and manipulation through the main unit via the steering-wheel audio controls. Gracing the exterior, a chrome exhaust tip and the choice of three wheel-cover designs are included as well.

Optional Equipment

Since the 2012 Scion xB hatchback comes with so many features already, many of the options are geared more toward personalizing the car. Such interesting options include color-customizable interior lights with matching cup-holder illumination, sport pedals, illuminated door-sill enhancements, in-pillar storage, a subwoofer, 17-inch alloy wheels and a color-keyed rear spoiler. There are a few more practical options that people may choose as well, such as carpeted floor and cargo mats, a navigation system, remote engine start, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, Pioneer Premium audio upgrade, fog lights and an auto-dimming mirror.

Under the Hood

The xB shares its 2.4-liter dual overhead-cam (DOHC) 4-cylinder engine with its Scion sibling, the tC. Buyers have the choice of a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic with sequential shifting. Both transmissions help the xB get good gas mileage, but not quite as good as the Nissan Cube and Kia Soul.

2.4-liter in-line 4
158 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28

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2012 Scion xB Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 270 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Best car I have ever owned

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car, fun to drive with Toyota reliability"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Lookd great in white

"My wife has a 2006 xB and it is such a great car I decided to replace my 2009 RAV4 with a new 2015 xB. This car has more room and cargo capacity than the RAV4 did and it drives and rides better and is quieter that then RAV4. Scion has improved this car every year since its introduction in 2008. It is now so quiet and smooth that it feels and sounds like a very expensive car. The sound system is great, better that my RAV4 which had the optional JBL sound. Gas mileage to date with only 1,000 miles on it has been better than advertised with 23 MPG city and 30 Highway. My wife and I are both over 65 and find the higher seating position makes entry and exit very easy. This car is a great dollar value and giving more for your money than many more expensive vehicles."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Lookd great in white

Huge Interior Great Price 29 MPG city and highway

By on Sunday, November 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Low Price, Roomy Interior, Unique Look"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Scion xB with aftermarket window tinting, fog lights, upgraded NAV unit

"Just purchased 2015 Scion xB and I am averaging 29.3 MPG for the first 3500 miles on the road. The vehicle is a manual transmission model. Not sure why others are reporting poor MPG. I live in the midwest with very few hills and I have a manual transmission so perhaps that might be the reason. Plenty of stop and go traffic and some highway driving and still achieve 29 MPG. I actually like the center gauges. At night I do not have the annoying gauge lights below me while viewing the road. It is quite easy on the eyes. Also the digital speedometer is a big plus over dial gauge. We place an iPad on the passenger side dash and lays there flat nicely. I am a 6'4" person and this vehicle is unbelievably roomy (headroom and leg room are stellar) even in the back seat. I initially was not keen on the boxy look of the vehicle but after tinting the windows and installing fog lights myself the exterior is very appealing. I have several comments on the look and the BIG interior. Reliability with Toyota Camry engine should be well above average. I do not observe the road noise as others have stated. I looked at a Kia Soul. You will be very disappointed in the interior size. Very small. Initial features of the car are not great. Get the vehicle for $17K with no options and then add aftermarket or the Toyota options yourself. I added fog lights, window tinting, and upgraded to apple car play receiver and navigation unit."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Scion xB with aftermarket window tinting, fog lights, upgraded NAV unit

This is a bullet proof box

By on Monday, October 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 211,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "very reliable efficient automobile; huge interior"

Cons: "rear sightlines are poor"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have just turned 211,000 on the odometer and have only changed brake pads and tires when needed. With regular maintenance, this vehicle refuses to break. About 40,000 miles ago, had a yen for a new car, but the Xb was running well, so invested in a "wall paper woody kit" from stripeman.com and it added a new personality. Design wise it is elegant in that it has everything you need packaged in an efficient configuration. Would gladly pay a few $K more for updated interior materials. Too bad 2015 is the last year for this model."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

119650 miles later and still strong (2008xb)

By on Friday, October 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,620

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great gas mileage/room and dependable"

Cons: "exterior shell is flimsy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car in 08 and parked the truck during the high gas prices of 2008. Started traveling as an ER RN across the country with it. Never had a breakdown/let down from it. Its not flashy but extremely dependable. exterior is flimsy and ive lost alot of the rubber exterior molding. It just flew off on the highway. Put some fresh plugs in it at 115000k and the motor returned new form! Very low maintenance vehicle. Love it. Its a great commuter car that fits in some tight places with ease. Looking at buying another scion in the near future"

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

If you like keeping it simple, buy it!

By on Friday, September 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Just a great car."

Cons: "Really, haven't found one yet."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is an excellent machine. We looked at the Kia Soul and were debating between the two. What made us buy the XB were the following: 1. Simplicity of the controls and dash. The odometer is easy to get used too. In fact, I now look there in my Sienna and Outback for the speed. I find it easier to use once you drive it a little. All the other controls are super simple to use and non-complicated. The Soul seemed very complicated and clustered. 2. The rear gate is wider and and I believe taller than the Soul. It lifts out of the way so you will not hit your head if you are tall (6'4" here). More cargo space is a huge advantage. You can easily fit 2 mountain bikes in the back with the necessary equipment for the day. 3. Interior space is tremendous. There is plenty of room for any size person in the front and back. The rear seats have vastly superior seating than the Soul. If you want to be cramped-up, go with the Soul. The front seating arrangement in both cars, are near the same with the edge to the XB. It just seemed a little more spacious even though the XB is 2 inches narrower. 4. Gas mileage has been near 29 miles per gallon on 87. I am not sure about the Soul as the government has forced them to adjust their mileage down do to overstating. 5. It is very simple to get in and out of both cars. In fact it almost scary on how easy it is. If this is a problem for you, look at either one of these cars. You will be very impressed. 6. Lastly, you have an airy feeling driving the car. Plenty of headroom. We have found limited blind spots and decent acceleration with the XB. Sort of like driving a go cart. It is relaxing and fun. We did buy the weathertech mats and they fit like a glove. My only negative about the car is that I am unable to drive it as much as I would like. My kids love it and are constantly using it. This simply is a great car in this price point."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Good car

By on Tuesday, September 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,555

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good driving car and easy to get into and out of."

Cons: "Used as taxis in cities lowers the trade in value"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have over 55k on my Scion XB and it is my wifes car. I get 29-30 mpg even in the heat of Arizona. It is a very easy car to get into and out of and is very good to drive. Value is not great. Have had no mechanical problems at all. Has started to give some rattles or two the the dealer fix under warranty. They are no longer made (Scion went to new models) so value will drop. I like the car alot because of the ease of driving it. My wife and I will drive this car for the next 5 years or so."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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