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2013 Scion xB

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2013 Scion xB Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.4

The Scion xB is the vehicle that started the rolling-box renaissance a decade ago. Now, nearly 10 years after its introduction and five since its last major revamp, the xB is starting to show its age while competing with vehicles such as the Kia Soul and Nissan Cube. In addition to those fresher rivals, the xB faces stiff competition from scads of crossovers such as the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. The xB 5-door hatchback isn't made for off-highway use and doesn't have the most powerful engine out there, but what it continues to do well is pack a lot of space in a small package. The xB also retains its youthful attitude, strong resale value, and the quality build that comes from having Toyota as Scion's parent.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want the interior room and versatility that comes with a compact SUV but not the tall ride height or marginal fuel economy that often comes with them, check out the 2013 Scion xB. The xB also appeals to the tuner set and those who like to customize their ride with distinctive wheels and body work.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need all-wheel drive for extra traction in foul weather or the ability to tow, look to one of the many competent compact SUVs out there, such as the xB's cousin the Toyota RAV4. The Kia Soul, meanwhile, has a fresher powertrain, lower starting price and longer warranty.

What's New for 2013

For 2013 the Scion xB receives minor exterior and interior tweaks that include a redesigned front bumper and new seat fabric. Available as an option is the BeSpoke Premium Audio system that is compatible with iPhones and can run apps such as Facebook and Yelp, and stream Internet radio stations.

Driving the xB

Driving Impressions The 2013 Scion xB is neither a tarmac burner nor mountain-road carver, but it's relatively comfortable and nimble, and – because of its compact size – easy to park. The...

Scion xB is front-wheel drive, and its sole engine is a 4-cylinder. The engine's 158 horsepower is adequate for getting this carryall up to speed, and fuel economy of 22 mpg city/28 highway are pretty good, but not quite as high as what you can get from a Cube, Soul, or Mini Cooper Clubman. In a world of 6-speed automatic transmissions and CVTs, the xB's 4-speed automatic is antiquated. A 5-speed manual is also available, and it's enjoyable to use. We appreciate that the xB is well insulated from road noise. Its suspension does a good job soaking up road imperfections. A height-adjustable seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel, meanwhile, help drivers of various shapes and sizes find a suitable position behind the wheel.

ROOMINESS
The idea behind a boxy vehicle is the same as, well, as box: Sharp angles maximize interior space, and thus what you can put in it. If you regularly carry passengers in the rear seat, they'll appreciate ample room in the xB. Or, fold the rear seats and presto – you've got SUV-like storage space for your gear.

CUSTOMIZABILITY
Scion's lineup is aimed at more youthful drivers, and that demographic takes particular care in making sure they stand out. Why should their car be any different? With that in mind, Scion offers numerous options for personalization, from carbon fiber window trim to hardware from Toyota's TRD performance division.

2013 Scion xB Details
2013 Scion xB photo Interior

Despite the 2013 xB's tidy exterior dimensions, there's no lacking for interior space thanks. If you or your friends are tall, all parties should feel at ease in the xB. When not holding your buddies, the Scion's 3-person rear seat folds in a 60/40 split to open up a tremendous amount of cargo space – nearly 70 cubic feet. Back up front, controls are simple to see and use. There's little complexity here: If you want to adjust the fan to blow warm air on your feet, you can do it in about two seconds. With lots of hard plastic material and flat, simple surfaces, you won't confuse the xB for a Lexus. One interesting visual is the gauge cluster mounted at the top center of the dash.

Exterior
2013 Scion xB photo

Hunkered and squat, the xB is more like a low-rider wagon than the typical utility vehicle. With its blunt 90-degree angles and massaged edges, the 2013 Scion xB is akin to a rolling bread box. Above the high and broad side doors are windows whose blocky shape mimics that of the xB as a whole. The xB's wide C-pillars just aft of the darkened rear windows convey a powerful image in the aesthetic sense, but in the pragmatic one create blind spots. Along with the redesigned front bumper for 2013 xB models come a glossy black grille and LED accent lighting.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Scion xB comes in just one major trim level and with a choice of manual or automatic transmission, making the selection process simple. Thankfully this car is pretty well equipped for the price. All xB models come with remote keyless entry, cruise control, and power windows. The standard audio system has six speakers and a 160-watt Pioneer AM/FM/CD player with HD Radio, USB/auxiliary inputs, and Bluetooth compatibility. On the safety front, the xB has traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and a bounty of airbags. Also included with new xB models is complimentary maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles and two years of roadside assistance.

Optional Equipment

Most options for the xB have to do with personalizing the car or bettering its performance with parts from Toyota's racing division, TRD. Among them are sport muffler, lowering springs, a high-performance brake kit, and a limited-slip differential that works with the 5-speed manual transmission. Wheel options include 17-inch alloys or, for those who really want to roll big, 19-inch versions. New this year is the optional BeSpoke Premium Audio system that pairs with iPhones to harness app-based features including navigation and Internet radio. Twin screens mounted in the front headrests, meanwhile, can bring entertainment to rear-seat passengers. A limited-edition Release series offers enhanced interior and exterior treatments.

Under the Hood

The 2013 xB uses a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower and runs on regular unleaded. Transmission choices are a 5-speed manual or rather a antiquated 4-speed automatic. Both transmissions help the xB get good gas mileage, but not quite as good as the Nissan Cube or Kia Soul.

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

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2013 Scion xB Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 263 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

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

Bought 9/2013 & driven locally by Senior

By on Thursday, May 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 553

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great for City Driving"

Cons: "Miss my old cushy ride & plush touches"

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

"When my 1984 4-door long & heavy vehicle died I needed a car ASAP since I cannot use public transportation. Chose this Scion for ease of entry/exit with my knee/back problems, I am only driver so folded down rear seats for roomy luggage compartment for walker and groceries. Easy to park in tight spaces. Less than 600 miles for local errands in my center-city neighborhood. Indoor garaged; non-smoker."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Great vehicle for the price

By on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Easy to get in & out of, Easy to park, Reliable,"

Cons: "Road noise, Small armrest, High RPM at Interstate Speed"

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

Da Box

"Not young, or hip, or even cool, in fact a Baby Boomer. Just wanted a car that was good on gas, hauled a lot of stuff, was reliable, and inexpensive This car is all that. I am 68 years old and have a nice pick up truck that I seldom use anymore because this car gets better gas mileage, and does 90 percent of what I need done. The truck is now regulated to hauling appliances, and occasional trailer towing. I think what was originally designed for the young who wanted to be cool and different has now fallen from their favor, but has evolved into a great vehicle for the more practical older set due to it's usefulness. It is easy to get in and out of, for those with limited mobility. Toyota needs to stop trying to market this vehicle to the young, and market to the older set. They do not care what they are seen getting out of if they like it."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Da Box

Great value.

By on Friday, April 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,898

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: "fun, great value."

Cons: "no 5 or 6 speed auto transmission."

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

"After owning a BMW and MDX, my 2014 XB is very refreshing. Had nothing but problems with my 2014 MDX. Got rid of it after 10 months. Bought my 2014 XB in 2/2015, it is a great value. Very easy to get in and out of the car. Wish it had a 5 or 6 speed auto transmission and would gladly pay the higher cost of one or two gears. Otherwise, it is a very good car."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

This is a perfect vehicle for camping.

By on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,300

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"For me it is usually VW or Toyota. I owned a Corolla for 15 years, but wanted a better vehicle for camping. This one is perfect."

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Very Happy

By on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I bought this new and am very happy with it. I have taken it on many road trips of 150 miles or more, it is very comfortable on long trips. It is very quiet at highway speeds. I love the fact it has lots of room. Gas mileage is pretty good, I average about 27 that's both city and highway driving. My only complaint is the 4 speed transmission, I would much rather have a 6 speed automatic. But for the price it is a great car. I have had no major problems with it."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Great Car - Love this Car

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Roomy, Reliable, Great to Drive"

Cons: "Items not avail: Leather, electric seats, sunroof"

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

"I bought my 2012 certified preowned xB about a year ago I've put about 10k on it. This car is easy to drive, good pick up power and very roomy on the inside. I am only 5 foot but have several friends that are 6 foot and over and they can ride anywhere in the car comfortably and even enjoy driving it. The room in the back with the seats up is great but with the back seats down you would be amazed what you can put in the car. I love the hands free phone and the blue tooth. My only wishes... leather seats, electric seats, sunroof."

16 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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