Used 2015 Scion xB Hatchback
Scion xB Hatchback
The 2015 Scion xB isn't the groundbreaking compact wagon it once was. But it's still versatile, affordable and reliable transportation.
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2015 Scion xB KBB Expert Review
The days are long gone where the Scion xB could be considered revolutionary. Today, it faces stiff competition from the Kia Soul and Honda Fit, and without the option of all-wheel drive (AWD), it can't hold a candle to newer compact crossover SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V. Still, there's no denying that the little Scion xB has its strengths. It boasts strong resale value, gets good fuel economy, and it's quite roomy inside for people and cargo. The addition of a backup camera modernizes the xB a little bit, and there are a ton of aftermarket upgrades for those who are so inclined.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for an inexpensive, roomy compact wagon, the 2015 Scion xB deserves a look. Not only is it inexpensive to buy, but its good fuel economy and strong resale value make the xB easy to own, too.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Despite the Scion xB's boxy looks, this is no SUV, and there's no AWD available. There's not enough power to accelerate quickly, much less tow anything, and the center-mounted gauges remain a peculiarity, different for the sake of being different.
What's New for 2015
Little has changed for the Scion xB this year, with just the addition of a backup camera helping to keep it modern.
Reliability, dependability and low cost of ownership aren't usually the kinds of things that get the ol' heart pumping, but they're the best things about the 2015 Scion xB. Like most small cars, the Scion xB feels nimble in city driving, and the suspension is firm enough that the little wagon performs in a decent, if undistinguished, way around turns as well. The engine only puts out 158 horsepower, resulting in so-so acceleration with the 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic. On surface streets, the suspension does an adequate job of isolating the cabin, but at highway speeds, there's plenty of interior noise to keep you company. It's a good thing the audio system is decent. Fuel economy is good for a small wagon though, averaging 28 mpg on the highway.
When you pack your stuff, you put it in a box. That's the philosophy behind the 2015 Scion xB, and it works out here, as there's an admirable amount of space inside this small wagon for all your stuff on the low and flat cargo floor, or in the roomy rear seat.
There aren't a lot of factory options for the Scion xB, but there sure are a lot of accessories for it. Scion makes plenty of its own aftermarket bits available through Toyota's TRD performance division. There is also a broad aftermarket for the xB.
The 2015 Scion xB's tall roof means there's plenty of headroom, and the good rear legroom means even tall rear-seat passengers should be comfortable. If instead of people you need to haul things, the rear seats fold flat in a 60/40 split, and the tall roof means there's nearly 70 cubic feet of cargo space. "Simple" is the obvious interior design theme, with knobs and switches easy to find and use. "Cheap" is another word, thanks to the acres of hard, flat plastic. The center-mounted gauges are interesting, but we'd still prefer they were in front of the driver.
The 2015 Scion xB is low, wide and square, presenting a unique look out on the road. It's squared off enough to make even the Kia Soul look sleek by comparison. Its proportions make the xB look more like a low-rider wagon, especially when equipped with aftermarket wheels and wider tires. 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.
Notable Standard Equipment
There's really only one Scion xB model, and it comes pretty well equipped. There's keyless entry, cruise control, power windows, and power mirrors. The standard Display Audio system offers streaming Bluetooth and aux/USB ports with iPod connectivity. 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.
Notable Optional Equipment
Aside from choosing between a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission (hint: get the manual), most of the options for the Scion xB have to do with accessories for personalizing or improving the performance. Available from Toyota's TRD performance arm are a 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. The available BeSpoke Premium Audio system uses your iPhone for navigation and Internet radio.
Under the Hood
The 2015 Scion xB soldiers on with the same 2.4-liter 4-cylinder it has had since the current model came out back in 2007. It puts out 158 horsepower and runs on regular unleaded gasoline. Getting power to the front wheels is either a 5-speed manual or an antiquated 4-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is decent, but many other compacts get much better fuel economy these days.
158 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg
The 2015 Scion xB comes in at just under $18,000 when you include the $770 destination charge. That's with a manual transmission. If you'd rather have the 4-speed automatic (again, we suggest skipping it), you'll pay about $19,000. About the most you're going to pay with options like the BeSpoke audio system is a little over $20,000 before you add any accessories. That's a higher starting price than competitors like the Kia Soul and Honda Fit, but it doesn't go up as high as those two, either. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the xB. In terms of resale value, Scions enjoy above-average figures, and the xB is no exception, with its long-term value expected to be higher than that of the Soul.
Scion xB Consumer Reviews
November 16, 2018
Don't talk about it.
I love it. I love it. i love it. I have 6 cars such as a Benz, Lexus, Honda, SAAB oh yeah another Lexus. Every time I get the urge to...
November 12, 2018
Handles well, rides smooth, quiet, comfortable, seating, super roomy,everything is accessible, great stereo, heats up or cools off...
November 02, 2017
I bought this car off the show room floor, super cheap and one of the best cars I have had. It fits everywhere and that was the fun part...
June 22, 2017
Its a great car, versatile and fun to drive.
One of a kind. The car, one of 2500 release series automobiles, has a powerhouse Chicago Bulls emblem on the hood which I had affixed...
January 22, 2017
Happy Peppy Person
Easy to get in and out the car. Very roomy for people and things. Peppy engine. Added a moonroof and backup camera.
December 13, 2016
A very reliable low maintenance work car.
I have replaced shocks. Serviced AC compressor once. Got piston and rings replaced by Toyota recall for oil usage (was not really bad)...
October 12, 2016
Easy in and out. Lots of room. Handles good .
Great value for a small suv. No problems with anything. 28 mpg average. Drives good in snow. I had a 2013 rav 4 before this and like...
November 12, 2015
Best car I have ever owned
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...
November 08, 2015
Huge Interior Great Price 29 MPG city and highway
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...
October 19, 2015
This is a bullet proof box
Have just turned 211,000 on the odometer and have only changed brake pads and tires when needed. With regular maintenance, this vehicle...