2013 Scion xB Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 08, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • LED running lights are now standard
  • Changes to front and rear styling for 2013
  • Compact 5-passenger wagon features distinctive boxy profile
  • Maximum cargo space is 69.9 cubic feet
  • Many port- and dealer-installed options are available

Introduction

The Scion xB is a budget-priced 5-passenger compact wagon with a very boxy profile that has recently had its corners softened slightly, but retains its highly identifiable overall look. Its competitors include the Nissan Cube, Kia Soul, and Honda Element. The Scion xB is available in a single trim level, with many port- and dealer-installed options available. The 2013 model receives some interior upgrades as well as slight adjustments to the front and rear styling.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Scion xB is available in seven standard colors: black, crimson, silver, red, dark blue, white, and a metallic brown. Standard exterior features include 16-inch steel wheels, power-folding mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, variable intermittent front windshield wipers, rear window wiper, chrome-tipped exhaust, projector beam headlights with auto-off, and daytime running lights.

Interior Features

Standard interior features include air conditioning, power windows with driver-side auto-down, power door locks, remote keyless entry, engine immobilizer, rear window defogger, digital clock, multi-information display, analog tachometer with trip meter, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, sport front bucket seats, height-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split reclining fold-flat rear seats, dual sun visors with vanity mirrors, privacy glass on rear window, center console with sliding cover and armrest, under floor cargo area, storage tray under the rear seat, a 6-speaker Pioneer sound system, and cloth upholstery. Also, Bluetooth compatibility and a USB port have become standard features on the Scion xB. Cargo space behind the rear seats is 21.7 cubic feet; with rear seats folded it increases to 69.9 cubic feet.

Optional Features

Port- or dealer-installed enhancements to the exterior include a choice of 17- or 19-inch wheels, fog lights, rear spoiler, carbon fiber window trim, rear wind deflector, rear bumper protector, paint protection film, and mudflaps. Interior options include a sport steering wheel, cargo net, cargo cover, C-pillar storage net, Scion's security system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, ashtray cup, cargo tote, cargo tray, floor mats, and cargo mat.  A premium audio system and satellite radio are available. Optional performance features include TRD lowering springs, a sport muffler, rear sway bar, front strut tire brace, performance shocks, upgraded oil cap, and performance brake kit. Scion offers a varied menu of service plans.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Scion xB is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 158 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission can be a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Scion xB are 22/28/24 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Safety

Standard safety features of note on the 2013 Scion XB include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, smart stop technology, front and rear side curtain air bags, front air bags, and side air bags.

No safety ratings are yet available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2013 Scion xB "Good" ratings--its highest--in frontal-offset, side impact, and roof strength tests.
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