Energetic engine; ample cargo capacity; unique styling; plenty of technology features
Aging transmissions; poor fuel economy; buslike driving position
The 2014 xB gets a new Display Audio touchscreen interface, but it's otherwise unchanged.
We think the trick with cars like this is to keep the price as low as possible, so give us a base xB with the 5-speed manual. That's a lot of car for not a lot of coin. Find a Scion xB for sale
The 2014 Scion xB is offered in a single well-equipped trim level. Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels (with your choice of three plastic-cover styles), air conditioning, power accessories, cruise control, a first-aid kit, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel and a 6-speaker Pioneer audio system with a Display Audio touchscreen interface, HD radio, and iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Add-ons include 17- or 19-in alloy wheels, fog lights, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with two 7-in LCD screens, upgraded audio and a variety of mild performance aids such as lowering springs, stiffer shocks and a sport exhaust.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
Honda Fit -- The Fit is a perennial all-star in this class because of its amazingly versatile interior, but the xB can actually swallow considerably more stuff. The Honda gets better fuel economy, however.
Kia Soul -- Perhaps the only competitor that rivals the xB's funkiness, the second-generation Soul is an all-around superior vehicle except for its so-so acceleration. Watch the price, though, as it can go considerably higher than that of the xB.
Nissan Versa Note -- The hatchback Versa is even more bare-bones inside than the xB, but it offers a huge back seat and surprising cargo capacity for bottom-dollar pricing.