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Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.6
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2015 Scion xB Review

The 2015 Scion xB has plenty of space for cargo and passengers, but the engine feels underpowered, the ride is bumpy, and most competitors are more fuel-efficient.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo room
  • Spacious cabin

  • Weak engine
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Stiff, bumpy ride
  • Cheap cabin materials

2015 Scion xB Overview

Is the 2015 Scion xB a Good Used Car?

Overall, the xB is a pretty mediocre compact car, especially compared to rivals that offer a lot more bang for the buck. The xB's generous passenger and cargo room may seem appealing, but you'll sacrifice a lot for that space. The xB's performance is lackluster, and the cabin is fitted with cheap materials. The xB also earns lower safety scores than most compact cars.

Used 2015 Scion xB Performance and Interior

The xB performs best in city driving, with brisk acceleration from a stop and good maneuverability to dart through traffic. At higher speeds, the xB's four-cylinder engine feels taxed. Neither the standard manual transmission nor the available automatic are particularly satisfactory. The manual feels unrefined when shifting, and the automatic hesitates to change gears when more power is needed. The xB gets 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is lower than most rivals’ gas mileage. The xB’s precise steering helps it feel maneuverable and composed, but many competitors feel more athletic. Its ride is on the stiff side.

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The cabin has straightforward styling, but many of the xB's interior surfaces are covered in low-rent hard plastics. In contrast, several competitors have more soft-touch materials. The xB's boxy body shape means it has ample head- and legroom for adults in both rows of seats. Visibility to the rear is limited by the large roof supports. The xB has LATCH connectors in the second row to securely install child safety seats.

The xB is fairly well-equipped; standard features include a touch-screen infotainment system, a Pioneer audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio. A few dealer-installed extras are available, like navigation, smartphone integration, and a BeSpoke sound system. The infotainment system has attractive graphics, and the center stack controls are all easy enough to use. The gauge cluster is mounted in the middle of the dashboard out of the driver's line of sight, so checking your speed requires glancing more to the right than you might expect. The xB has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class: 69.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. That's close to the amount of cargo space you'll find in some compact SUVs.

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Used 2015 Scion xB Prices

You can expect to pay around $14,000 for an xB with a manual transmission and around $15,000 for a model with an automatic transmission. Exact pricing depends on each vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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We gathered and analyzed 100 professional reviews to help you decide if the 2015 Scion xB is the right used hatchback for you. We've also added information on reliability, safety, and fuel economy to further aid you in the car-buying process.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Scion xB?

The xB has a predicted reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. While that's typical across the board, it's a bit below average for the compact car class.

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How Safe Is the xB?

The xB earned the highest safety rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests and a Marginal score in the fifth. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only put the xB through one test, in which the model earned four out of five stars. Many competitors in the compact car class have higher safety ratings. A standard rearview camera is the xB's only available safety feature.

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Should I Consider Another Used xB?

The 2015 xB was the final model year before the xB was discontinued. There are a few minor differences between the 2015 xB and previous model years. For example, the rearview camera was optional prior to 2015, and the touch-screen infotainment system was optional prior to 2014.

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Which Used Scion xB Is Right for Me?

The xB is available in one trim level, so you only need to decide if you want a manual or automatic transmission.

Some Scion models are covered under a certified pre-owned program available through Toyota dealerships. Scion provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Scion must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Scion warranty page carefully.

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2015 Scion xB and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion xB or 2015 Kia Soul?

If you like the xB's funky, boxy shape, consider buying the Kia Soul instead. It has a similar look but is an overall better car than the xB. The Soul's cabin is roomy like the xB's, but upscale materials cover most surfaces. The Soul has fewer standard features but significantly more available features than the xB. It also earns higher safety and reliability scores. On the performance front, the Soul has a smooth, composed ride, and its larger available engine has a bit more grunt than the xB's sole powertrain.

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion xB or 2015 Honda Fit?

We named the Honda Fit our 2015 Best Hatchback for the Money – and for good reason. The Fit checks nearly every box necessary to be a versatile daily driver. While its exterior design is more staid than the xB’s, its ride is comfortable and controlled, and its engine feels peppy and gets excellent fuel economy. Inside, there are top-notch materials, useful cabin features, and generous passenger and cargo space. The Fit beats the xB in safety and reliability as well.

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion xB or 2015 Mazda3?

The Mazda3 isn't quite as roomy as the xB; it comes as a sedan and in a more traditional hatchback body style than the xB's boxy design. Still, we think the Mazda3 is a better buy for most used car shoppers. The Mazda pairs a very upscale cabin and useful features with some of the most athletic performance you can get in a small car. It also has brisk acceleration, above-average gas mileage, and lithe handling.

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