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2015 Scion xB Review

The 2015 Scion xB finishes near the bottom of our used compact car rankings. While this Scion has a roomy cabin and a high maximum cargo capacity, its anemic performance, low-rent cabin, and poor safety score hold it back in this competitive class.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo room with rear seats folded
  • Spacious cabin
  • Weak engine
  • Poor fuel economy for the class
  • Stiff ride
  • Subpar safety score
  • Cheap cabin materials




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 5.4
Interior: 5.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.6
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2015 Scion xB Overview

Is the 2015 Scion xB a Good Used Car?

No, the 2015 Scion xB isn't a good used compact car. Ample passenger and cargo space are about all that this Scion has going for it. This boxy car's engine struggles when getting up to speed, and both transmission choices are unrefined. To make matters worse, fuel economy is unimpressive. Many class rivals feel more upscale than the xB, and its ride is stiff. Simply put, there are plenty of better choices in this class.

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Our Scion xB review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 100 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Scion xB?

There are about 160 listings for the 2015 Scion xB on our site, with an average list price of $14,200. Prices range from $11,000 to $17,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Scion xB Cost to Own?

The 2015 xB’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $23,450, or $4,690 per year. That’s about average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New xB?

The xB was discontinued after the 2015 model year, so you can't buy a new model.

There are no new compact cars within the xB's price range, but there are a handful of new subcompact cars that have base prices within that range. These include the 2019 Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, and Hyundai Accent. While these cars can't match the maximum cargo capacity of the xB, they do have more space behind the rear seats. They're also more modern on the inside than the Scion, with fresher designs and more technology offerings. Most shoppers will be happier with these new cars than the xB.

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Which Model Year of the Scion xB Is Best?

For the xB, 2015 was the final model year of production. There are a few minor differences between the 2015 xB and older models. For example, the rearview camera was optional prior to 2015, and the touch-screen infotainment system was optional prior to 2014. Both are standard in the 2015 xB.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Scion xB?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 xB a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Scion xB Recalls

At the time of writing, there are three safety recalls for the 2015 Scion xB. They concern potential problems with the passenger front airbag, the brake hose, and some vehicle accessories. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Scion xB Is Right for Me?

Since there is only one trim level of the xB, you only need to decide if you want a manual or automatic transmission. Standard features include a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker Pioneer audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary audio input, and HD Radio. You may also find xB models equipped with a BeSpoke sound system, navigation, and smartphone integration.

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What Does Scion's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for Scion vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all Scion certified pre-owned vehicles, and Toyota extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date 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. 

Toyota manages Scion's CPO program, and it's about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Honda, and Hyundai all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the xB?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the xB the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not fully test the 2015 xB, but the model earned four stars in the organization's rollover test.

A rearview camera comes standard in the xB. No other driver assistance features are available.

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2015 Scion xB Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Kia Soul is a hatchback that offers a good amount of interior space. Compared to the xB, the Soul has more rear-seat legroom and a larger cargo hold behind the rear seats. It also has a higher-quality interior, more available features, and better safety and reliability ratings than its Scion rival. On the performance front, the Soul has a smooth ride and composed handling, and its available engine has a bit more grunt than the xB's sole powertrain. The Kia is clearly the better choice in this comparison.

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

The 2015 Honda Fit is a great little subcompact car that offers plenty of flexibility. It feels quick and gets good gas mileage, all while providing a smooth ride. Inside, the Fit feels more upscale than the xB. It also has plenty of passenger and cargo space. We recommend skipping the xB and buying the Fit.

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2015 xB Performance

How Does the 2015 Scion xB Drive?

The 2015 Scion xB comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 158 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. The xB accelerates quickly from a stop, but it struggles when it comes to highway passing and merging. Neither transmission is great: The manual isn't smooth, and the automatic isn't responsive.

This Scion has accurate steering, poised handling, and strong brakes. However, it isn't as agile as some competitors, and the ride feels stiff. Front-wheel drive comes standard.

Does the 2015 Scion xB Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 xB gets 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Those are subpar ratings for the class.

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2015 xB Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 xB Seat?

The 2015 Scion xB seats five on standard cloth upholstery. The cabin fails to impress, as many surfaces use low-rent materials, making the xB feel cheaper than rivals. On the bright side, it's certainly spacious. Both rows of seats have enough head- and legroom that even tall adults can ride comfortably.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Scion xB?

This Scion has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats.

2015 Scion xB Features

The Scion xB comes standard with a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker Pioneer audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary audio input, and HD Radio. A BeSpoke sound system, navigation, and smartphone integration are available.

The infotainment controls are well-organized and easy to reach, but the gauges are in the middle of the dashboard, making them hard to read for some.

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2015 Scion xB Dimensions

Scion xB Cargo Space

With the rear seats folded, the 2015 Scion xB has a very spacious cargo area for a compact car, and its maximum cargo capacity rivals those of many compact SUVs. The xB gives you 11.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 69.9 cubic feet with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats collapsed.  

2015 xB Length and Weight

The 2015 xB is 14 feet long. It has a curb weight of 3,027 to 3,084 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Scion xB Built?

Toyota built the 2015 xB in Japan.


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