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2011 Scion xB Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Scion xB was new.


Interior: 7.5

Most auto writers say the 2011 Scion xB's cabin is roomy and well equipped. However, many also complain that the controls are out of place and that the driving position is somewhat awkward.

  • "The shape is even cooler inside than out; it's so spacious it recalls full-sized vans from the '70s." -- Car and Driver
  • "Although it may not look like it from the outside, the interior of the xB has seating that is both roomy and comfortable, even in the second row." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cavernous interior is functional while having some newfound form." -- Road and Track
  • "Some elements of the xB's cabin take getting used to. The instrument pod includes a digital speedometer and is mounted high in the middle of dashboard, out of driver's direct line of sight, an annoyance to some testers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The driving position isn't quite perfect: The steering wheel tilts up and down but does not telescope in and out; positioning the seat a comfortable distance from the pedals put me a bit too far away from the steering wheel." -- About.com


While reviewers like the space in the front-row seats, several complain that the Scion xB has an awkward driving position. However, the second row wins more praise, with reviewers saying it's one of the roomier options in the class.

  • "The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the driver's adjusts for height. Headroom is ample, but taller folks may want more legroom." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Legroom in front and second rows is only an inch or less than what's in the Escalade." -- MSN
  • "The steering wheel is nicely shaped but desperately needs a telescope function for taller drivers, who may have trouble reaching the wheel when the seat is adjusted for proper legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat feels deceptively spacious -- it's hard to believe there's actually no increase in legroom." -- Car and Driver
  • "The three kids who rode in the rear seat of our xB didn't have a problem, but three adults would. Two adults wouldn't be uncomfortable though, because you can easily slide your feet up under the front seats." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

Writers say the xB comes well-equipped. And, if you still need more toys, Scion dealers have plenty of factory-approved aftermarket accessories they can sell you. However, many cite problems with the placement of controls or note that they had trouble reading the dashboard.

Standard features on the xB include cruise control, power windows and locks, as well as audio controls on the steering wheel. A six-speaker stereo with two tweeters is standard. The stereo has a USB port and an auxiliary port.

  • "We've never been pleased with centrally mounted primary gagues, and the xB's haven't changed our mind. At least the speedometer is an easily ready digital display, but it's way over to the right rather than in front of us, and monitoring the diminutive tachometer requires far too much of the driver's attention." -- Edmunds
  • "Some elements of the xB's cabin take getting used to. The instrument pod includes a digital speedometer and is mounted high in the middle of the dashboard, out of the driver's direct line of sight, an annoyance to some testers. The transmission shift lever is mounted on lower part of dash rather than on a console." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Annoyance: Too tall shifter in the automatic. While reaching for dash controls, I sometimes hit the shifter, flipping the car into neutral." -- The Boston Globe


The Scion xB has 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space available behind the backseat and 69.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The resulting space receives good reviews from test drivers. Auto writers also praise the numerous storage possibilities inside the 2011 xB's cabin.

  • "Boasting 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 70 cubic feet with those seats folded down, the xB is a legitimate fair-weather alternative to compact SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "The cargo opening is low and wide. The cargo area is spacious and can be made considerably roomier when the rear seatbacks are flipped forward." -- MSN
  • "Several bins and trays -- including a cubby beneath rear seat -- supply handy interior storage. The split rear seatback folds nearly flat without removing headrests." -- Consumer Guide
  • "During our week with the car, we used it to pick up a 50-inch Samsung HPT5064 plasma TV, which it swallowed in the box with the rear hatch closing easily." -- CNET

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