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2013 Scion xB Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Scion xB was new.


Performance: 7.1

Most critics maintain that the 2013 Scion xB performs sufficiently for most people, with a comfortable ride and good maneuverability. One reviewer notes that larger bumps transmit through the cabin, as does some unwanted engine noise.

  • "Large bumps tend to pound through with a bang. Highway wind and road noise are noticeable but not overwhelming. Engine noise is a bit intrusive during hard acceleration, but it is subdued otherwise." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2013 Scion xB's driving demeanor should please most people." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2013 Scion xB is neither a tarmac burner nor mountain-road carver, but it's relatively comfortable and nimble, and - because of its compact size - easy to park." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The front-wheel drive 2013 Scion xB is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a four-speed automatic is optional. According to the EPA, the xB achieves 22/28 mpg city/highway with either transmission, which is somewhat low for the class.

Most reviewers say that the xB’s engine offers sufficient power, though one mentions that the xB has disappointing highway passing power. A couple critics comment that both transmission choices offer fewer gears than rivals’ transmissions, which some attribute as the cause of the xB’s low fuel economy ratings. Additionally, one reviewer says that the manual transmission shifter is clunky and the automatic transmission is sometimes slow to shift down when more power is needed.

  • "With either transmission, acceleration is spirited from a stop. While low- and mid-speed passing punch are acceptable, highway-speed response disappoints. This is exacerbated by the automatic transmission, which is sometimes slow to downshift for more power; a 5th or 6th gear would be very helpful in these situations. The manual's clunky shift action takes some of the fun out of using it." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's easy to drive, and the 2.4-liter engine offers relatively quick acceleration for this class of car. Most consumers will be happy with the performance from the four-speed automatic transmission, but compared to the five- and six-speed automatics available in compact crossover SUVs, it's a drag on fuel economy." -- Edmunds
  • "The engine's 158 horsepower is adequate for getting this carryall up to speed, and fuel economy of 22 mpg city/28 highway are pretty good, but not quite as high as what you can get from a Cube, Soul, or Mini Cooper Clubman." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

Most reviewers agree that the 2013 xB has a generally comfortable ride, but one notes that there is some unwanted body roll through turns. One auto writer says the brakes offer plenty of stopping power, and that low-effort steering and a tight turning radius make maneuvering the xB fairly easy.

  • "Handling is fairly well controlled, but there is moderate body lean during aggressive cornering. Road feel is somewhat vague, but a tight turning radius and light steering feel aid low-speed maneuverability. The brakes are strong and responsive enough for everyday use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The ride is generally agreeable, but crossovers like the CR-V and RAV4 offer more comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "Its suspension does a good job soaking up road imperfections." -- Kelley Blue Book

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