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2014 Scion xB Review

The Scion xB has one of the largest cargo capacities in its class, but its jittery ride, low-quality interior, and below-average safety scores push this boxy hatchback to the back of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo space
  • Lots of headroom
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Hard plastic cabin materials
  • Firm ride quality




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.6
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2014 Scion xB Overview

Is the 2014 Scion xB a Good Used Car?

The Scion xB isn’t a great option if you’re shopping for a used compact car. While the roomy xB can pack away a tremendous amount of cargo, it offers little beyond this utility. The xB disappoints with its plastic-clad interior, brittle ride quality, and awkward driving position. Its low fuel economy also trails the competition’s. There are better options in this class for hatchback shoppers, including the 2014 Kia Soul, which offers a far more refined interior and better reliability ratings.

Used 2014 Scion xB Performance and Interior

The Scion xB has a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a four-speed automatic is available. The xB accelerates up to speed rather quickly, but it offers meager passing power on the highway. Part of that blame can be linked to the xB’s automatic transmission, which feels hesitant to downshift into lower gears. Neither transmission can improve the xB’s low fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

The xB’s responsive power steering gives the car an agile, easy-to-drive feel. Its brakes provide confident stopping power as well. However, the Scion’s ride quality borders on firm. Smaller dips in the road are muffled well, but larger bumps and potholes cannot be masked.

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The Scion xB seats five and offers generous head- and legroom in both rows. The front seats are fairly comfortable and the upright windscreen provides good forward visibility. That said, the driving position can feel awkward for taller drivers due to limited adjustability in the seat and steering wheel. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. Cloth upholstery is standard, and you won’t find frills like leather or heated seats. You will find SUV levels of cargo space, though: 11.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a vast 69.9 cubic feet with those seats folded.

All xB models come with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, an AM/FM radio, and a CD player. One of the xB’s few options is a BeSpoke audio system with navigation. The touch screen and climate controls are straightforward and easy to use, but the gauge cluster is awkwardly located in the middle of the dashboard. This places some readouts just beyond the driver’s line of sight. Further, the xB’s interior plastics look and feel cheap. Road and wind noise can be loud at highway speeds.

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Used 2014 Scion xB Prices

The price of a used 2014 Scion xB ranges from about $12,500 for a base model to around $14,800 for a Release Series 10.0 model. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Scion xB?

The Scion xB has average reliability, earning a score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the xB?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Scion xB the highest safety rating of Good in four out of five areas tested, as well as a Moderate rating for small overlap front crash testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the xB four out of five stars for rollover crash safety.

The xB lacks the advanced safety features found in class rivals, such as forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and parking sensors. A rearview camera is standard in xB Release Series models only.

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Should I Consider Another Used xB?

The 2014 xB marks the seventh model year of the vehicle’s second generation. The xB was discontinued after the 2015 model year. There were no major updates between 2011 and 2015. As a result, you’re likely to find similarly equipped 2011, 2012, and 2013 models at lower prices than the 2014 xB.

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Which Used Scion xB Is Right for Me?

The 2014 xB comes in two trim levels: base and Release Series 10.0. All Scion xB base models are equipped with a 6.1-inch touch screen, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, a USB input, remote keyless entry, power windows, air conditioning, cruise control, and cloth upholstery. The xB Release Series 10.0 adds a rearview camera and wireless device charging.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned xB. 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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2014 Scion xB and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion xB or 2014 Kia Soul?

The similarly priced Kia Soul is a much better hatchback than the xB. The Kia outshines the Scion with far nicer interior materials, a higher-tech infotainment system, superior safety and reliability ratings, and a smoother ride quality. While the Soul’s cargo hold does fall a little short of the xB’s maximum cargo space, its overall refinement more than makes up for the difference.

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion xB or 2014 Nissan Cube?

Neither the Nissan Cube nor the xB are great options in the compact car class. Both hatchbacks have low-quality interiors with numerous hard plastic surfaces. The Cube offers higher fuel economy (26/30 mpg city/highway) and a softer ride, but its engine feels poky and its cargo space can’t match the xB’s larger capacity.

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion xB or 2014 Scion xD?

The subcompact Scion xD has a much smaller cargo hold than the xB, and it offers less rear seating room. It’s not all bad news, though. The xD rates higher for reliability, gets better fuel economy (27/33 mpg), and typically costs less. Ultimately, neither of these youth-oriented Toyota vehicles live up to the refinement of top class competitors. There are better hatchback options available.

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