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2015 Scion xB

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/12/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Scion xB gains a standard rearview camera.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Scion xB is a boxy four-door hatchback powered by a 2.4-liter I-4 rated at 158 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque paired to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy isn’t impressive for a car its size, at 22/28 mpg city/highway.


The 2015 Scion xB offers good acceleration thanks to the car’s torque-rich engine, which makes passing easy at high speeds. However, both manual and automatic transmissions are dated when compared to competitors with six speeds or more. Steering feel is decent, and handling is, as well, with little body roll even with its boxy shape.

Space is where the 2015 xB excels. It offers up to 69.9 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded down, and room is generous for five passengers. Customizability remains a strong point in all Scion models thanks to a long list of available accessories, including the BeSpoke audio system with navigation, 17-inch wheels, 19-inch TRD wheels, lowering springs, sport muffler, performance air intake, performance shocks, rear anti-roll bar, front strut tie brace, and a rear wind deflector.

The 2015 Scion xB has a four-star rollover safety score (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the car received a good rating on four categories and a marginal in the small overlap front test (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

For those who prioritize practicality, the 2015 Scion xB is a good choice thanks to its cavernous interior, which is able to accommodate five passengers or up to 69.9 cubic feet of cargo. In a long-term verdict of a 2008 model, we said that the car’s biggest draw was its “bigness” due to it having a “massive interior” for such a compact car. The car’s driving dynamics are also decent with respectable power from the 2.4-liter I-4, respectable stability, and good steering feel, as we noted in a comparison test against the Kia Soul and the recently discontinued Nissan Cube. However, at higher speeds the four-speed automatic “became a liability” because it was “either buzzing redline in third or lugging in fourth” gear. The second generation is not as distinctive and “falls short of the idiosyncratic original” due to its more conservative exterior design and larger footprint.

You’ll Like

  • Roomy cabin
  • Good acceleration
  • Customizable

You Won’t Like

  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Automatic is buzzy at highway speeds
  • Exterior styling isn’t as distinctive as the original

Key Competitors

  • Kia Soul
  • Fiat 500L
  • Ford C-Max
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  • Volkswagen Golf SportWagen


3 star


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