2012 Scion XB Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The xB is Scion’s boxy multi-purpose wagon and one of the two models that launched Scion as an all-new brand for Toyota. Scion is geared towards the youth market, offering highly customizable vehicles with generous standard equipment for a value-oriented price. Unveiled at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show, the xB was updated for the 2008 model year and is bigger in size, but retains its distinct box-like styling. The wheelbase has increased by four inches, the overall length is a foot longer, the overall width is almost three inches wider but the height is more than an inch shorter. The interior features 60/40 split rear seats that fold flat and the front seats fully recline for increased cargo space.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Scion xB is a four-door, five-passenger wagon. Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, rear window tint, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, driver seat height adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a trip computer and a six-speaker Pioneer sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an iPod/USB audio interface, an auxiliary audio jack, a customizable display and an RCA output for additional speakers.
Options are plentiful and mostly added at the dealer. Among them are 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels, a variety of performance upgrade parts, foglights, a rear spoiler, remote ignition, ambient multicolor lighting, a selection of shift knobs, an auto-dimming mirror, headrest-mounted DVD entertainment system monitors, satellite radio and a premium Pioneer audio system with a compact touchscreen faceplate, additional RCA outputs and Pandora Internet radio connectivity when used in conjunction with an iPhone. A back-up camera, navigation system and a large touchscreen interface are also available.
Powertrains and Performance
The front-wheel-drive 2012 Scion xB is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-4 that produces 158 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is the xB’s lone factory option
The 2012 Scion xB comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In braking tests, the xB came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet — a solid performance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the xB its highest rating of “Good” in the frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.
Interior Design and Special Features
The interior of the Scion xB fits with the exterior looks. The driver has a commanding view of the road. That’s exceptional if not unique, for a car of this size. The short nose, big windshield, elevatable driver’s seat, and far-away dashboard create this feel. You become aware of the distance to the windshield when you reach to adjust the rearview mirror, which is quite a stretch from your shoulder. The glass is nearly upright and doesn’t sweep back very much.
While the climate controls couldn’t be any simpler, both of the xB’s available radio faceplates are clearly intended for a younger generation used to iPhones and other high-tech gizmos. In other words, they aren’t exactly user-friendly, but audiophiles should appreciate their extensive range of adjustability.
Added last year, a telescoping function to the steering wheel provides a much better driving position for taller drivers who otherwise will find plenty of leg- and headroom. 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 a compact SUV.
The 2012 Scion xB feels fairly stable at highway speeds, although its slab-sided styling makes it vulnerable to crosswinds. Due to a relatively high center of gravity, the xB rolls significantly during cornering, but it feels responsive and confident at lower speeds. Over especially rough surfaces, the suspension transmits impact harshness into the cabin, and road and wind noise are constant companions at high freeway speeds. All in all, though, Scion’s youthful target demographic should be pleased with the xB’s driving demeanor, as should older folks simply looking for a space-efficient runabout.
2012 Scion xB Specs :
Gas Mileage : 22 mpg City/28 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas : I4, 2.4L
EPA Class : Small Station Wagon
Style Name : 5dr Wgn Man (Natl)
Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Passenger : Capacity 5
Passenger : Doors 4
Body Style : Station Wagon
Transmission : 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
2012 Scion xB Price :
MSRP range : $16,300 – $17,250
Invoice price range : $15,485 – $16,387