A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Scion xB

If you want an SUV because of the spacious interior, the 2012 Scion xB is a great choice. It’s easily one of the most affordable on the market.

Key Features

The four-cylinder power on the 2012 Scion xB may not seem like much, but it’s more than enough for this compact SUV. Its transmission can also be switched from automatic to manual, so you’re able to take advantage of this power however you want.

Scion maintains its reputation for great audio features with this vehicle too. The new Pioneer Premium sound system is high-end and definitely sounds that way.

This SUV’s distinctive design is more than just a fashion statement. We love the kind of cargo space it creates.

Changes for 2012

The Alpine radio from the year before has been replaced by a much more powerful Pioneer unit. Adding in Bluetooth streaming functionality just means there’s even more to love about this setup.

What We Like

For a compact, the 2012 xB takes cargo space very seriously. Whether you and yours simply appreciate leg room or you are constantly transporting things, this Scion will give you ample space for either.

The iPod interface is extremely convenient and something you’d expect the larger manufacturers to have caught onto by now. Better still, when you plug in your iPod/iPhone to listen to your music, you’ll be charging it at the same time.

What Concerns Us

Sport-utility may not be the right term for this vehicle. It has the look, but if you have plans that involve going off road, plunging through snow or towing anything heavy, this option is going to disappoint.

It might seem petty, but the visors don’t protect you from the sun going through your side windows. When you realize how much square footage windows were given in this vehicle, it seems odd this wouldn’t have been noticed.

Available Models

While there are plenty of options you can add to the xB (it’s a Scion after all), there is only one base model. This vehicle gets 22 mpg in the city and 28 when on the highway.

Major Recalls

There have been no recalls issued for the 2012 Scion xB.

Common Issues

A lot of owners—even those who otherwise love the vehicle—have complained that the analog gauges on the xB are difficult to read at a glance because of how far they’re set into the dash.

Some have also complained that, once you take to the highway, the tires on the 2012 xB are loud enough that it can be distracting.

Scion xB 2012 Interior


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