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Value: Average Average
MPG: 22 city/28 hwy

2013 Scion xB 10 Series

2013 Scion xB Review

(0 Stars)  The original small box on wheels.

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New For 2013
The xB’s latest Release Series special edition is the Hot Lava Release Series 9.0. The bright orange exterior is further amped up with “Scion” spelled out in the grille; inside, there are suede-upholstered seats in black. The neatest item, though, might be the front and rear badges that light up when you hit the unlock button on the key fob.
Overview
The ultraboxy xB was the car that really launched Scion in the United States. Its funky anti-style resonated with the young and hip. But with the car’s first redesign, the xB grew and changed in some unfortunate ways. Significantly larger and embarrassingly heavier, the xB lost its edginess. It was never a ball of fun to drive, and the new model retains the previous version’s numb, electrically assisted power steering and rather stiff ride. Handling is decent, but it could never challenge a Mini Cooper’s—or even a Ford Fiesta’s. Buyers seeking better handling can spring for various TRD (Toyota Racing Development) chassis elements, including lowered springs, performance shocks, a rear antiroll bar, and a front strut-tower brace, but the items are not cheap. The four-cylinder engine is now a rather substantial 2.4 liters and makes 158 hp, but the extra oomph is negated by the car’s nearly 600-pound weight gain. A five-speed manual transmission is standard; the optional automatic is only a four-speed. All that helps explain the subpar fuel economy, which is worse than that of most mid-size sedans. The xB’s interior features an odd, centrally located gauge cluster. Getting into and out of the xB is easy, and the interior space is generous, particularly in the rear seats—there’s even an available rear-seat DVD player.

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2013 xB 10 Series Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 22 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, 24 MPG combined and 336 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
14.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 158 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 162 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

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'13 Scion 10 Series Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Wheel Covers
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