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Pros: The 2014 Scion xB stands out with boxy looks, generous interior room, a reliable powertrain, and easy access. The company also puts a lot of emphasis on customization, allowing buyers to select from a plethora of accessories and parts to make their xB even more unique.

Cons: Interior fit and finish is disappointing, the cabin is noisy, and the shock absorbers are generally too firm. Poor ergonomics and a 4-speed-only autobox also betray this ageing model, which desperately needs refreshing.

2014 Scion xB Price: Starting at $18,960, the lone trim level comes standard with air conditioning, cruise control, heated mirrors, a 6.1'' touchscreen, and audio controls on the steering wheel. You can add a number of options such as a premium Pioneer sound system with navigation ($1,025), 19” alloy wheels ($1,729), as well as several TRD performance parts including bigger brakes ($1,782) and firmer springs ($828).

Scion xB 2014
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2014 Scion xB Fuel Economy:
Expect to achieve 8.4L/100km with the manual transmission or 8.5L/100km with the automatic transmission during combined city-highway driving.

Improvements and Changes: For 2014, a limited edition called Scion 10 xB features an exclusive Silver Ignition body colour, 16'' alloy wheels, illuminated front and rear emblems, a unique shift knob, silver seat belts, electroluminescent gauges, and a serialized plate.

2014 Scion xB Powertrain: The 2.4L 4-cylinder engine under the hood produces 158 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque thanks to intelligent variable valve timing. Transmissions include a standard 5-speed manual and an optional 4-speed automatic. No all-wheel drive configuration appears on the xB’s menu.

Cargo Capacity: Versatility is one of the strengths of the 2014 Scion xB. The trunk alone can hold up to 329 litres of cargo. Folding the rear seatbacks forward creates a flat floor that multiplies cargo possibilities.

Safety: In addition to six airbags, the xB benefits from Toyota's STAR Safety System, which consists of Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, an Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Smart Stop Technology, and Brake Assist. A tire pressure monitoring system is also included.

Comparing the 2014 Scion xB: Looking for a small crossover or wagon to make a statement in a crowd? Consider alternatives like the Nissan cube/Juke, Kia Soul, Mazda3 Sport, MINI Cooper Countryman, Mitsubishi RVR, and Toyota Matrix.