The Scion xB may have more first-time drivers than most of the other new cars on the market. And parents can rest assured that it's safe, since it's earned some top crash-test scores.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the xB a "good" rating for all its crash tests, and coupled with standard stability control, that makes the hatchback a Top Safety Pick. In the past, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also given the xB high scores, but since the agency revamped its scoring in the 2011 model year, it hasn't re-rated the Scion.
Standard safety features in the xB also include the mandatory side and curtain airbags. The stability control system can only be temporarily disengaged—to get out of a snowy driveway, for instance—at speeds below 35 mph.The only tarnish to the xB's otherwise stellar safety package is outward visibility; the wide rear pillars create a substantial blind spot for most drivers, though taller drivers might not be bothered by it as much.