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GREEN | 7 out of 10
22 mpg city, 28 highway (manual); 22/28 (automatic)
We measured a combined average of 23 mpg during our time with the car.
Our review vehicle was equipped with an automatic transmission and averaged 22.9 mpg in mixed driving.
Toyota's hybrid models are gas-mileage leaders, but the 2013 Scion xB, with a non-hybrid four-cylinder powertrain, doesn't at all follow that leadership; it lags toward the back of the pack, in fact, when compared with the likes of the Kia Soul or other compact crossovers.
The xB comes with EPA mileage numbers of 22 mpg city, 28 highway, whether you choose the manual transmission or the four-speed automatic. You'll do better than that overall in a number of mid-size sedans, like the Toyota Camry, and better on the highway even on some much larger V-6 sedans, like the Avalon.We've noted that when the xB is driven above 70 mph, its real-world mileage drops drastically; while this might be a reasonably fuel-efficient model around town (we've seen mid 20s) the boxy, brick-like shape should be a cause to look elsewhere if you do a lot of highway commuting.
Many larger crossover models get better highway gas mileage than the 2013 xB.