Chalk this one up in the annals of automotive design gone wrong. Scion had a cult following on its hands with the pre-2008 Scion xB, a subcompact vehicle that was, simply put, boxy to the max—with crisp edges and a look unlike any other on the market. Scion thought that it could turn the xB into a full-fledged mass-market hit, so it made the xB a size larger and loaded it with a different kind of retro design sensibility that characterized the likes of the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevy HHR—both now obsolete.
Although the xB is an intriguing vehicle on the outside, what Scion ended up with is something more like a soft-cornered armored van. It's slab-sided and pretty thick at the waist, with a wide rear pillar and a long, flat roof. The blunt front end now has a glossy-black lower grille for 2013, and there are a few other exterior changes geared toward making the xB look a little sportier—including a black rear diffuser and LED accent lighting.