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2014 Scion xB Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2014 Scion xB has one of the boxiest silhouettes on the market, among small vehicles, and so it would make a lot of sense if this vehicle offered some of the best cargo space and versatility in its class.

Oddly, that's not the case. While the xB has decent passenger space, the seats aren't comfortably set up; and to add up to an almost complete fail, the seats don't allow you to make the most of all that space in the boxy xB.

A space-robbing seat layout is partly to blame for an interior that's less useful and versatile that you might think.

The xB's somewhat skimpy, thinly upholstered seats simply don't yield the kind of long-distance comfort some buyers will demand. There is enough headroom, and the telescopic steering wheel allows you to get to a good driving position, however.

The back seat, with its tall doors and wide door openings, is a snap to climb into—and perhaps one of the reasons taxi companies in some cities have pressed the xB into service. There's good foot space under the front seats for second-row passengers is good, and they sit high for easy entry and exit. There's additional storage room under the second-row seats, plus interior bins and storage areas—especially with the available overhead console.

When it comes time to stash some larger cargo in back, the xB can be a bit disappointing; the back seats seem to gobble up too much height when folded, and they don't fold completely flat. The front passenger seat folds back almost flat, though, and that helps.

Ride and refinement are a step behind many rival models, too. The xB tends to ride quite well at lower speeds, but it's less comfortable for long-distance cruising—with pitchiness over imperfect roads with expansion strips or frost heaves. It's a vehicle built to a price point, so expect about the same standard of noise and vibration isolation as a base-level compact sedan or hatchback. 

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