2014 Scion xB has distinctive appearance and blends function and form. It is one of the most recognizable members of company's family of vehicles. Like its little sibling - the 2014 Scion iQ, it is currently going on sale, offering its unmistakable boxy style and spacious interior. The latter now comes standard with 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen Scion Display Audio System. The car also offers smooth ride and responsive handling. It is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 158 horsepower (116 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque.

The unit can be mated with either a five-speed manual transmission or the four-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) constantly adjusts to suit driving conditions. The EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of the xB is 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

2014 xB sits on a MacPherson strut front suspension with stabilizer bar and a torsion beam rear suspension. A set of 16-inch wheels are standard for the vehicle, while Scion is offering a choice of 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels.

In terms of exterior, the straight roofline extends straight back to the rear fascia. The latter is dominated by an expansive rear window with privacy glass. At the back, there is also a chrome-tipped exhaust and bold tail lights.

The front fascia also features halogen projector-beam headlights and standard LED accent lamps, as well as LED turn indicators built into powered outside mirrors. The colors offered for the MY2014 are Black Sand Pearl, Nautical Blue Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Army Rock Metallic, Absolutely Red, Classic Silver Metallic and Super White.

The spacious interior of the xB can accommodate up to five people. Clean lines and metallic accents define the design inside. The three-spoke steering wheel features audio controls, while the gauges and deep orange multi-information display sit centered on the metal-tone accented dash. Other standard equipment here includes remote keyless entry, power windows with driver side auto down and electric power steering.

As mentioned, the Standard Display Audio system features a 6.1 inch LCD touchscreen. Other technology components include Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming connectivity, HD Radio, USB connectivity and 160-watt Pioneer AM/FM/CD head unit. As an option, the company is offering the BeSpoke Audio system.

Safety features include six airbags, headrests and three-point seat belts, tire pressure monitoring system, as well as STAR Safety SystemTM which includes Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

2014 Scion xB has a starting price of $16,970 USD.

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