The Scion xB is a 5-passager, 5-door vehicle of a couple of box-shaped compact wagons that remain standing after the demise of the Nissan’s Cube and Honda’s Element. Kia’s Soul is now its only other rival. In 2008, for its model year, Scion up-sized, up-powered and significantly improved the once super-small xB in an attempt to defeat its Japanese rivals. Unfortunately, sales-wise results have been less than spectacular. The 2015 xB returns to the cube-configured compact wagon war with a single base trim and a sole noteworthy upgrade: a rear-view camera that’s now standard. Available only in FWD and offering little in the way of creature comforts or refinement this small Scion, does boast adult-size seating and some capable driving panache, while cargo area remains a 69.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. To power the 2015 xB is a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that couples with either a 5-speed manual transmission or an available 4-speed shiftable automatic transmission to produce a hefty 158 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy estimates, remain 22/28 mpg with either transmission. The 2015 xB sports standard 16-inch steel wheels and power-adjustable mirrors outside, while in the inside you can find cloth upholstery, sport front seats, and full power accessories. The cabin is comparatively to other cars in the segment: cavernous. Also standard features are cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering and air conditioning. For 2015, rear-view camera and Bluetooth hands-free calling is added. Entertainment components remain a 6.1-inch infotainment display, a single-CD player complemented by 6 speakers, and a USB port. Notable options for the 2015 xB are upgraded and upsized wheels, as well as such available niceties as a sport steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and various cargo and storage add-ons, while a optional you get premium audio upgrade, boasts GPS navigation as well as Aha internet radio and concierge services. Toyota’s Star Safety System, returns standard in this squared-off Scion and again includes 4-wheel ABS, as well as government-mandated traction and stability control. Additional standard safety features are: front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, turn-signal-integrated mirrors and a first aid kit, While front fog/driving lights and a remote antitheft alarm remain optional.