Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Honda CR-V VS 2013 Scion xB Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Honda CR-V

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2013 Scion xB

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Honda CR‑V deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Honda CR‑V’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The xB’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Honda CR‑V offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The xB doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Honda CR‑V has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The xB doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Honda CR‑V has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The xB doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Honda CR‑V’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The xB doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Honda CR‑V and the xB have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Honda CR‑V first among compact CUVS in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The xB isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Scion vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Scion is ranked 33rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Scion vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Scion is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Honda CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 27 more horsepower (185 vs. 158) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (163 vs. 162) than the xB’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda CR‑V is faster than the Scion xB (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.6 MPH

81.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Honda CR‑V FWD gets better fuel mileage than the xB Auto (23 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

The Honda CR‑V has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the xB (15.3 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Honda CR‑V’s brake rotors are larger than those on the xB:



Front Rotors

11.8 inches

10.83 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

10.98 inches

The Honda CR‑V stops shorter than the xB:

Honda CR‑V


70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Honda CR‑V has larger standard tires than the xB (215/70R16 vs. 205/55R16). The Honda CR‑V EX/EX-L’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the xB (225/65R17 vs. 205/55R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Honda CR‑V EX/EX-L has standard 17-inch wheels. The xB’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda CR‑V has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Scion xB has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Honda CR‑V has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Honda CR‑V flat and controlled during cornering. The xB’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Honda CR‑V has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The xB doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Honda CR‑V is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the xB.

The Honda CR‑V’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the xB’s (61.6% to 38.4%). This gives the Honda CR‑V more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Honda CR‑V has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the xB (104.1 vs. 100.8).

The Honda CR‑V has .6 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear legroom, 6.4 inches more rear hip room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the xB.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Honda CR‑V’s rear seats recline. The xB’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Honda CR‑V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the xB with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 21.7 cubic feet). The Honda CR‑V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the xB with its rear seat folded (70.9 vs. 69.9 cubic feet).

The Honda CR‑V’s cargo area is larger than the xB’s in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Min Width






Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Honda CR‑V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The xB doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Honda CR‑V. The xB doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Honda CR‑V’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The xB’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Honda CR‑V EX/EX-L’s standard wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The xB’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting.

Consumer Reports rated the Honda CR‑V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the xB’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Honda CR‑V EX/EX-L has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The xB doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Honda CR‑V EX-L’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The xB doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Honda CR‑V’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The xB’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Honda CR‑V EX-L has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the xB.

The Honda CR‑V has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The xB doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Honda CR‑V EX-L’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The xB doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Honda CR‑V EX-L’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The xB doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Honda CR‑V has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The xB doesn’t offer rear vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Honda CR‑V’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The xB doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Honda CR‑V EX-L offers optional rear seat controls for the radio that can play a separate audio source. The xB doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

With optional voice command, the Honda CR‑V EX-L offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The xB doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Honda CR‑V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Honda CR‑V will cost $760 to $1615 less than the xB over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Honda CR‑V is less expensive to operate than the xB because typical repairs cost less on the Honda CR‑V than the xB, including $96 less for a water pump, $117 less for fuel injection, $66 less for a fuel pump, $200 less for a timing belt/chain and $39 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda CR‑V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Honda CR‑V


Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



Kiplinger’s Awards



Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 856, Strategic Vision rated the Honda CR‑V 16 points higher than the Scion xB for 2012.

The Honda CR‑V outsold the Scion xB by over sixteen to one during the 2013 model year.

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