|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2009 Scion xB
|Wagon||2.4L I-4||FWD||4A||8.5 sec||16.4 sec @ 82.6 mph||22/28/21.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
2008 Scion xB
|Wagon||2.4L I-4||FWD||5M||7.2 sec||15.6 sec @ 88 mph||22/28/26 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Wagon||2.4L I-4||FWD||5M||7.8 sec||16.0 sec @ 87 mph||22/28/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Wagon||2.4L I-4||FWD||4A||8.5 sec||16.4 sec @ 82.6 mph||22/28/23.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Wagon||2.4L I-4||FWD||4A||8.7 sec||16.6 sec @ 81.8 mph||22/28/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Wagon||2.4L I-4||FWD||4A||9.4 sec||17.3 sec @ 82 mph||22/28/24.2 mpg||Motor Week|
2006 Scion xB
|Wagon||1.5L I-4||FWD||5M||9.6 sec||17.3 sec @ 79 mph||26/30/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
2004 Scion xB
|Wagon||1.5L I-4||FWD||4A||10.6 sec||18.2 sec @ 75 mph||26/31/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Wagon||1.5L I-4||FWD||5M||10.1 sec||17.13 sec @ 79.94 mph||27/32/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Wagon||1.5L I-4||FWD||4A||11.9 sec||18.42 sec @ 74.04 mph||26/31/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Wagon||1.5L I-4||FWD||4A||11.5 sec||18.5 sec @ 74 mph||26/31/---- mpg||Motor Week|
About Scion xB
The Scion xB came out a few years ago and it revolutionized the industry with its boxy little look. Flash forward to 2015 and the new model has seemed to be forgotten, now with the Honda Fit and the Kia Soul running around the market. However, the xB still has got some juice in it.
The sleeker changes and added bulk may have been what initially turned people’s attention away but they are keeping the xB afloat. This is not a fast car and it definitely won’t be used for towing but its excellent fuel economy and smooth handling all makes up for it.
It’s quite roomy inside and it does have a very high resale value. For some reason people love to buy this car second-hand, especially since there are many accessories and other optional purchases for the 2015 xB.
To get a better look here’s a list of its main specs.
Specs of the Scion xB:
Engine: 2.4L 4-Cylinder
Power: 158 HP / 162 ft-lbs
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual / 4-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 3086 lbs
MPG: 22 MPG City / 28 MPG Highway
Driving the Scion xB
Believe it not but the xB excels in reliability on the road. This is one of those cars that gets you from Point A to Point B efficiently and in one piece. This is mostly because of the well-maintained suspension that handles quite firmly, even when at higher speeds.
This makes it very comfortable to drive when in the city. It’s quite nimble due to its size and despite the boxy look it actually handles turns decently. All logic of an aerodynamic design is lost here but for some reason it just chugs along quite fine.
There’s no doubt that it isn’t very fast but the smooth handling and decent mileage makes up for it all. This is the car for people who know they won’t be towing, driving on the highway for days on end, and just want a fuel efficient machine to get them around town.
Interior of the Scion xB
The xB is a lot more spacious than you would expect, particularly because of the foldable rear seats. There’s a lot of leg room so even a fully packed ride with 4 people won’t struggle. Interior height is very adequate so there won’t be much hunching to avoid hitting the ceiling.
Scion xB’s whole concept is about being a fuel-efficient cargo box and it definitely fulfills the bill. When there’s just the driver inside, you can fold the rear sets and fit all your groceries and sporting equipment inside.
The peculiar thing about the interiors is that they place the gauges at the center of the dashboard and not directly in front of the driver. This makes for a very strange driving experience since it takes more than a quick glance down to see how fast you’re going.
At least there’s a new navigation panel that also uses a rear-view camera to help you back up or parallel park.
Exterior of the Scion xB
The Scion xB is so square that it makes the comparable Kia Soul look like a much sleeker machine. The square, wide and low look of the xB is recognizable no matter where you go. At least you know which car in a busy parking lot is yours. Even the windows mimic the same wide square aesthetic.
Then there’s the wider c-pillars found just behind the rear windows. They look very pretty but they also create blind spots, making it difficult to back up and maneuver a little bit.
Problems and Advantages
The main advantage here is that this is a very efficient and very reliable car. It has the best steering and suspension that guarantees a smooth and firm ride. It is also very fuel efficient so you’ll be saving cash in the long run compared to the gas guzzlers flooding the road every day.
It may have bulked up a bit to add cargo space and leg room but it is still a compact car – not a compact SUV – and this means it is much easier to parallel park with and weave around busy traffic. Just don’t expect to hit 60 mph in five or six seconds.
That’s because the one main problem is that it is not a fast vehicle. That’s okay though because it wasn’t built for speed in the first place.
The Scion xB is slowly making a comeback. The 2015 xB may not be much of a game changer and it still has a few rough spots to clean out but it is a very good choice for people living and driving within the city.
It’s fuel economy and after market value alone makes it a reasonable purchase. Add in smooth handling and reasonable dimensions and you’ve got a vehicle well worth its tag price.
To learn more about Scion xB, visit the official Scion website.
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