...A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a four-speed automatic with automanual control is optional. In performance testing, an automatic-equipped xB hustled from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. Given the xB's compact dimensions and four-cylinder power, fuel economy is underwhelming, clocking in at 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway, or 24 mpg combined. Safety: The 2009 Scion xB comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Unlike its Scion xD sibling, however, the xB does not have active front head...
...The chairlike front seats provide good forward views, and thanks to the wide rear-door windows there's good over-shoulder visibility that's not compromised by the huge D- pillars . Backseat room is impressive, especially when you consider the small shadow that the xB casts; there's more room in the xB's backseat than in some midsize cars. Like the front seats, the rear bench's appearance is rather unremarkable, but its relaxed backrest angle and soft seat cushioning — combined with loads of headroom — make for a comfortable spot. Even the middle seat provides decent comfort. You do...
...You can drive an xB off the lot, extremely well-equipped even in base form, for well under twenty thousand dollars, which is pretty hard to beat.
...First and 2nd gear are what car reviewers call "short," which means two things: One, you have to shift from 1st into 2nd gear sooner than you would in some other cars; and two, 2nd-gear starts are really easy. In winter, a 2nd-gear start can come in handy, so to me, that's a good trait. On the flip side, this suggests that 1st gear is lower than it needs to be, and having taller gears could improve the xB's mileage, which is an EPA-estimated 22/28 mpg city/highway. Because of its large, 2.4-liter engine, it probably couldn't match competitors like the Soul and Cube, but the xB could have...
...optional metal finishes 16-inch wheels standard, 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels optional Interior It's got a center-mounted speedometer that some find hard to read. The gauges are red, which is easy on the eyes at night but hard to see during the day. Beyond that, the interior is fairly standard, with a lot of cargo room when the rear seat is folded. 160-watt Pioneer audio system with iPod connectivity and auxiliary port 60/40-split rear seat has three-point seat belts and head restraints for three occupants Standard air conditioning Standard cruise control Under the hood Toyota's workhorse...
...The backseat space is great. The seats move forward or back, which gives you more flexibility as your kids grow. The Latch connectors are easily accessible, and three booster seats fit back there, as long as they're skinny. Rear-facing infant seats and convertible child-safety seats would fit just fine in the backseat, too. My kids didn't have any problems buckling their seat belts on their own. In case your baby's 6 feet tall, the spacious headroom will keep your young pup happy. A tray under the backseat is a great storage space for that recently wrapped gift you don't want getting smashed...
I've never been a fan of the J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Survey, because it never seems to offer enough time for drivers to get used to a car and figure out... read more March 18, 2011 by John Curran
If you thought the stretched "Cartel" xB was weird, you're in for a treat: the Spongebob Squarepants-esque The Squid Scion xB by The Salty Dogs. Wrapped in a wild custom... read more November 2, 2010 by Nelson Ireson
The floodgates have opened and live photos are flowing out of the SEMA show floor, with these images of a wacky "Stretched Out Cartel" Scion xB among the first. In addition... read more November 2, 2010 by Nelson Ireson
So have you seen the restyled Scion xB for 2011? No? Well, you might have scene a new one on the television or maybe even at the local dealer near campus and just not notice... read more March 17, 2010 by Jonathan McGrew 1
For 2010, the controversial and box-like Scion xB improves on its second generation revisions (which were made two years ago) and adds a few upgrades to its audio system... read more March 16, 2010 by Robert Dillman 6