The front and back end designs are poor. The front end drags on anything too high, pulls the front end bumper and grill off very easily. Then, the plastic fasteners break, leaving the front end hanging. Pushed back in, even the wind can pull it off. Dangerous. Should be a recall.
I have long been a Toyota fan and loved this little "xbox" from the get go. I purchased mine a year ago and I have really enjoyed it. I am a big guy and I find that most cars are uncomfortable and cramped. Not so with this one!!! I can sit in the front or back and have plenty of head and leg room. I work as a REALTOR and all of my clients are surprised by the roominess of my xB. Mine has the TRD cold air intake and exhaust, so I have improved horsepower and gas mileage. I average about 30 in town and I have gotten 38 on the highway, while loaded with 4 people, and luggage, driving at 80 mph. This car had my full approval and gets a great big thumbs up!!!
Power windows, power locks, pioneer stereo system, passenger room, cargo room, GAS MILEAGE.
I looked at Honda, Hyundai and Toyota cars and suv's and the xb won hands down. My local dealers didn't have any in stock so I found mine at seeger Toyota in St. Louis, mo. I flew in and my salesman even picked me up at the airport and was truly a great guy that had my xb washed and full of fuel. I am in my 50s and own and drive street rods and race cars I still have a blast driving my little"xbox" I also get a chuckle out of the other old guys that don't get it.
The gauge pod and all the cubby holes for maps,glasses and stuff not to mention all of the space for my Mastiff to ride in style and comfort.
The front bumper lower valance is too easy to damage and thats easy to forgive.
My 2006 Scion xB is definitely a "fun car" to own and drive. It fits me like a comfortable pair of shoes, handles reasonably well -- no, exceptionally well for a car of its size, engine & transmission -- in both city traffic and on the interstates, and never fails to elicit comments even from complete strangers. When I pay attention to the tach, I can generally get almost 30 mpg in stop and go city traffic, barring a complete traffic jam, and almost 34 mpg on long trips at sustained speeds up to 75 mph if I keep the tach at or under 3000 rpm.
The zinger when I bought my Scion xB was its headroom. I am 6'3" with most of my height being in my torso; but, lack of headroom is a problem even with most full-size cars. I fit the Scion xB; I can sit up straight in the driver's seat and still several inches headroom.
I agree with the complaint about the faux lowrider trim; the front end snags on most sidewalks and curb bumpers. Raise it or delete it! Toyota relies too heavily on cardboard wheel wells and front bumper supports; even plastic would be better! Put the audio jack on the dash not in the console.
Love this car. I get 31.5 MPG all city driving. Just had first snow fall and this car handles great. I'm 6'4" and 310 lbs and I fit fine in front or back seat. Best small car it you need to hall big people. I have fit 4 6'+ adults.