Ugly but GREAT
By Mark on
2006 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
Ok, the 2006 xb is ugly but because of that design the interior space is amazing! My wife averages 31 mpg in daily commuter driving including stop-and-go traffic. The interior feels cheap and the ride is stiff. You sit very high for a small car which improves visibility. Not much power from the 1.5 liter engine but who cares with that gas mileage. Very cheap to purchase new, only costing $15,000 with the optional cruise and armrest. The rear liftgate is the entire height of the car so its a bit awkward to open. The cruise control is awful to use as it drops 3 to 5 mpg before engaging, but once it does it works fine. This is the best car for the money and thats why the resale is so high
The 1.5 liter engine from Toyota is one of the most reliable engines ever produced. The 31 mpg for an automatic family commuter is fantastic. With the rear seats down we have hauled most household items including a new chair and ottoman.
Toyota tried to improve the design by lowering the profile but at the expense of interior cargo space and mileage. The new one is longer which adds to the limited rear "trunk" space. The factory tires performed poorly in the rain and snow and our xb routinely spun out from a stop.