We bought this car because my 80yr old parents could easily get in and out of this car easily. There is enough headroom that my father could even wear his Stetson hat! Not many cars have that much head room, and there was plenty of room in the front seat or the back seat for his long legs! We have had this car for over 8 years, and the only thing it has needed was a new battery, which is pretty good for over 100,000 miles on it.
Buy an XB if you want amazing interior leg room in a small wagon, a smooth ride with the automatic model, and an interior that can go completely flat from dashboard to rear hatch to create comfortable sleeping space. Can do just one side like that, as well, if one person wants to drive and one person wants to sleep. This car is so, so roomy inside, and yet it's so small, really, that you often can't see it in parking lots. It can be a real workhorse, too, because the interior seat configuration that can flatten out on one side or both and you can throw lumber inside, surfboards, bikes, animal kennels - whatever. Very versatile.
Only negatives I can think of are: 1) it rides low to the ground, so if you so much as drive up too far in a parking space and hit the cement stopper, you may cosmetically damage your front bumper (have done). Also, there is somewhat of a blind spot over driver's left shoulder (which I suppose is normal in a lot of cars),
Good little car for getting around town. Can haul 4 thirty-three gallon garbage bins to the dump. Noisy ride, can also feel every bump in the road. Rear panel obstructs view, especially on the right side, contributed to a small fender bender of "the other car". With some improvements I would have bought another one, but since Toyota is not making the line any more, I am out looking for a replacement.
I love this car. That being said, it is a practical everyday vehicle which has good headroom for taller folks. It would be a great commuter car. The gas mileage is good but not outstanding. You can't beat the price or the value it holds down the road. Well, built, reliable transportation.
great little short distance commuter.
nice simple interior.
simple easy to clean exterior.
smooth auto trans.
nice strong 2.4 engine.
very reliable once you replace or update its weak cooling system and weak brakes.
strong a/c system.
cheaply built car.
cheap interior pieces.
mpg is only so so.
paint and exterior trim is weak.
suspension is a little bumpy.
not a long distance freeway car.
can't take abuse
got this for about 6800.00 cash.
the cheaper you get it the better. then upgrade the weak cooling system and braking system. runs about 600.00. if you can afford it. move up to a 2010 and up used model. they were more reliable cars.
simple econ-box car. great go to the grocery store or hardware store car. always starts. never has let me down. especially since i upgraded the brakes and cooling system.
2007-2009 had a few issues. so do your homework before buying these years. weak parts of these years were the cooling system. they also go through batteries. the brakes and paint and trim were weak on some of these 2007-2009 models. so be prepare to inspect the car very very carefully. also some people complained of excessive oil on these early 2.4 engines. but it was rare. but check the oil and dipstick level just to be safe. also smell the automatic transmission oil on these early XB models. it should have no burnt smell to it. none