2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test


2008 Scion xB: A Good First Impression

November 07, 2007



For one reason or another I had yet to drive the xB up until last night. As one of the few editors who actually like the xB’s new look, it was about time I got behind the wheel. First impression? Feels huge inside, even for my 6-foot-2 frame... I don’t mind the low seating position either as it makes the xB feel less like an SUV and more like a small car. It gets up pretty good for a four-cylinder as you get a big surge of power from a stop. It runs out of steam pretty quickly, but given the relatively large size of the xB it’s hard to complain.

The rubbery steering is the only real flaw that I found. It’s typical economy car stuff so I wasn’t surprised. I could do without the center-mount gauges too, but I think they’ll bother me less after some additional seat time. Overall, a good first impression for a relatively inexpensive car.

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