2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test


2008 Scion xB: Arizona Rocks!

March 28, 2008

Day one of our Arizona Spring Break tour ended with a bang and an expletive. We were travelling North on Loop 101 in Glendale, Az, within 5 miles of our first stop, when a loud "crack" sounding like an over-enthusiastic billiard shot startled the four of us.

A plumber's van a car-length ahead in the next lane had kicked up a stone. There was no avoiding it. I guess now we'll get to see how much a new 2008 Scion xB windshield costs.

Throughout the day we'd been cruising Interstate 10 from SoCal to Phoenix, and the Scion's windshield (and grille, and bumper, and headlights) had proved to be the final resting place for hundreds of bugs. I'm not sure if our ersatz entomology collection was so complete because of it being Spring or because of the xB's snub nose and somewhat upright windshield. The rock sure hit it a ton.

We had been cruising the freeway at 75 mph all day. Other than a bit of wind noise and a somewhat "short" and busy freeway ride, the xB garnered no serious complaints from the crew. Three stops dragged our average speed down to an even 70 mph. At the 261.0-mile mark, we added 9.32 gallons for a 28.0 mpg average. 30 mpg fuel economy seems possible, but we'd have to cruise at 65 mph to get that, I think.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle testing @ 15,775 miles (Wednesday, March 26)

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