2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test

2008 Scion xB: Back In The Box

December 03, 2007

2008 Scion xB -- Brent Romans

I've been driving our 2008 Scion xB for almost two weeks now. And I'm still not quite sure what I think of it. Rationally, there's a lot to like. It looks distinctive, is roomy, can be fitted with a lot of customizing accessories and has decent pep from the 2.4-liter engine... And lots of people love their first-generation xBs.

Yet when I look at or drive our xB, I'm left feeling largely indifferent. If somebody secretly switched out our xB overnight for a Brand X Chevrolet HHR, Chrysler PT Cruiser or Mazda 3, I certainly wouldn't be broken up about it.

Perhaps the xB lost some of its mojo at the generation switch. When it got bigger, roomier and more powerful, it became more like everything else.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,152 miles

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