2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test


2008 Scion xB: Car As Accessory

February 21, 2008

2008 Scion xB

One of the best things about our Scion xB is its optional head unit with iPod interface.

You can hook up directly to an iPod connector that will charge your iPod as it plays or if you have another brand of music player, you also have the choice of using an AUX port.

The graphics in the xB's system mimic those on the iPod, that is, the older iPods at the time it was created. The navigation wheel is displayed on the screen... But now, a new generation of iPods look and function differently. I used to have an iPod mini, but now I have an iPod Touch.

I was interested to see how my new iPod would respond to the xB's iPod connection.

Well, both car and iPod were momentarily confused but the xB got over it. When I hooked up my iTouch, the Scion's audio system responded by telling me to check my connection. It took three tries of pushing the iPod button on the xB's display before it gave in and started to play music.

Likewise, my iTouch thinks that I hooked up an accessory to it, like a speaker system. It goes into accessory lockdown and I can no longer control music from the iTouch. I can still advance through songs from the xB display and steering wheel but I'm locked out of my iPod.

2008 Scion xB

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 13,262 miles

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