Chivalry at a Price? - 2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test

2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test

2008 Scion xB: Chivalry at a Price?

November 24, 2008


Of all the cars in our lot, the Scion xB is one of the best in terms of easy ingress/egress. The door opening is huge -- big enough for a Yeti with a glandular problem, I'd say. The step-up is low, nearly at curb height, but therein lies the problem...

When opening the door for my passenger (yes, gentlemen, you should still be opening the car door for a lady), the low-slung door unceremoniously scrapes along almost any sidewalk. Even with the weight of my waif-like sprite of a passenger, the door still acted more like a kickstand, forcing me to give the door handle a bit of a lift to pivot it shut. I'm guessing this is a bad idea, since the plastic door handle could only support so much weight, but what's a guy to do?

Parking further away from the curb would earn me a ticket in the People's Republic of California. Adding a few hundred pounds of ballast under the driver's seat is, well, just plain stupid. Taking a grinder to the corner of the door would cure it, but I think that would get me banned from future car access. Had Scion created a radius on the corner this probably wouldn't be such a problem. I suppose after a few thousand openings like this, it will develop a dog ear anyways, albeit a much less atrractive solution.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 30,615 miles

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