2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test


2008 Scion xB: Fuel Economy and Service

December 07, 2007

2008 Scion xB -- Brent Romans

I tallied up our 2008 Scion xB's fuel economy today. After 10,000 miles, we averaged 23.9 mpg. Our best tanks have typically been about 29 mpg while the worst drop down to about 19 mpg. The EPA estimate for this vehicle is 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway... The EPA combined average is 24 mpg.

Due to a smallish fuel tank and a Chicken Little gauge, the xB's range has been a little disappointing. We've exceeded 300 miles just once. And opting for the manual transmission in the xB makes no difference in fuel economy – the EPA says it's also 22/28 mpg.

Meanwhile, we took our xB in for its 10,000-mile service today. It included an oil change and tire rotation. We've yet to pick it up, but there should be no surprises – the first two services for the Scion (this one and our earlier 5K service) are complimentary.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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