2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test

2008 Scion xB: Good Underhood

September 05, 2007

The Scion xB's new 2.4-liter engine makes a world of difference.

I never expected to like the 2008 Scion xB as much as I do. Never mind that the new 2.4-liter engine is similar to that of the Toyota Camry. A 50-percent increase in horsepower and 2.4 liters of fury are good for the xB because:

Never again does one have to scribble "pass that truck" on one's Day Planner. Just roll onto the throttle and scoot ahead.

The automatic transmission isn't forced to constantly kick-down a gear for merging and other such tasks.

There is much less commotion coming from underhood... Driving the 2008 xB is a more serene experience.

But there is a dark side to all of this: Fuel economy drops. But the recent change in EPA measurement methods make the situation look worse than it really is.

Converting the old xB's ratings to 2008-equivalent figures, city mileage for the 2008 Scion xB with an automatic drops from 26 to 22 mpg. Highway economy falls from 31 to 28 mpg.

Simultaneous cake ownership and consumption are specifically prohibited.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 6,043 miles


  • troytali troytali Posts:

    I disagree. I had the 2011, auto trans, and it nearly always had to downshift to pass, climb ANY hill. The 5-speed manual I have now is better, but not by much. Gear ratios WAY too wide. To be fair, once it hits about 4k rpm, it wakes up fairly well. I have about 44k miles on it now. Car needs the same, or better power figures from the tC.

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