2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test


2008 Scion xB: Nav System News

January 02, 2008

Scion xB Nav System Screen - photo by Warren Clarke

I've used our 2008 Scion xB's navigation system a couple of times in the past, and came away pretty impressed. The setup is incredibly intuitive, and I was able to get the information I needed without any puzzled frowns or head-scratching.

When I used the system yesterday, though, it did something weird. I was preparing to leave for a friend's New Year's Day party deep in the unfamiliar recesses of the Valley, and figured I'd use the nav to get a little help... I entered the address and got a message telling me that the street number I'd entered didn't exist on that street. I double-checked the address and tried again, making sure I hadn't mistyped. Got the same message.

I hadn't left my garage yet, so I shut the car off, went back to my apartment, and got my directions the old-fashioned way -- MapQuest. I also grabbed my camera, so I could take a photo of the nav system's screen for this post. I fired up the engine and entered the address again. This time, though, the nav system was able to locate the address.

Strange. Maybe the nav system had too much champagne the night before, and just needed a little break. Or maybe it just needed a reboot, which it got via my having restarted the engine. Anyway, after that initial drama, it worked just fine in getting me on my way.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 11,340 miles

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