Sedona bound - 2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test

2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test

2008 Scion xB: Sedona bound

March 28, 2008

Photo by Tracy Edmunds

No, we weren't on a mission to see a Korean-made minivan. We left Phoenix in our 2008 Scion xB and headed north on Interstate 17 to Sedona, Arizona, otherwise known as red rock country. This freeway climbs up several grades, so we weren't expecting to set any fuel economy records.

But it did turn out to be a good test of the enlarged xB's 2.4-liter engine. In a word, it was great (in the dimminutive family-hauler sense of the word.) Even with 4 people and luggage stuffed into every nook, the Scion was able to blast up 6% grades at 75 mph, the speed limit for much of the way. Pulling out to pass semis was never an issue, and the Sport mode on the xB's automatic worked like a champ.

Luggage space seems to be OK for short trips like this, but the Scion would be too small for our annual Christmas trip. It'll hold 4 carry-on suitcases, my laptop case, my wife's bag of "products" and a couple of pillows, but not much else. The girls are used to surrounding themselves with a lot of stuff on trips like this, but Shelby, my oldest, said she felt cramped.

Still, the Scion xB is working out well for this trip.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 15,994 miles (Thursday, March 27)

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