2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test

2008 Scion xB: Spin Me Right 'Round

June 06, 2008

It's been a good many months and at least 8,000 miles since we last gave an update on our Scion xB's long-term fuel economy. I have to report that we haven't improved our numbers. In fact, we've done a little worse than our last reported figures. Lifetime average is now at 23.5 mpg (down from 23.9), just half a point below the EPA combined estimate of 24...

Not great, not bad, just what's expected.

I also wanted to take a moment to praise the xB's air conditioning/heating vents on the dash. They’ve won my HVAC heart for the following reasons:

> They can be closed completely.
> They can rotate 360 degrees, making directional airflow fantastically adjustable.
> Operation is smooth and the plastic feels high-quality.

It's a seemingly small thing, but getting the cold or hot air blowing in just the right direction can be the difference between a comfortable, road-focused driver and a road-weary grouch. Plus it's fun to spin the vents 'round and 'round at stoplights to pass the time. Like a record, baby...

Bryn MacKinnon @ 19,120 miles

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