Which Would You Choose? - 2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test

2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test

2008 Scion xB: Which Would You Choose?

January 15, 2008

Scion xB in Glendale, Ariz. -- Photo by James Riswick

The Scion xB falls into its own little category. Is it a wagon? Not really... Is it a hatchback? Sorta. Is it a crossover SUV? Certainly not. Whatever it is, though, it provides an interesting alternative to all those segments -- especially the latter. Below, I've put the xB against several compact-ish crossovers, plus a midsize pair for fun. I included stats I figured were pretty important to a crossover purchase: maximum cargo volume (behind front seats), combined EPA fuel economy and base price for front-wheel-drive models with the smallest engine available and an automatic. I didn't have 0-60 times for all of them, so I left power out of the equation, but that is certainly a factor to consider.

What would you choose and which of the three criteria I've selected is most important to you?

Scion xB graph
* - Includes $1,550 federal tax credit
** - Includes $3,000 federal tax credit
(Update: The Murano's base price was announced yesterday to be $27,075)

James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 12,076 miles

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