November 11, 2008
Like having three knob/three button HVAC controls and...
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
December 10, 2007
The Scion xB's seating position is low -- so low I could almost feel the tarmac scorching the backs of my thighs as I spent time behind the wheel this weekend. Every time I fired up the engine, I found myself reflexively trying to adjust the seat, to make it sit just a little bit higher. The low position felt strange at first, but I got used to it with no worries. Still, if you're the type of driver who likes having a perch with commanding views, the xB will leave you disappointed... Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 10,440 miles
November 07, 2007
For one reason or another I had yet to drive the xB up until last night. As one of the few editors who actually like the xB’s new look, it was about time I got behind the wheel. First impression? Feels huge inside, even for my 6-foot-2 frame... I don’t mind the low seating position either as it makes the xB feel less like an SUV and more like a small car. It gets up pretty good for a four-cylinder as you get a big surge of power from a stop. It runs out of steam pretty quickly, but given the relatively large size of the xB it’s hard to complain.
The rubbery steering is the only real flaw that I found. It’s typical economy car stuff so I wasn’t surprised. I could do without the center-mount gauges too, but I think they'll bother me less after some additional seat time. Overall, a good first impression for a relatively inexpensive car.