Proud owner of a 2004 Orange Scion xB. NOTE: Scion only made 2100 orange xB, they are indeed rare... and if you are looking to get an orange one used is your only option. Naturally expect to pay a premium for rarity and extra feature only on orange xB, referred to as RS1's (relese series 1). I have a 5-speed (which tends to be harder to find in general among all Scions). Acceleration is average with the 5-speed. Below average with the auto (adds 1.5 sec to 0- 60 time). Stanadrd features are very adequate for most, option accessories tend to be pricey. Non-negotable price on EVERYTHING no exceptions lead most to order vehicles and wait rather picking one off lot. I would recommend this car to anyone except speed demons.
Design, some say ugly I say smart and efficent. The Space, all I can say it sit in one and you will know, simply unbelievable and I'm 6 foot and 300lbs. Grassroots fanbase of Scions are amazing... check out scionlife.com and similar sites. Lastly... The value, reliabilty, and resell $ is unbeaten.
Toyota needs to use more durable paint. I have never seen paint chip and flake so easily. I also would suggest getting more accurate EPA MPG data. Very very few owners I have spoke with manage over 30 MPG or over even when they baby the vehicles. Its not uncommon to get better city MPG than highway.
This is the most fun I've had driving a vehicle at this price point. It is unexpectedly peppy. The interior space is quite surprising and roomy. Gas mileage is excellent (around 30mpg). The sound system (6 CD changer) is amazing. It is like driving a huge boom box.
Handling is quick and responsive.Interior room is more than ample for my needs.
Cruise control would be welcomed. Some additional amenities such as larger visor mirrors and better interior lighting would be an improvement.
The car is very nimble and has
suprisingly good pick-up for a V-4 and
smaller liter size. The car has a
great look and is eye pleasing. In
fact the only problem other than
outside noise when driving is everyone
looking at you. That may not be a bad
thing for some people. If you decide
to put on 18 inch or 19 inch rims make
sure you put on super tires. This can
really cause a rough ride on bumpy
roads or cause your rims to bend if
tires are cheap. I recommend Pirelli's
and smooth roads.
Design, Maneuveribility,Gas mileage.
Outside noise(road noise), better
suspension, turbo version of the Scion.