2005 Scion xB Consumer Review: Can It Replace a Camaro SS?

2005 Scion xB - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Can It Replace a Camaro SS?
By Willie McCraney on


2005 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


I bought my xB in MD after totaling my Camaro SS. I must have had a concussion, this is not my usual choice of car. I drove it 800 miles home to Alabama at freeway speeds and got over 30 mpg! I am now averaging +/- 34 mpg, up to 40. I added cruise-control. My only concern is the rough ride because of the lowered suspension and low-sidewall tires. I am considering putting the original springs back on it to improve ride. I may also mount 70 series tires on it for better comfort. This car is bulletproof. The upright windshield is a 'rock magnet' though. Also a computer glitch has set a false 'check engine' code, which the dealership in Alabama is trying to track down. All systems are OK.

Best Features

The exterior design, Onyx Blue color, HUGE capacity with the seats down, super space for large passengers in the rear seat, peppy performance, good handling, how it uses NO oil between changes, and the responsive local dealership.

Worst Features

Give it a smoother ride.
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