January 21, 2009
My sister and her kids decided to come to LA at the last minute to spend a couple of days at Disneyland. Just because I live in LA doesn't mean I know my way around Anaheim.
I readily grabbed the keys to the xB not only because it was the only car available, but it had a nav system to help me get around D-Land. I know how to get to the park, but how to get to my sister's hotel and places around it I have no clue.
Getting there was a snap. I had a lot of fun and I took a spin on the Tea Cups with my niece after she begged me for a really long time. I'm not a fan of the ride but I couldn't refuse her. After a few nauseating spins the torture was over and I had a great rest of the afternoon. Until I had to leave, that is.
January 05, 2009
Our giant jogging stroller spent much of my holiday break in the back of the xB, partly because we needed it for various outings and partly because I was too lazy to take it out. I was impressed by how well the stroller fit in the 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space that's available with the rear seats up. Just had to take the front wheel off (which we have to do with most of the cars we put it in) and slide it into the nice, tall space. It tucked right in there with no groaning, angling or cursing necessary. As you can probably see, there wasn't a millimeter to spare, but the rear hatch didn't crunch it at all. And we were able to store plenty of additional cargo in the nooks and crannies in and around the stroller when necessary. Trips to the grocery store and carrying unexpected holiday gifts weren't a problem, as long as they weren't very large or long. Overall, a very convenient companion for our family of three.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 31,833 miles
December 08, 2008
With the winter solstice nearly upon us, the short days create more darkness in which to approach the Scion xB, helping its nifty illuminated door sills stand out (a $249 option if you want to pay to help advertise the brand). Our xB has a number of luminous options, but the standard digital speedo turns out to be the one of the few welcome and functional items.
The multi-market friendly, center-mounted gauges mounted high on the church-pew dash puts the
digital speedo in a perfect spot for keeping an eye on your velocity. The digital fad that
erupted in the eighties thankfully disappeared for a while as real gauges made a comeback. It
didn't help that those early fluorescent setups, especially at night, tended to be more
blinding than informative. They might find some purchase again if they're half as legible and
well placed as the xB's.
November 24, 2008
Of all the cars in our lot, the Scion xB is one of the best in terms of easy ingress/egress. The door opening is huge -- big enough for a Yeti with a glandular problem, I'd say. The step-up is low, nearly at curb height, but therein lies the problem...
When opening the door for my passenger (yes, gentlemen, you should still be opening the car door for a lady), the low-slung door unceremoniously scrapes along almost any sidewalk. Even with the weight of my waif-like sprite of a passenger, the door still acted more like a kickstand, forcing me to give the door handle a bit of a lift to pivot it shut. I'm guessing this is a bad idea, since the plastic door handle could only support so much weight, but what's a guy to do?
Parking further away from the curb would earn me a ticket in the People's Republic of California. Adding a few hundred pounds of ballast under the driver's seat is, well, just plain stupid. Taking a grinder to the corner of the door would cure it, but I think that would get me banned from future car access. Had Scion created a radius on the corner this probably wouldn't be such a problem. I suppose after a few thousand openings like this, it will develop a dog ear anyways, albeit a much less atrractive solution.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 30,615 miles
November 11, 2008
Like having three knob/three button HVAC controls and...
October 16, 2008
Something that isn't a big deal to most but that I'm not too keen on on our 2008 Scion xB: the doors sound tinny when slammed shut. You don't get that reassuring solid thunk but one that echos and seems to reverberate the car's frame. I have a Corolla and have been in other Toyotas and Scions before, but this is the first time I've noticed this characteristic. I can't chalk this up to the xB being an economy car as other econocars I've tried before don't sound/feel this cheap. In any case, it makes me wonder what exactly causes it to be like that.
But really, there's nothing like a good door-slamming car.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor
July 14, 2008
The Scion xB is kind of like the automotive equivalent of the Rorschach inkblot test . Different people see different things when they look at it. This became clear to me after a conversation I had with my neighbor this weekend.
We'd crossed paths in my apartment building's carport. He'd asked about the xB, and I was telling him how roomy its interior is. He described the xB as a "really cool SUV." That threw me. I mean, sure, it makes sense that people would cross-shop the xB against compact SUVs, because it's of a similar size and offers similar amounts of cargo room -- we even published a post that offered some relevant specs for those interested in running comparisons. But I didn't think that people looking at the boxy little Scion would ever actually mistake it for a sport utility vehicle.
When the members of the Edmunds.com data team look at the xB, they see a compact wagon -- that's how this Scion is categorized on the Edmunds site. I mentioned this to my neighbor, and his jaw dropped; clearly, the xB doesn't fit his definition of a wagon. Our data team defines a wagon as "a car with a roof line that extends past the rear doors in addition to having four doors and rear quarter windows." To make the SUV cut, a vehicle needs to have higher ground clearance -- a minimum of 5.7 inches. The xB comes in at 5.1 inches.
Others consider the Scion xB a hatchback. What do you see when you look at the xB?
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 20,545 miles
July 09, 2008
Just about a month ago, James Riswick made it known that the Scion Xb's giant nearly vertical windshield had cracked. It was a dime-sized chip with some spider-webbing that was most likely caused by an errant rock...that or a jealous ex-girlfriend with a ball-peen hammer and limited arm strength.
Recently the Mini Cooper S, which is a loaner from the manufacturer, had its window replaced by the dealer at the fantastic cost of 1,231.67 USD. We own the Xb so we ditched the dealer (who quoted us $1,300) and called Glass Doctor. Not only did they come to us, something the Mini dealer surely did not, but they were done quicker and only charged $443.73.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 20,000 miles
June 08, 2008
There's plenty to like about the redesigned xB - Toyota knows there's beauty in the details. I like how the Scion logo on each wheel has a sculpted metal look. It doesn't bother me that the center piece is really plastic but I'd be really bummed as a Scion owner if the paint began flaking off that plastic piece with just 19,000 miles on the clock like it is on our car. Every center cap but one on our long termer is doing the same thing to some degree...
Hopefully Scion will replace at no charge.
Brian Moody, Road Test Editor @ 19,863 miles,
June 05, 2008
Oops, there I go again. I mean, the xB has a crack. Like our Mini Cooper's, the Scion xB's upright windshield has become victim of some errant road debris...
This one is more like the Edge's, but it's more of a web-like mini shatter pattern than the Ford's less severe-looking spider-crack. I'm not sure what caused the xB's, it was there when I got in it. We'll add it to our shopping list at Apple Autoglass.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 19,029 miles
April 14, 2008
So last weekend I'm in a parking lot unloading a bike out of the xB when...
A guy in a car clear across the street screams this unsolicited commentary at me:
"Hey, what color is that? Blecht Green?"
I looked at the ugly box, looked back at him and screamed back "Yup, Blecht Green. With orange peel."
It was one of those weekends.
Senior road test editor @ more miles than ast time.