2008 Scion xB: Which Would You Choose?
January 15, 2008
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?
* - 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