2008 Scion xB Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Scion xB - Road Test Specs

2008 Scion xB Wagon

(2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2008
Style4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$15,650
As-tested MSRP$19,721


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeinline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2362cc (144 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)158 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)162 @ 4,000
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearTorsion beam
Steering typeElectric power steering
Tire brandBridgestone Turanza
Tire modelAll-season
Tire typeall season
Tire size, frontP205/55R16
Tire size, rearP205/55R16
Wheel size16 X 6.5
Wheel materialsteel
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - Rear disc
Brakes, reardisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.3
0-60 mph (sec.)8.6
0-75 mph (sec.)12.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.6 @ 83.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.3
@ Full throttle (dB)73.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsQuicker in Drive than using manual shifting. Best run was with mild brake torque at about 2,000 rpm. Traction control turns itself back on at 30 mph. The 2.4-liter is a huge improvement over the old 1.5-liter powertrain and not nearly as burdened.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsGood pedal feel considering the segment. Consistent feel from run to run despite the stench of its low-mileage brakes.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsElectronically limited. Stability control takes away throttle at the limit. Skid pad becomes a stab and steer operation. Quite confident in the slalom, especially considering this vehicle's lack of performance focus. Decent steering feel and response. Reasonably flat cornering.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)65.4
Wind (mph, direction)3

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/28 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)Not available
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,086 (3,100 as tested)
Length (in.)167.3
Width (in.)69.3
Height (in.)63.0
Wheelbase (in.)102.4
Turning circle (ft.)34.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)38.0
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)41.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)21.7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)69.9


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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