The cult legend that was the original Scion xB is back in yet another attempt to conquer hearts like it did before. The Scion that we loved passes on many of its popular features to the 2008 Scion Xb launch. Much of the design seems to come from the t2B Concept car, also from Scion. But the car also has narrow headlights and a low and narrow radiator grille as well. Available in 6 different colors, this car somehow has a very different look compared to other cars in the market today. It actually follows the conventional box design, even though the 2008 Scion xB model is slightly tougher and rounder than its predecessor. Does the car score well in other departments?
Toyota is supposedly the world’s largest car manufacturer, but does it rule the roost yet again with the 2008 Scion xB? The original Scion xB had a lovable design with an equally pleasing fuel economy, well above 30 mpg. At about 650 pounds more than the original, the 2008 model is certainly bulky. Many reviewers actually like the car for its brazen un-stylish appearance which seems to claim that its performance is enough to grab eyeballs.
The reasonable pricing is also popular, though the manufacturers seem to be contemplating a price hike. The safety features are standard and reasonable, while the bulky body assures you of a reliable vehicle.
The Scion’s 4 Cylinder engine is quite good, though slightly noisy. Customers feel that the handling is fun and easy, though. The 2008 model is powerful and sturdy with a solid stance. However, it is surprising that old fans of the original Scion were actually looking forward to the same boxy look and are slightly disappointed that the new Scion has tried to look pretty. The interiors are equipped with standard features and the seats are good and there is legroom for all. It is an affordable and compact wagon with excellent safety features that exceeded expectations on crash tests. Overall, the car seems to score at least 8 on a scale of 10. Users describe the car as fun and lively for everyday travel. In all, a chic, compact wagon.
Engine: 3 out of 5….. the car is definitely not a rocket in performance, but scores well for reliability.
Transmission: 3 out of 5…. Easy 5 speed manual transmission, with sequential shift lever.
Handling: 4 out of 5… responsive and fun, good steering and brakes.
Safety: 4 out of 5 … excellent safety features.
Value 4 out of 5… at about $15,000, this car is a great purchase for people who can appreciate an affordable robust family wagon.
Body: 4 door, 5 passenger family wagon.
Engine: 2.4 liter I4 158 HP engine
Transmission: standard 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, optional 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive
Torque: 162 at 4000 (ft-lbs)
Power: 158 at 6000 rpm
Tires: 16 inch, radial, passenger tires, front independent and rear semi-independent suspension.
Verdict: very good family wagon for regular travel. Affordable and sturdy.
For: sturdy stance, styling and interiors.
Against: plastics in interiors.