It is small outside but huge inside, and designed in minimalist style. It gets fabulous mileage and requires extremely little maintenance. It is a brilliant, elegant design, and is really a Toyota! When it first came out, it was a funny looking best kept secret of quality assurance. I drove many Zipcars in 2006 and bought my favorite, but a new one. The XB was hands down best for being cheap, fun, hauling junk, and getting great mileage. I also think ANY car is better with manual transmish. Lots of room inside thanks to the high square shape. A little truck really. And by now a cult classic too. It's the boxiest. Still love it, but I get a company car now and must sell.
It is very easy to get in/out, big opening in doors. Has has plenty of room for people and stuff. It's not as big as mini-van but has more/same as many cross-overs. It drives handles well, easy to park. Gas mileage is 26-29 overall. Probably like a Mini-Cooper.
If you drive a Scion XB, you cannot drive anything else! I'm a converted Honda/Acura lover.. It is very comfortable to drive for long distances (12+hrs alone). Since the drivers seat sits upright, and not back like a car. So it's comfortable and also easy to drive. There isn't a lot of "get up and go" or big "OOPMH" behind it.. So if you're in the mountains, or driving up steep hills a lot, and in a hurry to go over 30mph.. you may want to get something more powerful. But once it's going, it goes! The engine runs quietly. There is TONS of room in the car. People are constantly impressed with the space I have. I've never run out of room. I can pack up for a trip and even bring my dog without a space issue. Only thing I wish it had that it doesn't, a light in the front of the car. The only one is in the back.. Also I'd love a sunroof! I've heard these cars last forever & that people don't ever get rid of them.. that Scion is like a cult.. But I agree, I get it! When this one is done.. I'll get another XB! I'm in the Scion cult for life now!