I'd been driving a '99 Chevy S10, was due for a change and needed something appropriate for carrying a massage table and other items associated with massage and facials. The truck was passable in nice weather, but not the image I wanted to project pulling up into a driveway. I got the black xB, had the windows tinted more, installed black wheels and removed some badging...in my 41 y.o. opinion, it's quite sharp looking! I knew that black would be a nightmare to keep clean vs. the white truck, and it is, but so far it's worth it. It's definately roomy enough for my business needs and comfortable enough for personal needs. I gave it 4 stars for comfort because, let's face it, it's not a high end luxury car...but it is comfortable. The arm rests and window ledge heights are different from the S10, so it's taken me a little while to get used to what to do with my arms when driving, but it's coming together nicely. I drove from Houston to Dallas about a month after I got it, and it was a very pleasant road trip break in for me. I got about 31mpg highway on that trip and am averaging 24ish with mixed driving. My truck was a four cylinder manual transmission, and lacked any amount of get up and go, so the xB seems to me to be quite peppy! From a stop and especially passing, it gets to the speed I'm wanting to go plenty fast enough for me...it's not a race car, but it's pretty quick and surprisingly agile. The automatic tranny has been something to get used to because I've been driving manual for the last 20 years, but that's on me. I don't care for the stereo adjusting volume according to speed, and maybe there's a setting I can change to stop that, but it's not been important enough to follow up on as of yet. I've not found settings for the stereo that I can be happy with for both city and highway driving...the low end seems to completely disappear as the volume goes up. I will likely add a powered sub at some point; I don't need much, but I do like a cleaner, tighter bass response than what the factory setup is delivering...it easily gets muddy at low volumes and disappears at higher volumes. I like the head unit and don't want to change the factory look of the stereo installation, but augmenting a little here and there may be necessary for me.
Great Little Wagon!!
2009 Scion xBdyurko - 07/11/2011
I have had my Scion Xb four months and for the money it is a great little car. Excellent roominess for hauling golf clubs, groceries, camping supplies and the dog. Both my husband and myself are tall people, great leg room in the front and very adequate leg room in the back even with the seats pushed back. Will ride four adults very comfortably. I have a manual transmission and it drives and handles well. It sits low to the ground so watch dips and steep inclines; take them slow and you'll be okay. I couldn't stand the thought of driving a mini van and was tired of SUVs so the Xb was an excellent choice. In the four months I have had it the fuel mileage has been consistently 30 to 30.5 mpg.
2009 Scion xBPortia - Colton, CA07/11/2014
I absolutely love the car, just because of small doesn't mean that it doesn't have a lot of room car is very roomy. Love the engine that they replaced from their 2004 model, really good horsepower.
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