NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels are too high, the manual transmission has throws that are long and clunky in between gears and the car is generally loud at speed. This car feels like the base model it is. When you close the doors there is a loud clang that resonates through the entire car from lack of sound insulation in the roof, my family and I now make a joke out of it as each one of us that climbs in the car must shout clang after they close the door, it's a sort of bonding experience. I've been in a 2013 / 14 and the NVH levels seem to be much much better. That being said this car is very practical in terms of space and is bulletproof in terms of reliability.
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.
2015 Scion xBJohn F - Sacramento, CA11/29/2016
Surprisingly fast. Hugs road like sports car. Went into center ditch at 70 mph and stability control kept car upright and in line back on highway. Saved my bacon! Terrific in wet weather. Traction control and amazing ABS brakes maintain safety. Love upright seating position, backup camera omits blind spot, cavernous inside, 32+ mpg on highway cruise, killer stereo, super smooth transmission, not even a burned out bulb so far.
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