I wanted to give up my 8 cylinder Ford Expedition and go to a 4 cylinder, small format car. Being a professional photographer and amateur carpenter and musician, cargo space was extremely important to me. Being artistic and design oriented, good, unique looks was also important to me. My favorite looking cars are all very square and boxy, and the Scion xB filled all those bills.
I love 95% of everything about this car. It is great fun to drive, holds an enormous amount of cargo for a car that on the outside looks small, and I think the quality is very fine for the price I paid.
My only negatives are these:
1. Milage...It uses gas faster than I wish it did. It gets about 20 -24 mpg. But because it has a small, 12 gallon fuel tank, it can't even go 300 miles on a tank of fuel. I find that disappointing and inconvenient, since I don't enjoy breaking up a long trip with so many fuel stops. I wish it had a 16 gallon tank.
2. It has only a driver's side armrest in the center. None for my passenger, which embarrasses me. And the one that is there for the driver is very small and almost useless. I'm going to find a custom interior place to make me two decent custom armrests.
3. The automatic transmission is only a 4 speed, which is why the milage is not better. If Scion would change to a six speed transmission, as in my daughter's VW New Bug, (also from Car Max) I'm sure the car would get over 30 miles to a gallon.
Even with those three complaints, I love my 2008 Scion xB and I thoroughly enjoyed buying cars from Car Max. They are so good at prepping a used car, that all three of the Car Max cars I have bought look showroom new. I intend to keep buying all my cars there, and I look forward to another, newer xB in the future, hopefully one that will have corrected the three or four things I mentioned. The Scion xB is a great, fun and unique looking car. A great purchase. Happy driving.
It's the newest and lowest mileage car I've had.
2012 Scion xBGayle H - Newark, DE12/31/2015
I had a list of features I was looking for. This is the newest and lowest mileage car with the most technology I've ever had. First time getting a loan and making payments so it had to fit my short term and long term requirements. I had a Honda CRV for 12.5 years as an example. I wanted to be able to sit up and have good visibility through the windows, good gas mileage, be able to fit a bike and cargo in the back with a door that lifts up, not sideways, comfortable seating for me, good overall condition, good handling (especially in the rain), etc. The Scion has those features and it is a manual drive which is fine for me. I can only find one thing I would change is that the exterior frame is low which I am concerned about being dented.
2012 Scion xBBear Abby - Chapel Hill, NC07/17/2015
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.
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