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2008 Scion xB Review Chico CA

Here is the help to those ready to buy a new car. Entry-level cars rarely achieve the iconic status of the original Scion xB. Its funky style made a splash for Scion, and it still draws looks today. But five years on, even icons need updates, and Scion took the traditional route of making the new xB bigger, more comfortable and more powerful. Bigger, better, but where's the character? Read on to learn more about the Scion in Chico.

Chuck Patterson Scion
(888) 564-3243
200 east avenue
chico, CA
 
Wondries Scion
(626) 289-8000
1543 west main street
alhambra, CA
 
Scion Of Glendale
(818) 244-4196
1260 south brand blvd
glendale, CA
 
North Bakersfield Scion
(661) 615-1100
19651 industry parkway drive
bakersfield, CA
 
Scion Of Temecula Valley
(951) 694-0575
26631 ynez road
temecula, CA
 
Scion Of Selma
(559) 891-2727
3150 highland avenue
selma, CA
 
Scion 101
(650) 365-5000
525 e.bayshore road
redwood city, CA
 
Scion Chula Vista
(866) 869-5555
650 main street
chula vista, CA
 
Magnussen'S Scion/Palo Alto
(650) 494-2100
690 san antonio road
palo alto, CA
 
South Coast Scion
(949) 722-2000
1966 harbor blvd
costa mesa, CA
 

2008 Scion xB Review

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Introduction

Scion xB - 2008 Review: Entry-level cars rarely achieve the iconic status of the original Scion xB. Its funky style made a splash for Scion, and it still draws looks today. But five years on, even icons need updates, and Scion took the traditional route of making the new xB bigger, more comfortable and more powerful. The style is still funky and modern, and Scion says it listened closely and gave its customers exactly what they wanted. We believe them, as the new xB is better than its predecessor in virtually every way.

So, why do we miss the old car?

What We Drove
Our test xB was a relatively base model sprayed in Hypnotic Teal Mica. With the $580 destination charge the base price came out to $17,180, not bad for a decently sized five-door with 158 horsepower. The only two options were a $155 set of floor mats and Scion's $465 security system, which brought the total to $17,804. Even so, our tester was far from a stripper, and in addition to the usual array of power windows and locks boasted an iPod connector, a good sounding stereo, stability control, cruise control and air conditioning.

Performance
The most welcome change to the xB is the new engine. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder shared with the Scion tC produces 50 more horses than the old engine, and the extra power is evident from a dead stop to passing and everything in between. So is its newfound thirst; we averaged only 21.1 mpg, albeit via some aggressive driving. The four-speed automatic did its best to ruin any fun we tried to have; it's slow to shift, and even in manual mode it up and downshifts whenever it wants. If you're looking for sport, get the stick.

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