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2008 Scion xB Review Redding 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 Redding.

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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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