The 2009 Scion xB is a four-door crossover wagon that includes a lengthy list of standard features. A carryover from the previous model year, the Scion xB is uniquely styled with a boxy, low slung exterior. Affordably priced, the xB is primarily marketed as competition for models like the Subaru Impreza, to the younger market. However, mature buyers will find that the five-passenger wagon is easily customizable to fit their specific needs.
Under the hood, the Scion xB is equipped with a 158 horsepower 2.4L I4. No other engine options are available. Nevertheless, buyers can choose from either a five-speed manual transmission with overdrive or a four-speed automatic with overdrive. With 162-lbs per foot of torque, the xB is moderately powered. Front stabilizer bars, electric rack and pinion power steering, and vehicle stability control are all included as well. With 22 city MPG and 28 highway MPG, the Scion xB has impressive fuel efficiency, but those that are expecting hybrid equivalency should look elsewhere.
Inside, a great number of standard features are included, along with numerous optional additions. Power door locks, remote keyless entry, digital clock, and rear privacy glass are all standard. Buyers can upgrade to features like a silver dash applique, illuminated door sills featuring the Scion badging, several shifter knob options, and a remote start system, among other additions. A Pioneer Premium Sound System can be added with MP3 capabilities and XM Satellite Radio. A navigation system can be included too.
Buyers can pick from a long list of exterior modifications as well. A spoiler can be added, while a carbon fiber window trim is available also. However, one of the most unique features of the Scion brand is the ability to customize a purchase with body kits and other aftermarket features directly at the dealership. Scion offers a Five Axis Body Lip Kit for the xB that includes a rear skirt, front lip, and left and ride side rockers. Several grille inserts are available as well.
Base priced at around $15,750, the 2009 Scion xB is only available in one trim. Nonetheless, with the numerous options, buyers will soon find that having everything they want will end up costing a great deal. But, the younger buyer that is looking for a car that reflects their personality and taste will find that the Scion xB is a great match. For the consumer that simply wants a no-hassles straight-from-the-factory model, he or she should steer clear of the Scion lots.