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2008 Scion xB Wagon

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  • $15,650 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Scion xB Wagon

The 2008 Scion xB is a good choice for urban dwellers who need a smaller vehicle for easy parking and maneuverability yet need decent fuel efficiency, more cargo space than the typical small car, and a back seat comfortable enough for adults. As with the other Scion models, it comes extremely well equipped--including electronic stability control and a number of safety features--and there are no factory options, with a line of dealer-installed accessories aimed at those who want greater customization.

What's new for 2008?

The very distinctive, boxy Scion xB has been completely redesigned for 2008 and becomes significantly longer and wider, with a more powerful 2.4L engine, increased standard safety features, and upgraded audio systems.

Model Strengths

  • Distinctive shape
  • roomy interior
  • wide range of standard features
  • customization options.

Model Review

The all-new 2008 Scion xB keeps the boxy shape of the former model, but its edges become a little softer and it's a size larger overall. Length is up by about a foot, width by three inches, and wheelbase by four inches.

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The latest version of the xB is the car most identified with Toyota's relentlessly youth-oriented Scion division because of its distinctive boxy styling. But if you don't know about such things as "viral videos," you best look at a more conventional Toyota, such as the Camry.

There was a media preview of the early 2008 Scion xB at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel, where Marilyn Monroe's ghost is said to roam the halls, although she died elsewhere in the early 1960s in the Los Angeles area. Chances are that many media members at the preview wouldn't have recognized her if they passed her because they were born long after she passed away.

Emphasis on Youth
In fact, a good amount of xB preview time was taken up by presentations of how youth-oriented the Scion division is.

"We could take out a big ad in USA Today tomorrow and sell more Scions to older people, but we're not marketing to them. The average age of Scion buyers is 30, which is the youngest in the industry," a Scion official said at the preview.

The official quickly added that Scion welcomes buyers of all ages, but clearly left the impression that people over 30 or so really should opt for a regular Toyota car, SUV or minivan.

Actually, a good number of value-minded retirees and boomers have bought the xB because it's affordable, economical, roomy and easy to enter and drive, besides enjoying Toyota's sparkling reputation for reliability.

Non-Traditional Approach
But Scion says it really wants "young, urban, diverse" customers that seek things new and unique through non-traditional channels that are personal, trusted and authentic."

Scion has been involved with the worlds of hip-hop music, student film, street art and interactive media. It said it won't use mainstream print media or television to advertise the 2008 xB. Rather, it said it will utilize such outlets as offbeat Internet sites and the Scion site.

The xB preview involved driving the car over narrow, winding mountain roads and in heavy L.A. downtown traffic. But the event also involved a Scion headquarters tour and lunch at a Scion art gallery, with Scion-related art (that seemed like a stretch to me).

Models Come and Go
Scion's xA compact 4-door auto has been dropped, leaving the new xB and also-new 2008 xD, also presented at the Hollywood preview. The 2007 tC 2-door coupe is Scion's top seller and may be redesigned in the spring of 2008. (Scion is very secretive about future product plans.)

The xB goes on sale this spring, but the xD isn't scheduled to hit showrooms until August. Unlike the xB, the xD resembles other small Japanese sedans and has a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with 128 horsepower, compared to the xB's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, which produces 158 horsepower and replaces a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder with 103 horsepower.

I drove both the xB and xD, but the latter isn't the subject car here. Suffice it to say that it handles better and has a slicker manual transmission shifter than the xB, although its highway acceleration is marginal.

Scion says Americans wanted an xB with more power and room, although lack of room never has been an issue with the xB.

Nicely Equipped
The xB costs $15,650 with a manual transmission and $16,600 with an automatic. It has a good amount of standard equipment, which includes air conditioning, cruise control, tilt wheel with audio controls and power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry.

Front-seat side airbags and front/rear side-curtain airbags are standard, as are a vehicle stability control system with traction control and anti-lock brakes.

Heavy Customization
The xB lends itself to heavy customization by younger drivers, much to the delight of Scion dealers. Scion says many young drivers customize their Scions with numerous Scion aftermarket accessories. Scion officials said at the preview that some Scion buyers "actually spend more for the car's accessories than they do for the car."

Scion says today's youth are used to customizing their lives-from coffee, cell phone ring tones and digital music players to sneakers and clothes to fit their mood.

"Scion's target buyer has changed the way business is done by demanding personalization and customization in all aspects of their lives," said Scion vice president Mark Templin.

Scions are offered with everything from custom shift knobs and larger alloy wheels with wider tires to upgraded brakes and vehicle lowering kits.

Then there are performance clutches, suspension modification parts for better handling-and so on. And most of that aftermarket stuff isn't cheap.

Changes
The xB has been sold here as a small 4-door car/station wagon/crossover vehicle since the summer of 2003. The 2008 version retains the old version's general look, boxy shape, front-wheel drive and 5-occupant capacity.

But Scion increased the new version's wheelbase by 4 inches, overall length by a foot and width by nearly 3 inches to provide additional space and a more comfortable ride. Wheels are an inch bigger at 16 inches, and brakes are larger.

Automatic Choice
The engine works with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic transmission, rather than a more modern 5-speed automatic. Scion dodged questions about the lack of a 5-speed automatic, saying it "accomplished what we wanted" with the 4-speed. Too bad, because some 70 percent of xB buyers are expected to get the automatic and a more versatile 5-speed unit would enhance performance and fuel economy.

However, the xB's automatic is responsive. The manual transmission shifts crisply, but gets notchy if rushed and works with a light but long-throw clutch.

Estimated fuel economy (lowered by the EPA for all 2008 cars) is 22 mpg in the city and 28 on highways with both manual and automatic transmissions.

Average Highway Performance
The xB is spirited in town but has average passing abilities on highways because it weighs about 3,100 pounds. Steering is quick, and the ride is supple. Handling is good, especially for such a high vehicle, and braking is strong. The xB is generally fun to drive.

Large outside door handles assist entry, and front seats provide good side support when snaking through curves. There's lots of room both front and-most especially-in back. Headroom is astounding. The middle of the back seat is comfortable, which isn't the case with most cars.

Unusual Center Gauges
Occupants sit upright and have a good view of surroundings, but the center-mounted gauges would be easier to read quickly if put directly in front of the driver instead of near the middle of the dashboard.

The large climate controls should be applauded, and other controls are easy to reach and use. Doors have small storage pockets and bottle holders.

The cargo opening is low and wide. The cargo area is spacious and can be made considerably roomier when the rear seatbacks are flipped forward.

The heavy hood is held open by an old-fashioned prop rod, but the neat engine compartment has easily reached fluid filler areas.

Scion must be doing something right. It sold 173,034 cars in America in 2006, up from 156,485 in 2005. However, Scion is a small Toyota operation. For example, Toyota sold 929,052 cars here in 2006, excluding Scions.

But, hey, more than 170,000 annual car sales is nothing to sneeze at. And Scion is pulling in young customers that Toyota hopes to keep in the Toyota family as they age.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
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Scion Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty.*

7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**

*Whichever comes first from date of Scion Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)
**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Scion Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Scion Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Reconditioning and 160-point
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50/Visit

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