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2008 Scion xB Review Asheville NC

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 Asheville.

Jim Barkley Scion
(828) 667-8888
777 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC
 
Cox Toyota Scion
(336) 226-6361
2475 N. Church Street
Burlington, NC
 
Rick Hendrick Scion
(910) 868-5071
1969 Skibo 8
Fayetteville, NC
 
Fred Anderson Scion Of Sanfore
(919) 708-5000
3321 Highway 87 South
Sanford, NC
 
Scion Of Concord
(704) 788-2161
7670 Bruton Smith Blvd
Concord, NC
 
Bryan Easler Scion
(828) 693-7261
1409 Spartanburg Highway
Hendersonville, NC
 
Scion Of Elizabeth City
(252) 335-4301
1002 Halstead Blvd
Elizabeth City, NC
 
Scion Of Goldsboro
(919) 778-3232
301 N. Oak Forest Road
Goldsboro, NC
 
Leith Scion
(919) 876-5900
8005 Capital Blvd
Raleigh, NC
 
Massey Scion
(252) 523-6111
4760 Highway 70 West
Kinston, NC
 

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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