While it was one of the forerunners of the boxy car movement, the Scion xB has languished behind rivals since the introduction of a second-generation model for 2008. Still, its upright shape and high driving position have won it fans who want the space of an SUV but fewer of an SUV's drawbacks.
Toyota's familiar 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 162 horsepower powers the xB, and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. A single trim level includes plenty of standard features: power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; air conditioning; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; 16-inch steel wheels; and a six-speaker audio system with auxiliary and USB inputs, and Bluetooth.
The xB has no factory-installed options, but can be customized with a long list of dealer-installed accessories that include alloy wheels, a satellite radio, suspension and audio upgrades, and exterior graphics.
The xB's age shows in various ways. An automatic transmission with only four speeds, for instance, doesn't help its mediocre fuel economy. But few boxy competitors are as spacious and practical as the Scion, and its relatively low price and long list of personalization accessories means it can attract a wide array of shoppers.