Compact space is utilized efficiently and has versatility
Back seat good for more than just seating passenger (wink-wink)
Useless central instrumentation
Weak fuel economy
Missing a good Bluetooth system
The 2011 Scion xB is upgraded with an aggressive new look on the outside and added comfort and convenience features on the inside. Freshened styling of the 2011 xB include changes to the front/rear bumpers, grill, headlights, and taillights.
Inside, driver and front-passenger seats are redesigned with larger bolsters for better comfort and stability. Taller drivers will find plenty of leg- and headroom due to the xB's boxy design. Boasting 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 70 cubic feet with those seats folded down, the xB is a legitimate fair-weather alternative to compact SUVs.
A combination center console with sliding armrest has been added to increase driver comfort and utility. The instrument visibility has been improved with a black background, along with a separate clock and outside temperature display. The steering wheel now has both tilt and telescoping functions.
Standard power mill for the 2011 xB is a 158 hp, 2.4-liter engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic. Fuel economy estimates are 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
This year's special-edition Release Series is now in its eighth iteration (hence the name 8.0) and features unique Voodoo Blue paint, a sunroof, blue-accented upholstery and a special body kit. A unique rear spoiler is available on the 8.0.
The 2011 Scion xB comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In braking tests, the xB came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet -- which is pretty darn good.
The xB has not been rated using the government's new, more strenuous 2011 crash-testing procedures. Its 2010 ratings (which aren't comparable to 2011 tests) saw it earning four stars (out of five) for both driver and passenger in frontal impacts, and a perfect five stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the xB its highest rating of "Good" for both frontal-offset and side-impact crashes.
Alpine Premium iPod Ready stereo not ready for my iPod
Ruling: The undersquare powerplant of the 8.0 will not exactly snap your neck at full trot, but the payoff for the 2.4 liter motor comes at the refill island, a place the xB rarely needs to visit thanks to its 22/28 MPG rating.