2011 Scion xB 2.4L from North America
Reliable, roomy, and practical
One of the brake calipers was sticky, causing uneven wear
I bought this car to replace my Toyota Matrix that was written off. In the two plus years that I've owned it, I've only had one problem - when it was in for an oil change, the mechanic gave it a once-over and found that one of the brake pads had stuck, causing uneven wear.
The fuel economy is OK, but not great - it's not the most aerodynamic vehicle. I average 8.6L/100km in mixed city/highway driving, on all season and winter tires. It doesn't help that it came with a sport muffler that makes a nice noise when I put my foot down.
The upright seating position makes it quite comfortable to drive, and it easily fits my 6'2" frame. The ergonomics of the car are fantastic - it is far roomier inside than my Matrix was. My wife, who is 6' tall, can sit in the back seats and her knees don't touch the seat in front. No other car in its class that I test drove could match that. It's also easy to get my kids in and out of their car seats in the back. My only complaint is that it isn't the quietest car on the highway - a fair amount of road noise comes in.
It's got a decent amount of power, and I haven't had any issues getting up to speed on the highway, even when fully loaded with passengers and cargo (I don't think I'll be winning many drag races though). The 4 speed auto is adequate, but I'd be happier if it had an extra gear. I always use winter tires in the winter, and have had no issues driving in inclement weather.
Speaking of cargo, this is where the car excels. With the rear seats folded down, the cargo area is cavernous, thanks to its boxy shape.
In short, when I bought it, I was looking for a reliable vehicle that I could fit lots of cargo in for work, and that would comfortably fit myself and my family, and that is what I got.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th June, 2016