I've been in my friend's xb and it was so cool. Lots of space and very cozy inside. I just don't like the sign of scion. I don't like to have the same car with my friends, but I am thinking of getting it in a different color.
I own a Saturn now, but it looks so cheapish inside, and nothing exciting. I know I shouldn't expect so much for that price, but I'm not happy about it. I know I should buy GM or Ford again because they are American, but I don't know if I want to spend my precious money on their car just because they are American. Nobody works for GM or Ford around me, so I don't get any profit or benefit even if I buy their car. Then I'll buy what I want.
I purchased a 2005 Scion xB about a week ago.
I've been using it on my 35-mile one-way daily commute.
In a word: excellent.
It provides a great view from the "mile-wide" windshield. The ride is smooth and comfortable. The seats, both front and back, are more like living room chairs than like your average car seats.
You could be 7 feet tall, and still have headroom left to spare. Legroom, too.
The stereo system is top-notch. Pioneer, six speakers, CD player,.mp3 compatible, and satellite-radio ready.
Passing on the interstate is no problem. You won't outrun some guy in a Corvette -- but that's not the point of this vehicle.
Personally, I love the styling. Some people won't like it -- *shrug* -- that's their loss.
In this price range, and for the type of small (car? SUV? minivan?) that it is... you can't beat it for cargo space or for roomy/comfortable passenger carrying.
Yes -- based upon one week of experience, I highly recommend this vehicle.
BTW - my other vehicle is a Ford F150 extended-cab pickup. And I love both of these vehicles.
If an F150 full-size pickup driver can like a small car as much as I do my new Scion xB -- then that should tell you something in and of itself.
I owned an XB for about a year, never had a problem with it.
But I do a ton of driving and the Xb seemed to get louder and louder. Hitting a pothole would shake and rattle the vehicle. The Xb is great for around town cruising, but long distance trips over time take a toll on the car.
Mine started sounding like I was riding in a tin can.
So I traded it in on a Honda Ridgeline, great great truck.
I think the Scion is a great vehicle for people on a budget, who want good gas mileage and reliability.
I just could no longer handle the noise and the ride on long trips.
We have a 2005 Scion XB with 32000 miles on it. We have traveled from SC to Wisconsin, and Missouri on several occasions and found the ride to be quite comfortable. The exception is on really uneven roads where noise and expansion joint bounce are a bit pesky. Fuel economy is good when speeds don't exceed 75. On a recent trip to Fla we got 36 mpg. One electrical problem fixed under warranty and regular maintenance have been the only service required. Roominess and passenger comfort are exceptional. Negatives are poor radio controls, poor fuel economy at speeds above 75 (it drops into the high 20's) and pokey performance with the A/C on.
I'm from Vancouver B.C. Canada and I imported my 2005 Xb from Washington State as they are not sold in Canada. I have owned it problem free for over one year now and still love it. I get it serviced at the same dealer (45 min from home) and may buy another one. It's the only XB in our small town south of Vancouver and still turns a lot of heads. I find the fit and finish great and still love driving it.
We own a 2005 Scion xB, and we're thrilled with it. You can't beat $14,000 for a roomy, new car with Toyota reliability, cool looks, responsive handling, great dashboard display (for easy monitoring while driving), and general comfort. With a growing family, we thought our only options were either a minivan or a station wagon. Then we discovered Scion. We have driven across the country several times, taken the vehicle on back-country/mountain dirt roads, and use it normally for urban commuting. With a car topper on the rack, there's plenty of storage. We sit upright, with a good view. Mileage is great, and parking's a snap.
As far as crash testing goes, how about checking out the stats (http://www.automotive.com/scion/xb/2006/safety/t3-12-2-1/) instead of just guessing? The car rates 4 out of 5 stars. (To be fair, the Cobalt gets 5 stars on one of the three tested categories, with 4 on the other two.)
What I can't figure out is a small, but apparently ardent anti-Scion sentiment we occasionally encounter. Some segment of society actually gets angry about this car. I can accept that people might not want one themselves -- to each his/her own. But anger? I don't get it. Can someone enlighten me here?