2011 Scion xB

The 2011 Scion xB received several thumbs up from its users in terms of the cars safety, affordability, and overall looks. This is the reason why it ranks 9 out of 33 budget cars. Other cars with top of the line designs entered the market, the Scion xB was already there, and Scion does not disappoint its fans with the 2011 version.

Performance

In terms of performance, the 2011 Scion xB did not meet standards expected by some. The reason behind it is its deficiency in fuel saving and in power on the road because of its design. The Scion xB has a 2.4 liter in-line four cylinder engine which gives it 158 horsepower performance. It reaches 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. That much fuel usage is a large blow towards its performance.

Interior & Exterior

The interior and exterior design of this car has been given the highest rating. The exterior of the car is small, funky, and beautifully boxy. The company retains the exterior design of its previous version which many people say is a very wise decision for them.

The interior of the xB has many improvements. The car is very roomy and well equipped inside compared to the previous model. The only problem that people see in its interior is that some of the controls seem to be misplaced which makes driving difficult. Despite some bad reviews, the overall design of the car is really a thumbs-up for most of its users.

Safety

As one of its strength, the Scion xB received good reviews on its safety and reliability. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it 4 stars for its front-seat passengers’ protection and a perfect score of 5 stars on its rear and side passengers’ protection.

Moreover, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it its highest rating possible in its frontal and side impact crashes. These facts will bring the insurance for this car at a very affordable rate. Among its safety features are anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and airbags.

Pros & Cons

In addition to the great things about the xB, Scion has added a lot of things to offer to its customers. There are varieties of specialized equipments that people who choose the car; they range from the additional sound system, specialized car wheels, and many other cool accessories. The only problem was the timely delivery of the ordered xB. In spite of that, the extras are worth the wait.

The Competition

Compared with some car models alike, 2011 Scion xB stands pretty well. But for those people who want a better price, they might consider choosing the Kia Soul (MSRP $13,300; 26 city / 31 hwy). The price of Soul is less than the Scion xB.

On the other hand, for those people who want a more economical vehicle, you might find the Nissan Cube (MSRP $14,740; 25 city / 30 hwy) interesting. In addition, for people looking for a packed with features despite the price and get great gas mileage, the Honda Fit (MSRP $15,175; 27 city / 33 hwy) might be worth looking at.

The 2011 Scion xB is a great choice for people who want to have a car of beauty and safety.

Overall Rating
71 out of 100

What others say:

“Whether you see it as a boxy wagon or a new kind of microvan, the high-shouldered 2011 Scion xB is funky, in a good way.”Car Connection

“There is moderate body lean in fast turns, and the steering response is slightly vague. A tight turning radius and light steering feel aid low-speed maneuverability. The brakes are strong and responsive.”Consumer Guide

“The ride is compliant, and handling is responsive. The radio controls are a bit confusing.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“The 2011 Scion xB is a capable compact people mover and cargo hauler that packs lots of high-tech audio features. Fuel economy is lackluster, however, and the unconventional styling isn't for everyone.”Edmunds

“The 2011 Scion xB is not much bigger than most compact cars and SUVs, yet its versatile interior and miserly fuel economy give it the best attributes of both.”KBB

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Wagon Base Price: $16,000.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14 gallons (53 liters) MPG: 22 city / 28 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 167.3 in. (424.9 cm) Width: 69.3 in. (176 cm)
Height: 63.4 in. (161 cm) Wheel Base: 102.4 in. (260 cm)
Curb Weight: 3027 lbs (1373 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.1 in. (12.9 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 11.6 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 2.4L DOHC 16-valve 4 cylinder w/ VVT-i Compression Ratio: 9.8: 1
Horsepower: 158 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 162 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 7.7 seconds 1/4 Mile: 15.9 seconds
Available Trims & Engine
Option:xB Release Series 8.0 MSRP: $18,405; MPG: 22 city / 28 hwy