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2008 Scion xB
A three-quarter front view of a black 2008 Scion xB

In short: A sporty, utility box of a car.

In contrast to the smooth lines of the Toyota Yaris or the diminutive dimensions of the smart fortwo passion coupe, the Scion xB is a hatchback that boasts a distinctively box-like frame. This vehicle weighs in at a solid 3,020 lbs, and its spacious interior easily accommodates five passengers. There’s plenty of oomph to scoot around town, too—the xB packs a 2.4-liter engine and accelerates to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Traction and vehicle stability control, along with side curtain airbags and three-across rear head restraints help ensure a safe and comfortable ride. The xB doesn’t forget about the fun in the midst of performance, though; it also offers an iPod connector and six speakers including two tweeters.

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; five-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.

Base Price: $16,370

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback

Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC with VVT-I
Horsepower: 158 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 162 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Curb weight: 3,020 lbs
Wheelbase: 102.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 167.3/69.3/63 in
Turning circle: 40.4 ft

Brakes: vented disc on front, solid disc on rear, ABS, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist
MacPherson strut in front, torsion beam in rear
traction control, vehicle stability control

0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds
Top Speed: n/a
60-0 mph: 126 ft

EPA City: 22 mpg
EPA Highway:
28 mpg

CO2 Emissions:
.8 lb/mile

Safety: front airbags for front seats, side curtain airbags, 3-across rear head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system

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