The 2008 Scion xB is powered by a light, compact 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower, an increase of 55 horsepower over the previous model. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a four-speed sequential automatic transmission is available as an option.
Anti-lock brakes are standard on the 2008 xB, as is electric rack-and-pinion steering. Chrome exhaust tips, projector headlamps, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a first aid kit are also included in the standard package.
Other standard features include air conditioning, power windows, power doorlocks with remote keyless entry, power exterior mirrors, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel column, a rear window defogger, rear privacy glass, and a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system with a CD player and iPod connector.
Reviewers have responded well to the xB's makeover, calling it a more stable and more functional vehicle, though they note that the xB still has a high center of gravity, requiring some caution around tight corners at speed. But it also maintains the unique characteristics that made it popular with many young drivers.
|Air Conditioning||Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones|
|Airbags||Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Front and rear side curtain airbags|
|Audio System||Antenna Type: mast · Auxiliary audio input: jack, iPod/iPhone integration · Digital Sound Processing · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · Pioneer premium brand · AM/FM radio · Satellite Radio: ready · 6 Total Speakers · 160 watts|
|Brakes||ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 10.8 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.0 · Rear brakes: disc|
|Comfort Features||Armrests: drivers seat|
|Convenience Features||Center console: front console with armrest · Cruise control · Cupholders · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio · Storage: in-floor, under seat · Sun visors · Vanity mirrors: dual|
|Driver Seat||Height adjustable|
|Exterior Features||Exhaust tip color: chrome|
|Headrests||Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3|
|Instrumentation||Multi-functional information center · Tachometer|
|Locks||Power door locks|
|Mirrors||Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals|
|Rear Seats||Type: 60-40 split bench|
|Safety||Child seat anchors · First aid kit|
|Seatbelts||Rear center seatbelt: 3-point|
|Seats||Front seat type: sport bucket · Rear seat folding: flat · Upholstery: cloth|
|Spare Tire||Size: temporary|
|Spare Wheel||Rim Type: steel|
|Stability and Traction||Stability control · Traction control|
|Steering||Steering ratio: 16.0 · Turns lock-to-lock: 2.90|
|Suspension||Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Stabilizer Bar: diameter 26 mm · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: semi-independent · Rear Suspension Type: torsion bar|
|Tires||Tire Pressure Monitoring System|
|Tires and Rims||Tire type|
|Wheels||Wheel covers: full|
|Windows||Front wipers: variable intermittent · One-touch windows: 1 · Power windows · Privacy glass: rear · Rear defogger · Rear wiper|