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 · Front air conditioning zones: single|
|Airbags||Front airbags: dual · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Side airbags: front · Side curtain airbags: front and rear|
|Audio System||Antenna Type: mast · Auxiliary audio input: iPod, jack · Digital Sound Processing · In-Dash CD: single disc · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · Premium Brand: Pioneer · Radio: AM/FM · Satellite Radio: ready · Total Number of Speakers: 6 · Watts: 160|
|Brakes||ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 10.83 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.0 · Rear brakes: disc|
|Child Safety||Child seat anchors|
|Comfort Features||Armrests: drivers seat|
|Convenience Features||Center console: front console with armrest · Cruise control · Cupholders · First aid kit · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering: electric · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio · Storage: in-floor, under seat · Sun visors|
|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: integrated turn signals, power · Vanity mirrors: dual|
|Rear Seats||Folding: flat folding · Type: 60-40 split bench|
|Seatbelts||Rear center seatbelt: 3-point|
|Seats||Front seat type: sport bucket · 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 Stabilizer Bar: diameter 26.4 mm · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts, strut · Rear Suspension Type: torsion bar|
|Tires||Tire Pressure Monitoring System|
|Wheels||Wheel covers: full|
|Windows||Front wipers: variable intermittent · One-touch windows: 1 · Power windows · Privacy glass: rear · Rear defogger · Rear wiper|