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2009 Scion xB

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2009 Scion xB Review

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When Scion set out last year to redesign the original xB, it asked current owners and fans of the brand what they would like to see on the next generation. Their feedback revealed that people wanted the box-like styling to stay, but also wanted the car to be larger, with a more powerful engine and more standard features, such as cruise control. The result is the 2009 xB, a vehicle that should appeal to both Scion enthusiasts and other potential buyers, all at a reasonable price. Scion's straight-forward "mono spec" basic equipment level continues, encouraging customization and making the car-buying process more personal.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a versatile four-door car that is easily customizable, comes with loads of standard features and is affordable, the xB is a great choice. With 60/40 fold-flat rear seats and 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space, it could also be ideal for those with a small family or simply lots of stuff.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The xB's box-like styling, although less extreme than it used to be, may not appeal to all tastes. And if you love cars that are performance-driven, you may be happier in something a little sportier. The xB also does not offer a V6 – even as an option.

What's New for 2009

Other than a new color, there are no major changes for the 2009 Scion xB.

Driving the xB

Driving Impressions The 2009 Scion xB, with its relatively long wheelbase and wide stance, seems to be most at home on urban roads, handling the asphalt with a smooth and noticeably quiet...

ride, thanks to an improved suspension and noise-damping materials. On rural roads the xB seems a little sluggish, feeling slightly top-heavy through curves and corners. However, the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower is a definite improvement, producing 55 more horsepower than available in the first generation xB and giving it some extra power on hills and freeways. Large disc brakes on all four wheels aid in stopping the vehicle more quickly.

Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) Screen
This screen, built into the audio faceplate on the dash, allows you to display personal "skins" to customize the interior of the car. Skins can be created and downloaded on a special site produced by Pioneer just for Scion owners.

iPod Interface
Where most cars only offer an auxiliary audio input jack, the xB also features a standard iPod interface. Plugging an iPod into this port allows it to be operated through the radio head unit. The plug also simultaneously supplies power to the iPod.

2009 Scion xB Details
2009 Scion xB photo Interior

Although it may not look like it from the outside, the interior of the xB has seating that is both roomy and comfortable, even in the second row. The vehicle offers 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space when all seats are up and 69.9 cubic feet when the 60/40 rear seats are folded flat. For the driver who loves listening to music, satellite radio, auxiliary MP3 jacks and a customizable audio faceplate that can display images and short video clips are all within reach.

Exterior

The 2009 xB is noticeably rounder and larger than the rolling breadbox that was the original xB. The latest xB touts a rectangular grille flanked by multi-reflector halogen lamp clusters with low projector beams that curve along the car's sides. Echoing these wrap-around headlamps are side-view mirrors with LED turn signals that illuminate in each mirror when activated. Wide pillars at the back end of the car create a bit of a blind spot that some drivers may not like. Standard 16-inch wheels – an inch larger than those on the previous model – do a good job of filling the wheelwells in style.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

With only one trim level, the xB comes pre-loaded with many features that make it particularly attractive for the asking price. Inside, some of these features are air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a Pioneer audio system with six speakers, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), vehicle stability and traction controls and a first-aid kit. For music lovers, the lower dash houses an iPod interface and auxiliary audio input that allows song information and manipulation through the main unit and steering wheel controls. Gracing the exterior, a chrome exhaust tip and the choice of three wheel-cover designs are included as well.

Optional Equipment

Since the xB comes with so many features already, many of the options are geared more toward personalizing the car. Such interesting options include color-customizable interior lights with matching cup-holder illumination, sport pedals, illuminated door sill enhancements, in-pillar storage, a subwoofer, 17-inch alloy wheels and a color-keyed rear spoiler. There are a few more practical options that people may choose as well, such as carpeted floor and cargo mats, a navigation system, remote engine start, fog lights and an auto-dimming mirror. For those who want a more "upscale" feeling inside, an interior trim upgrade kit is also available.

Under the Hood

The xB shares its 2.4-liter dual overhead-cam (DOHC) four-cylinder engine with its Scion sibling, the tC. Buyers have the choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic with sequential shifting, a first for Scion and parent company Toyota. Both transmissions help the xB get slightly better gas mileage than the similar Honda Element and the PT Cruiser, which should make it extra appealing to anyone concerned about fuel consumption.

2.4-liter in-line 4
158 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 (manual), 22/28 (automatic)

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2009 Scion xB Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 264 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Bought 9/2013 & driven locally by Senior

By on Thursday, May 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 553

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Great for City Driving"

Cons: "Miss my old cushy ride & plush touches"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"When my 1984 4-door long & heavy vehicle died I needed a car ASAP since I cannot use public transportation. Chose this Scion for ease of entry/exit with my knee/back problems, I am only driver so folded down rear seats for roomy luggage compartment for walker and groceries. Easy to park in tight spaces. Less than 600 miles for local errands in my center-city neighborhood. Indoor garaged; non-smoker."

15 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Great vehicle for the price

By on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Easy to get in & out of, Easy to park, Reliable,"

Cons: "Road noise, Small armrest, High RPM at Interstate Speed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Da Box

"Not young, or hip, or even cool, in fact a Baby Boomer. Just wanted a car that was good on gas, hauled a lot of stuff, was reliable, and inexpensive This car is all that. I am 68 years old and have a nice pick up truck that I seldom use anymore because this car gets better gas mileage, and does 90 percent of what I need done. The truck is now regulated to hauling appliances, and occasional trailer towing. I think what was originally designed for the young who wanted to be cool and different has now fallen from their favor, but has evolved into a great vehicle for the more practical older set due to it's usefulness. It is easy to get in and out of, for those with limited mobility. Toyota needs to stop trying to market this vehicle to the young, and market to the older set. They do not care what they are seen getting out of if they like it."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Da Box

Great value.

By on Friday, April 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,898

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun, great value."

Cons: "no 5 or 6 speed auto transmission."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After owning a BMW and MDX, my 2014 XB is very refreshing. Had nothing but problems with my 2014 MDX. Got rid of it after 10 months. Bought my 2014 XB in 2/2015, it is a great value. Very easy to get in and out of the car. Wish it had a 5 or 6 speed auto transmission and would gladly pay the higher cost of one or two gears. Otherwise, it is a very good car."

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

This is a perfect vehicle for camping.

By on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,300

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"For me it is usually VW or Toyota. I owned a Corolla for 15 years, but wanted a better vehicle for camping. This one is perfect."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Very Happy

By on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this new and am very happy with it. I have taken it on many road trips of 150 miles or more, it is very comfortable on long trips. It is very quiet at highway speeds. I love the fact it has lots of room. Gas mileage is pretty good, I average about 27 that's both city and highway driving. My only complaint is the 4 speed transmission, I would much rather have a 6 speed automatic. But for the price it is a great car. I have had no major problems with it."

15 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Great Car - Love this Car

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Roomy, Reliable, Great to Drive"

Cons: "Items not avail: Leather, electric seats, sunroof"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2012 certified preowned xB about a year ago I've put about 10k on it. This car is easy to drive, good pick up power and very roomy on the inside. I am only 5 foot but have several friends that are 6 foot and over and they can ride anywhere in the car comfortably and even enjoy driving it. The room in the back with the seats up is great but with the back seats down you would be amazed what you can put in the car. I love the hands free phone and the blue tooth. My only wishes... leather seats, electric seats, sunroof."

18 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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