I've been driving my Scion since October and although it wasn't love at first sight, I'm growing to love it a little more each time I drive it. My last two cars were Camrys-great cars. Didn't want to ...
I've been driving my Scion since October and although it wasn't love at first sight, I'm growing to love it a little more each time I drive it. My last two cars were Camrys-great cars. Didn't want to spend over $20,000 which ruled out a new Camry. Couldn't get excited about another sedan anyway so began researching hatchbacks in Honda, Kia, Hyundai and Toyota lines. All were out of my price range for the space and features I wanted or else were too "budget" with not enough comfort.
Went to a local Toyota dealership to check out their inventory and spotted this quirky, blue vehicle in their showroom. Didn't know what it was but liked how different it looked and was surprised to see it was only $18,000.
Took it for a test drive not expecting much and found it to be smooth, quiet and comfortable. My boyfriend is 6'4" and sat in the back during the test drive and had plenty of leg room. I'm 5'10" and find the driver's seat fits my body even better than my Camry and is more comfortable for sitting.
I sit higher in my Scion than my Camry which allows me much better visibility. It's so nice not to feel dwarfed anymore by all the SUVs and trucks on the road. Even though my xb is about the same length as my Camry, it feels bigger-both inside and out. Yet it handles like a smaller, sporty car.
I am someone who drives the speed limit. With this car I have to keep my eye on the speedometer or put it on cruise control because I often find myself zipping past cars and realize I'm going too fast even though it feels like I'm cruising at or below the speed limit. The car is quiet and the acceleration is so smooth and responsive that it's difficult to tell how fast you're going.
The controls are simple, straightforward and easy to read and operate. The radio took some getting used to because I kept accidentally switching it between satellite, FM, AM and the mp3 player. Also, there were so many settings and ways to fine-tune it. You definitely need to read the directions to know all the capabilities of it. The bluetooth is also a nice feature.
I've driven about 1300 miles so far and average about 28 mpg doing a mix of highway and city driving.
I am not someone who typically loves to get in my car and drive just for the pleasure of it but I find myself looking forward to doing that in my Scion xb. It's really easy to handle and a treat to drive. I also like that you don't see a lot of them on the road. This car feels like me-funky and fun.