2012 Scion Xb
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A Kick to Drive!

by from Huron, Ohio on December 19, 2011

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.
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Great Bang For The Buck

by from S. Florida on October 13, 2011

I was looking for an economical, fun car with max cargo space. After a bunch of research it came down to the XB and the Honda Element. The better looks, lower price and options with the base model XB ...
I was looking for an economical, fun car with max cargo space. After a bunch of research it came down to the XB and the Honda Element. The better looks, lower price and options with the base model XB sold me so I went for a XB test drive and once I realized it had plenty of pep for a 4 banger I bought one. Overall I am really enjoying my XB. Averaging about 23.5 mpg doing mostly around town driving with the AC on. My only complaints it it could use another inch or two leg room in front (I'm 6' 1") and while the telescope wheel helps that too could extend another 2" to be perfect. Also the base sound system leaves something to be desired as the tweeters are annoyingly sharp (I replaced the speakers with Boston Acoustics components and all is well for my listening; classic roch, old R&B and oldies). The handling is crisp and the interior soom is outstanding for a vehicle this size.
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Great space Great value

by from savannah ga on October 24, 2011

I have owned this vehicle since the beginning of september and i love it, it has so much space and is very well equipped. I was planning on getting an elantra due to the hype and the gas mileage after...
I have owned this vehicle since the beginning of september and i love it, it has so much space and is very well equipped. I was planning on getting an elantra due to the hype and the gas mileage after looking at toyota corollas (horribly equipped for the price) i saw the xb and gave it a shot and loved it. After owning it i am concerned for the gas mileage its not that great avg around 20ish city and that i didnt have an option for a sun roof unless i were to wait for the release series. otherwise its amazing and for the price i could install ten sunroofs and still pay less than honda hyundai or any other manufaturer with a comparable car
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A lot of car for a little price.

by from Chicago, IL on November 15, 2011

I've had my car for 1 month and 1000 miles on it, no problems. Fuel average for stop and go driving is about 22 miles per gallon. The standard stereo systems is just that and it sounds like it. You mi...
I've had my car for 1 month and 1000 miles on it, no problems. Fuel average for stop and go driving is about 22 miles per gallon. The standard stereo systems is just that and it sounds like it. You might want to upgrade to the next radio level if you spend a lot of time driving. Only thing I also miss and you can't get is heated side mirrors. With winter coming I hope it handles as well as my 08 Jetta did.
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A little odd looking but Awesome

by from Tampa on August 26, 2011

I have had this car for a little less than a month now and everyday i am loving it more. i was concerned about the ggas mileage in the beginning, it started off getting 17mpg, however after driving it...
I have had this car for a little less than a month now and everyday i am loving it more. i was concerned about the ggas mileage in the beginning, it started off getting 17mpg, however after driving it close to 1000 mile no hwy, i am averaging 27 mpg.
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Fun to drive

by from Saint Joseph, MO on January 9, 2012

I traded in a 2001 Ford Taurus for my 2012 Scion Xb in Elusive blue. I absolutely love it! Best car I've ever had. It's quiet and zippy. perfect for my lifestyle.
I traded in a 2001 Ford Taurus for my 2012 Scion Xb in Elusive blue. I absolutely love it! Best car I've ever had. It's quiet and zippy. perfect for my lifestyle.
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Zippy Scion XB

by from richmond,va on December 28, 2012

so i got my 2012 scion xb about 2 weeks ago and i am in love. i have wanted one since they changed the body style back in 2008. after testing driving one every year i finally broke down and got one......
so i got my 2012 scion xb about 2 weeks ago and i am in love. i have wanted one since they changed the body style back in 2008. after testing driving one every year i finally broke down and got one....super white....upgraded touch screen radio and added a spoiler. love it....roomy inside great sound very zippy on road. ive had ALOT of cars....camerys VW's fords....ect. but this is the car that seriously make me tickle in my pants...and for real guys we all want that car that makes us do that...even the ladies....cant help it. my only con is the gas.....kinda sloppy gas milage i average about 25 but the tank is very tiny...cost about 30$ to fill it up. and in about 300 miles you gotta do it again....my only downside. but other than that it totally worth it. Buy one or test drive one and feel it for yourself its a great Ride.
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We love our xB!

by from Indiana on June 15, 2013

We purchased it 40,000 miles and three years ago. To date, our only expense has been an oil/filter change every 3k. As our grandchildren say: It look so small on outside, but it's so roomy on the insi...
We purchased it 40,000 miles and three years ago. To date, our only expense has been an oil/filter change every 3k. As our grandchildren say: It look so small on outside, but it's so roomy on the inside. Handles great in wind and even in snow (as long as it's under 6" in depth)-- very stable. Delivers gas mileage far in excess of the EPA rating-- 28 mpg overall. Quality thru-out-- made in Japan. Amazing storage and flexibility. Powerful, smooth, quiet Camry engine. No rattles and noises. Is it a SUV, a hatchback, a station wagon, or a sports sedan? It has elements of all those. This car is underpriced by about $5,000, thus a bargain. The dealer said: Everyone we ask who purchased an xB says that they received much more vehicle than they expected to purchase.
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Awesome little car !!!

by from Georgia on June 22, 2012

I replaced a 2005 Nissan Murano with this 2012 xB. Just looking for better mileage and lower payments. I've never really had much attachment to a vehicle, just buy, drive, fix & sell. This car was cho...
I replaced a 2005 Nissan Murano with this 2012 xB. Just looking for better mileage and lower payments. I've never really had much attachment to a vehicle, just buy, drive, fix & sell. This car was chosen over a few other makes and models due to Toyota / Scion reliability and cost. After owing this little car for a few weeks, I find it to be a blast to drive. Plenty of zip, great handling, plenty of room and with the aftermarket wheels were installed, a great looking ride as well. Very pleased with my purchase !!!
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GREAT AND AWESOME XB

by from ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA on December 15, 2012

I HAD SEVERAL CARS FROM ACURA TL, JETTA GL, CIVIC EX AND NOW MY 2012 SCION XB. I LOVE MY XB THE CAR I PURCHASED WITH 5K MILES ON IT. I LOVE THE SPACIOUS ROOM AND THE SAFETY FROM THE AIR BAGS. LOVE ITS...
I HAD SEVERAL CARS FROM ACURA TL, JETTA GL, CIVIC EX AND NOW MY 2012 SCION XB. I LOVE MY XB THE CAR I PURCHASED WITH 5K MILES ON IT. I LOVE THE SPACIOUS ROOM AND THE SAFETY FROM THE AIR BAGS. LOVE ITS HAS 158 HP ENGINE. THE ONLY THING I DONT LIKE ITS THE MPG I ONLY GET IN THE CITY AROUN 21MPG AND 28 IN THE HWY WHICH IS OK BUT ITS ONLY MY OPION, BUT OVERALL I LOVE THIS SCION XB.
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