The 2004 Scion xB serves as the introductory model for the Scion brand, which stems from Toyota. Toyota, being aware of the popularity of Japanese domestic car parts among younger car enthusiasts, expects the Scion to draw in the 20-something crowd. It uses a similar design to Japanese cars, and they import them to the U.S. However, the Scion xB takes up popularity with a slightly older crowd thanks to the compact exterior, spacious interior, extremely budget-friendly pricing, and fuel efficiency. Additionally, it boasts an accommodating design for options. It offers more than three dozen dealer-installed options available at extra cost. This boxy car features a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 108 horsepower.
Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Scion xB
The 2004 Scion xB debuts as a prototype bbx concept vehicle that appeared at the New York International Auto Show in 2002. This 2004 incarnation includes an extremely boxy look and sharp edges. New off the lot, the pricing starts low, which makes it extremely cheap for a brand-new car with plenty of space and features.
The xB heavily resembles a box. Its exterior compares closely to the Honda Element’s. For a long time, it remained the only boxy design able to compete with the Honda Element. The 2004 Scion xB weighs only 2400 pounds, and it measures 64.6 inches tall, which provides plenty of headroom and space to haul tall objects. The xB design mostly uses flat panels and sharp, 90-degree angles. It comes standard with a ground-effects kit. The suspension lowers to improve handling. The door openings look massive, and the model sits on 15-inch steel wheels. Other features include power windows, power locks, and power mirrors.
The interior of the xB seems extremely spacious considering the compact size of the wagon. It offers seating for five short or very tall passengers and plenty of legroom where other compact wagons fail. The second-row seats fold down to provide more storage space and a flat load floor. Cargo volume exceeds 21 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Vinyl covers the instrument panels, and the audio and ventilation controls feature metal-tone trim.
Standard interior features for the 2004 Scion xB include air-conditioning to keep passengers cool in the summer heat; keyless entry; and a 160-watt six-speaker stereo to play CDs and MP3 files. A six-disc CD changer upgrade comes in a dozen colors. Overall, the xB offers an extremely comfortable ride with plenty of legroom and high-quality audio.
Performance & Handling
Despite the strange shape, the 2004 Scion xB handles pretty well due to its low center of gravity. Unfortunately, it produces a lot of wind noise when driven on the highway. The ride feels smooth, but the xB lacks acceleration and horsepower. Despite all the great storage room for passengers, and other quality features, it may fall short when it comes to speed. Specifically, the speed might be an issue when comparing it to other compact cars. This vehicle proves good for simple commuting, but it lacks speed, power, and torque. So, drivers do not recommend it for long trips or for hauling a lot of cargo. Regardless of the downfalls, the xB drives like most Toyotas, and it proves extremely efficient with an average of 30 mpg.
This vehicle offers only driver and passenger airbags. In the long list of additional options, Toyota offers no option for side airbags. All of the seat belts in the 2004 Scion xB use the three-point model, including the back seats. The xB comes standard with a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, child seat anchors, emergency braking assist, stability and traction controls, and electronic brake force distribution.
EPA Fuel Economy
Scion xB Wagon: 27/32 mpg city/highway
- Unique boxy design
- Lots of interior space
- Good handling
- Budget price
- Fuel efficient
- Long list of dealer-installed options
You Won't Like
- Unique boxy design
- No side airbags
- No cruise control
- Expensive additions
- Unflattering under the hood
- Lack of acceleration
Unconventional yet trendy transportation.
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