After a full redesign last year, the 2009 Scion xB compact wagon is essentially unchanged this year. Powered by a 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine that generates 158 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, the front-wheel drive Scion xB is paired to a standard five-speed manual transmission, while a four-speed automatic with auto-manual control is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 22 mpg city/28 mpg hwy, and 24 mpg in combined driving. The Scion xB is equipped with standard safety equipment such as antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Scion xB standard features include 16-inch steel wheels with a choice of three covers, air-conditioning, cruise control, full-power accessories, a tilt steering wheel and a six-speaker Pioneer CD stereo. As an added plus, trim levels can be customized with appealing, leading-edge accessories and options, such as a rear spoiler, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels, faux carbon-fiber interior trim and interior mood lighting in a choice of four colors.Read more Read less
The distinctive, boxy 2009 Scion xB is little changed from its major redesign last year. In fact, the only difference comes in a single exterior color change: Stingray Metallic replaces Nautical Blue Metallic.
Distinctive shape; roomy interior; wide range of standard features; customization options.
The 2009 Scion xB is a good choice for urban dwellers who need a smaller vehicle for easy parking and maneuverability, yet also need decent fuel efficiency, more cargo space than the typical small car, and a back seat comfortable enough for adults. As with the other Scion models, the xB comes extremely well equipped--including electronic stability control and a number of safety features--and there are no factory options, with a line of dealer-installed accessories aimed at those who want to customize.