Her and His Reviews

July 2011

2011 Scion XB

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

MSRP:$22,213 MSRP:$22,213
4 speed, 158 horsepower, 2.4 liter engine. The xB is powered by a 4 speed, 2.4 L, 158 horsepowered engine that allows for surprising handling and responsiveness.
Fuel Economy
22 city miles and 28 highway miles to the gallon. Powered by Toyota, would be nice to have a hybrid or EV in the Scion family. 22 city miles and 28 highway miles to the gallon. Estimated annual fuel costs are $1, 626 at $2.60 at gallon, so increase by a third.
The Car
Overall a very good value for a car ?? if you like this type of 'boxier' wheels. A less noisy and boxy look than last year's model. Frankly, it has a broader appeal with this sleeker design. The car is roomy and easy to get in and out of. Some blind spots and visibility impairments with lower windows.

Roominess is key; especially with the rear seats folded...it's like a pickup truck with its generous space.

Coming from the woman who insists on arms rests, am quite happy with this lil' addition.
The 2011 xB is upgraded with an aggressive new look on the outside and added comfort and convenience on the inside. The enhancements to the 2011 xB come with a $150 price increase over the 2010 model resulting with MSRPs of $16,000 and $16,950 for manual and automatic transmission models, respectively.

Driver- and front-passenger seats are redesigned to include larger bolsters for greater comfort and stability. Front and rear seats have a new light gray fabric with a geometric pattern for the seating surfaces contrasted by black fabric covering the bolsters, bases and backs.

A combination center console with sliding armrest has been added to increase driver comfort and utility. Improved gauge-cluster design with black background, along with a separate clock and outside temperature display, provides better visibility to information. Completing the changes, the steering wheel now includes both telescopic and tilt functions.
The car remains at the top of its class when it comes to reliability. Good crash-test results. Curtain air bags & ESC now come standard. ABS and Vehicle Stability Control. Side impact door beams. Power doors, Remote keyless entry. Curtain air bags and ESC are standard. ABS and Vehicle Stability Control. Side impact door beams. Good crash test results. All season tires are standard -- the one we tested had upgraded tires. Power doors, Remote keyless Entry, Cruise Control.
NAV system included with XM Satellite radio. USB /iPod connectivity. NAV system included with XM Satellite radio. USB /iPod connectivity.
Aesthetics & Styling
The re-freshening of the 2011 xB offers a more attractive and universal look, yet, funkatropic enough that it has the unique appeal to the niche of the market that loves it. The xB enters the 2011 model year with fresh exterior styling including changes to the front and rear bumpers, grill, headlights and taillights, which together reveal a more aggressive demeanor.

The new front bumper features enlarged outer vents, improving the appearance of the vehicle's stance. The front grille features a new honeycomb pattern and improved headlamp design. The single rear backup lamp has been integrated into combination lamps to produce a more refined appearance.
3 Years/36,000 Basic
5 Years/60,000 Drive Train
5 Years/60,000 Rustproof
3 Years/36,000 Basic
5 Years/60,000 Drive Train