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2009 Scion xB Review

As a used car, the 2009 Scion xB ranks near the top of the class. Reviewers liked the xB for its strong engine, spacious cabin and numerous standard features.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo space
  • Plenty of standard tech and safety features
  • Good safety ratings
  • Low-for-the-class gas mileage
  • Noticeable body lean in corners




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.3
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2009 Scion xB Overview

If you’re considering a 2009 Scion xB, you might be drawn to its quirky styling. A large cabin with comfortable seating for five and plenty of cargo space proves that the beauty of the xB isn’t just skin-deep.

The highly-ranked xB has strong safety scores. It’s well-stocked with standard interior amenities like air conditioning and it gets a standard 160-watt Pioneer stereo with a USB port. A touch-screen navigation system and an upgraded Pioneer stereo were optional when it was new. The xB also has uncommon-for-the-class standard safety equipment like electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.

The xB comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that has more horsepower than most small cars’ base engines. Although reviewers thought the engine is peppy, its square body design and high-for-the-class horsepower rating mean it doesn’t get the best gas mileage. It averages just 22/28 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. Overall, reviewers had few complaints with the xB’s performance, but noted its boxy shape makes it feel tippy when rounding corners.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Honda Fit does everything the Scion xB can do, but with better fuel economy. With one of the most spacious cabins in the class, it can seat five in comfort and haul a lot of cargo for a hatchback. Reviewers also enjoyed driving the Fit, calling its performance zippy and even a little fun. The Fit doesn’t have as many standard features as the xB, but it has class-leading safety scores.

Like the xB, the 2009 Nissan Cube has unusual exterior styling and a spacious cabin. The Cube also has a list of standard interior and safety features that’s comparable with the xB’s, and includes air conditioning, electronic stability control and traction control. However, an up-market stereo and a USB port aren’t standard. The Cube also has good safety scores.

Compare the xB to the Fit and Cube »


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