The Scion xB is Toyota's wagon aimed at the Generation Y Americans born between 1980 and 1994. First marketed in the US in 2003 as the 2004 model year, the youth-oriented Scion xB relied on a different marketing strategy that placed the Scion brand among the list of household names. Its success in the US paved the way for Scion xB to also rake in sales in the Canadian market. With evolving design and driving capabilities, the Scion xB proved to be a great choice in its segment.
2004-2007: First-generation xB
At one glance, the first-generation Scion xB looked very similar to the Toyota bB sold in Japan. A few modifications, however, hit the box-like Scion xB before reaching the American consumers. The right-hand drive of the Toyota bB was changed to left-hand drive in the Scion xB while the front-seat orientation was also changed together with the shifter. At its rear, the xB packed a spare tire and a storage bin on the cargo floor, and the jack was placed under the driver's seat.
Running on a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 108 horsepower and 105 pound-foot of torque, the Scion xB initially rolled out with anti-lock brakes and traction control. And without losing its boxy styling, new features were continuously added to the wagon like keyless entry, MP3-enabled audio, a satellite radio, and an adjustable steering wheel to name a few.
These slight changes, together with the standard body frame, made the Scion xB more attractive and applicable for the average Americans. In fact, the Insurance Institute for highway Safety gave the Scion xB a positive rating for all the front-impact tests.
2008-present: Second-generation xB
The second-generation Scion xB was fully redesigned after four years, and was now created based on what the American consumers wanted--more curved edges and a much larger space. But the unique box-like design still continued to evolve, looking sleeker with the newer second-generation models. The engine also upgraded to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 158 horsepower and 162 pound-foot of torque. This engine became standard on all second-generation models, and was mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, giving the Scion xB more power on the road. Meanwhile, owners of the newer Scion xB wagons would enjoy its entertainment system with the Pioneer audio system that features iPod connectivity and a small LCD for DVD watching and picture viewing.