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Selected Style 2WD 5-Door Manual LX
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 5-Door Manual LX 18 23 $17,677 $18,980
2WD 5-Door Automatic LX 20 25 $18,418 $19,780
4WD 5-Door Manual LX 18 23 $18,975 $20,380
2WD 5-Door Manual EX 18 23 $19,541 $20,990
4WD 5-Door Automatic LX 19 24 $19,717 $21,180
2WD 5-Door Automatic EX 20 25 $20,283 $21,790
4WD 5-Door Manual EX 18 23 $20,839 $22,390
2WD 5-Door Manual SC 18 23 $21,196 $22,775
4WD 5-Door Automatic EX 19 24 $21,581 $23,190
2WD 5-Door Automatic SC 20 25 $21,938 $23,575
5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Manual 22 28 $14,962 $15,750
5-Door Wagon Automatic 22 28 $15,865 $16,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,677
$14,962
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,980
$15,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$316 / month
$263 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Honda Element is a great choice for drivers who need lots of storage room and a spill-proof interior. The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 39.1 38.0
Front Head Room (in) 43.3 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 103.6 100.8
Second Hip Room (in) 47.6 46.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 55.8
Second Head Room (in) 38.0 41.2
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.2 54.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.0 40.7
Front Hip Room (in) 55.0 52.7
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5 69.3
Track Width, Front (in) 62.1 60.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.9 5.1
Length, Overall (in) 169.3 167.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - -
Height, Overall (in) 70.4 64.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.3 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 101.4 102.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 25.1 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 38.7 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 46.0 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 66.7 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 74.6 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 21.7
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.1 x 0.9 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.1 x 0.4 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 14.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.26 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.9 34.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/70R16 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/70R16 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3433 3020
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.6 6.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 166 @ 5800 158 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MPFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 161 @ 4000 162 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.36 1.33
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.04 2.05
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.77 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.53 3.54
Summary
Vehicle Name Honda Element Scion xB
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door Wagon
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.83 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.18 1.04
Suspension Type - Rear Compact Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Control-Link MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7
 
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