Scion xB News

Toyota adds 543,000 Lexus, Scion, Toyota vehicles to Takata recall roster
Toyota adds 543,000 Lexus, Scion, Toyota vehicles to Takata recall roster

One week before a new U.S. president is sworn into office, a second major automotive scandal--the one involving Takata's fatally flawed airbags--is coming to an end. But while today's agreement may wind down the government's investigation of the Japanese supplier, the recall and repair of vehicles...Read More»

Inflated airbag
Toyota expands Takata recall by 1.6 million Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles

Earlier this month, we heard reports that Takata would soon expand the recall of its fatally flawed airbags by as many as 40 million devices. Without waiting for Takata to act, Honda quickly enlarged its recall by some 20 million. Now, Toyota has announced its own expanded recall plan, affecting...Read More»

2011 Toyota RAV4
2 Million Toyota & Scion Vehicles Recalled: Camry, Corolla, Highlander, RAV4, Sequoia, Tundra, More

This morning, Toyota issued a massive recall affecting 2,000,000 U.S. Toyota and Scion vehicles from the 2007 to 2011 model years. According to a statement from the automaker, a manufacturing problem with the power window master switch could in some cases cause a fire. The problem stems from a lack...Read More»

2015 Scion xB 686 Parklan Edition
RIP, Scion xB

Years from now, you will be able to tell your children or your grandchildren or your flat-voiced AI companion about the time when boxy cars were a thing. Scholars will debate how the trend began. Some will point to the Lego-like minivans that roamed the roads in the long-ago 1980s and 90s. Others...Read More»

2009 Toyota Camry
Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Vehicles For Faulty Power-Window Switch

Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall involving some 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a faulty power-window switch that could melt and lead to a fire. Worldwide, the safety recall involves 7.4 million vehicles, marking the largest recall in Toyota’s 75-year history. The...Read More»

2011 Scion xB
Akira And The Scion xB: Standing Out

As the news was blaring about the nightmare in Japan, all I could think of was an anime classic film called Akira that was heavy-duty post-apocalyptic and full of crazy motorcycles and cars, among other wild stuff. Then I thought, why think only of the bad and look instead for some good, and in...Read More»

2012 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Open Doors
TCC's Most Popular Reviews for November 2010

We're plowing through the list of 255-plus vehicles on sale in the 2011 model year here at High Gear Media--and as we cull our latest drives into full reviews, we're watching what you're reading. Each month we scan Google Analytics to see which reviews are most popular. Some of the time, those...Read More»

2010 Nissan Cube 5dr Wagon I4 CVT 1.8 S Angular Rear Exterior View
Don't Call Them Box Cars

Consumers are a finicky lot. We like what we like--and we don’t like some monikers attached to our preferred set of wheels. On the other hand, many of the target-market buyers of the funky-styled yet innovative and fun-to-drive small cars today couldn’t care less what others call their...Read More»

2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe IPL
Today at High Gear Media: Infiniti IPL, GM IPO, And More Acronyms

GM's CEO, Ed Whitacre, is calling it quits. He's the company's third CEO in 18 months, which makes Daniel Akerson the company's fourth CEO in 18 months. [TheCarConnection] GM's also landed a $5 billion line of credit that could help it file an IPO later this year. Coincidence? [TheCarConnection]...Read More»

2011 Scion xB
Preview: 2011 Scion xB

• What is it? The first major update to the Scion xB since 2007 • The basics: A boxy body and economical four-cylinder power • On sale: Now • Price: From $16,000 Toyota’s youth brand Scion has updated its boxy xB wagon for the 2011 model year, giving it an aggressive...Read More»

2010 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Front Exterior View
2010 Scion xB And 2010 Toyota Corolla Are Top Safety Picks

We have some good—actually some excellent, award-worthy—Toyota-related news! Both the 2010 Toyota Corolla and 2010 Scion xB have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award. Both cars just emerged from the new IIHS roof-crush (rollover) test with flying colors. In...Read More»

2010 GMC Granite Concept
General Motors May Skip TV Ads For Youth-Oriented Vehicles

In case you hadn't noticed, General Motors has been pretty quiet on the advertising front lately. The company hasn't launched any snazzy new-media campaigns like the highly successful one Ford put together for the Fiesta -- but then again, neither has GM opted for any controversial, full-scale...Read More»

GMC Urban Utility Concept teaser
The Future Is Smaller: GMC Teases The Urban Utility Concept

GMC isn't known for making small anythings, but that reputation may change after the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The brand associated with behemoths like the Suburban has just released a couple of teaser images for a small concept vehicle that will be shown at NAIAS called the GMC Urban Utility...Read More»

Limited-edition Kia Soul 'Ignition'
Limited-Edition 2010 Kia 'Ignition' Soul Rolls Into Showrooms

Here at TCC, we've done a good bit of fawning over the 2010 Kia Soul, and in his expert review, Marty Padgett gave it an impressive 8.2 rating. Like most vehicles in its category, the boxy five-door hatch -- which competes directly with models like the Scion xB and the Nissan Cube --offers a wide...Read More»

2010 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Engine
Quick Review: The New 2010 Scion xB

The new 2010 Scion xB has been redesigned with a larger engine for a quicker get up and go from its previous model, and a much roomier interior that makes you say "wow!" even when sitting in the back seat. Because of it's futuristic box design form, this highly functional vehicle is often...Read More»

2010 scion iq concept 015
Scion To Energize Its Lineup In The 2011 Model Year

2009 has been a dismal year for automakers, but Scion has taken an especially rough hit, with sales down by nearly 58% compared to last year. That's blamed largely on Scion's lineup, which many in the industry feel has stagnated -- ironic, given that when the brand launched just seven years ago, it...Read More»

Kia VG rendering
Rendered: Kia's New Premium VG

Korean automaker Kia seems to be on a roll these days -- at least on the design front. Its boxy Scion xB/Nissan Cube competitor, the Kia Soul, has held its own in the face of discerning auto journalists, and the sporty Kia Forte Koup looks to do similarly well. Now the company has shared renderings...Read More»

2009 Smart fortwo
New Study: Minicars Ranked By Fender-Bender Repair Bill

If you live in a crowded urban environment, you understand the value of minicars. No, they can't haul sheetrock, and trips to the grocery store become more like social calls, but where parking and (occasionally) fuel economy are concerned, they can be a condo-dweller's dream. Until, of course, they...Read More»

Journalist Sarah Lacy, via Wired
Link Love From The Car Connection: $2.30 Summertime Gas, Plus Vids Of Maserati GranTurismo MC, Electric Racecars, And Crazy Lady Drivers

He said, she said-- Remember when Tesla's Elon Musk called that New York Times reporter "a douchebag...and an idiot"? Remember the journalist who was interviewing him at the time--how she sort of giggled her way through it? Well, Sarah Lacy's colleagues are calling foul on her. And still no one's...Read More»

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