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$15,200
BASE MSRP
$16,000
On Features
The 2011 Scion xB comes with, and can be configured with, a very impressive feature set—though Bluetooth connectivity is behind the curve.
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Bluetooth hands-free calling feels tacked on and is difficult to use.
CNET

The system also includes voice recognition...Unfortunately, it doesn't really work terribly well.
Edmunds

liked the Scion's dash and comfy fold-down armrest
Popular Mechanics

sold in what the company refers to as “monospec,” which means it comes one way from the factory and accessories are added on by the dealership
J.D. Power

having that cubby to the left of the steering wheel was perfect for keys, the cell phone and the ID badge
AutoWeek

With a vast array of standard equipment—including all the must-haves that you can't take for grants in a small car, like air conditioning and power windows—for a no haggle price, the 2011 Scion xB remains one of the highest-value vehicles for those who want a small car with van- or SUV-like utility.

Sound systems are given plenty of thought, given this vehicle's young target audience. Last year the xB received an upgraded electroluminescent display and standard USB port, in addition to an aux input. The base sound system is a 160-watt, six-speaker Pioneer AM/FM/CD model with MP3 and satellite-radio compatibility, but the optional Alpine Premium Sound System adds a 4.3-inch touch-panel display and HD radio, and it provides for up to three amplifiers: subwoofer, rear, and front.

Buyers who want to personalize their 2011 xB can order from a long list of dealer-installed upgrades and accessories, plus literally hundreds of parts from third parties. Many of the dealer customization options for the 2011 Scion xB are purely cosmetic, but they include a handful of performance accessories from Toyota Racing Division such as suspension and shift kits. Other conveniences include LED interior lighting and a nav system.

The lack of a sophisticated Bluetooth hands-free calling system remains a sore point; all you can get in the xB is an aftermarket-type system that isn't fully integrated.

Conclusion

The 2011 Scion xB comes with, and can be configured with, a very impressive feature set—though Bluetooth connectivity is behind the curve.

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