2011 Scion xB Styling

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The Scion xB was last redesigned for 2008, gaining a much higher beltline, slightly larger dimensions to fit U.S. wants and needs, and more of a rounded armored-truck look than its predecessor, which was originally intended mainly for the Japanese market and boxy to a cartoonish extreme.

The slab-sided shape looks thicker through the waist, and it's surprisingly close in function to the two domestic retro-wagons, the Chevrolet HHR and now-discontinued Chrysler PT Cruiser. A wide rear pillar visually supports the flat roof, while the front appearance of the xB remains van-like and boxy.

For 2011, the xB gets a few minor appearance changes: The headlamp design is slightly different, there's a new honeycomb grille pattern, backup lamps have now been integrated into the taillamps, and perhaps most noticeably, the front bumper fascia now includes larger lower air intakes.

Whether you see it as a boxy wagon or a new kind of microvan, the high-shouldered 2011 Scion xB is funky, in a good way.

Inside, the xB also gets a light spruce-up, including a new fabric pattern with black bolsters; the gauge cluster gets a black background for better visibility, plus a separate clock and outside temp gauge. Overall, the xB's interior layout is either functional or a fashion victim, and you're best to make that decision by looking at pictures and the layout in person. While the design itself is straightforward—building on Toyota and Scion small-car design, but with chunky details galore—the instrument panel itself retains the illogical center placement for its gauges, which could be a deal-breaker for some.

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