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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
The new base xB is very well equipped
Optional four-speed automatic with sequential shifting
Comes with loads of standard features
Kelley Blue Book
The whole purpose of the Scion brand was to create base models with a firm price and huge options list that consumers could then customize to their liking. This format has proven a huge success, and for 2008 the Scion xB, which comes in only one base trim version, gets an improved list of standard features while retaining its smaller price tag.
According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2008 Scion xB "comes with loads of standard features" and numerous options. One of the xB Scion's most prominent features is the sound system. Automobile writes that "the stereo is ready to blast the contents of your iPod, and the premium audio system's auxiliary inputs make it easier to add more equipment." Other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com invariably mentioned and praised the audio system on the Scion xB. Edmunds also notes that the xB Scion's other "standard features include 16-inch steel wheels...air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories [and] a tilt steering wheel."
The list of optional features and customer upgrades on the Scion xB is very extensive, but most of the options are reasonably priced and very cool. Road & Track writes that "a huge reason for the success" of the Scion brand is its "unique approach to factory vehicle customization," which is apparent as soon as one glances at the available options on the Scion xB. Car and Driver lists some of the optional features, including "$299 LED interior mood lights, $1599 DVD headrest televisions, and a $2250 navigation system," but notes that few performance options are available. Much like the competing MINI Cooper Clubman, the 2008 Scion xB has so many features and available options that you can easily craft a unique vehicle to suit your tastes, from decals to exterior and interior trim and some minor performance pieces.
The long features list, both standard and optional, and low base price make the 2008 Scion xB a real bargain in the features department.