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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Four stars, front impact protection; five stars, side impact protection
Good, frontal offset
Vehicle stability and traction controls and a first-aid kit
Kelley Blue Book
With its increased size and weight, the 2008 Scion xB now offers additional safety features and commendable crash test results.
During independent crash tests, the xB Scion performed remarkably well for a compact car, scoring either the highest or second-highest ratings in all major crash test categories. The NHTSA gives the 2008 Scion xB four out of five stars for front impact occupant protection, and a perfect five stars for side impacts. The IIHS also gives the 2008 Scion xB its highest score of Good for frontal offset collisions.
Edmunds approves of the xB Scion's "impressive array of standard safety features including antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags." However, in some regards, they may have gone a little overboard on the 2008 Scion xB. In reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, many reviewers felt that the stability control system on the Scion xB was too eager to intervene, with Automobile writing that "if extreme yaw angles are detected, the system will rain on your parade even after you've switched it off."
Visibility in the 2008 xB gets fair to good marks. Kelley Blue Book notes that the wide "pillars at the back end of the car create a bit of a blind spot that some drivers may not like," with ConsumerGuide saying that the "pillars complicate rear visibility." On the other hand, AutoWeek reports that the "much wider rear pillar...didn't bother us at all" and praises "the visibility through all that glass." Edmunds says daily commuters will find the xB Scion offers "good visibility...for everyday driving."
For a small and inexpensive car, the 2008 Scion xB includes many high-end safety features and a well-engineered body that holds up well during crash tests.