2008 Scion xB
When Scion was launched with the '04 xB and xA, they presaged a new generation of cheap-and-cheerful compacts to come. Everything from the Honda Fit to the Chevrolet Aveo owes Toyota a little debt for ratcheting down the race to get big, in terms of engines, bodies, and price tags. The boxy shape even managed to make an anti-car statement look like fun.
Now in year five, Scion's gears have been stripped a little. The second-generation vehicles, the 2008 xB and xD, haven't sold as well as the first range--and they've grown larger, less fuel-efficient, and less JDM (Japanese domestic market) in feel, which really strips them of their unique appeal. While still a huge hit, Scion's major wave has receded to a ripple while Ford preps a Fiesta and Dodge readies a Hornet that could crowd the segment even more.
Our gut reaction? Scion's salad days are over, but 100,000 of you each year will still ante up for Toyota's squared-off take on subcompacts each year. What's your take? Does Scion have the legs to run against the coming onslaught of Fits, Aveos, Fiestas, and Hornets?