2004 Scion xA and xB — First Drive Review

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2004 Scion xA and xB

To the crucial facing youth, Toyota one more: bean or box?

or box? Boiled down to its that is the question facing the who stumble into the first dealerships.

Whoa. Scion? It a descendant or offspring. (It’s sigh-on.) And indeed, Scion has from the fertile loins of as a new cheapie car brand for the young. all those years harvesting boomers with Oh, What a ads, it turns out their won’t touch a Toyota, Toyota, with a 10-foot stencil (see sidebar).

So comes Scion to determine—pardon us, William—whether that which we Toyota by any other name sell as sweet. The initial two hit Scion’s 105 California showrooms month. A third, more car arrives in June 2004, by time Scion will migrated to the rest of the nation.

Meanwhile, the first two cars, the and the box, are two of Toyota’s Japanese hatchbacks that share the Echo’s chromosomes. They have strut and twist-beam and the Echo’s 108-hp, 1.5-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine, variable valve timing on the cam.

First, meet the It is the Toyota Ist in Japan and the Scion xA in where it leads the freshly Scion catalog with a sticker of just $12,965 on manual models. The optional automatic adds $800 to the xA and the xB.

The 93.3-inch wheelbase of the xA exactly the Echo’s and tightly packs for five and almost 12 cubic of cargo space between its handles. The bean’s only options besides the automatic are front side airbags and and rear curtain airbags, come as a package for $650.

more interesting is the box, to pedestrians who may ask things like, did Westinghouse get into cars? and do you put in the bleach? Japan, which has had years to get used to all those angles, knows it as the bB (supposedly, stands for best balance). it will star as the Scion xB and out of showrooms on its 15-inch wheels at with a stick. It rides on a wheelbase than the xA, 98.4 and has more room inside for and about 21 cubic feet the rear seats for clutter.

The Scion twins are significantly for duty in America: extra reinforcement in their skeletons, sound-damping material, tighter and a substantially longer list of accessories. That list four-wheel disc brakes anti-lock in the xA and disc brakes ABS, traction control, and control in the xB.

Scions—both the round and rectilinear come with standard windows and locks, a first-aid and a Pioneer single-disc CD player through six speakers. On paper, at the Scions are a roaring value. the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Spectra, Ion, and Toyota Echo and pickup have base lower than the xA’s, but has anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, and a CD as standard equipment.

Even so, managers view the cars as canvases for 38 customization accessories. range from a $49 faux shift knob to a $595 receiver and include such as giant-fingerprint door decals and mood-lighting strips.

Steered around the Mission of San Francisco during the Scion’s a 2400-pound xA automatic demonstrated a ride and lightly weighted but controls. The seating position is just an inch or two less a Toyota RAV4’s, so minivan are almost at eye level. Glass the cockpit like a lighthouse, but noise and tire moan are to a whisper, thanks to the extra of sound insulation and double-tube seals.

Considering that the xA has the power but an extra 280 pounds, no surprise that the engine to maintain momentum up S.F.’s hills. At least the automatic is to hold gears on uphill so there’s less hunting for and little to be found anyway.

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