Scion — Braun xB Rampvan — Test drive and new car review — Scion — Braun…

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Toyota Scion xb

A little closer to normal

The Scion/Braun xB Rampvan is a wheelchair-accessible of the popular minicar from Scion division. Its small limits its scope, but for those who can fit its 50 tailgate the xB Rampvan represents a new chapter in accessible motoring. The xB looks like a regular gets 30+ MPG, and isn’t to van-accessible parking spaces. price approximately $32,000 Scion xB + $16k conversion), as tested approx. $34,200.

Glance: Looks like a car

One of the xB Rampvan’s most appealing is that it looks like a car. Aside from the rear suspension and the BRAUN lettering, which blends with the rest of the badging, the looks like any other xB.

One of the xB’s more appealing is the wide variety of customizable options, virtually all of which can be to the Rampvan. My test car had snazzy an OBX shift handle, custom wheel, and carbon-fiber dash among other doo-dads. equipment such as air conditioning, windows, mirrors and locks, CD power steering and rear are standard on the xB.

Conversion and Operation

The conversion consists of removing the seat, lowering the floor the front seats, cutting the bumper and making it part of the lid, and installing the ramp and its hardware. The rear suspension has to be in order to accommodate the lowered so Braun replaces the xB’s springs with air springs allow the car to kneel when the is in use.

Operation is completely automatic just press a single and watch the show. The rear drops, the hatch lid swings and the bi-fold ramp lowers. button closes up the xB, as does the car in gear.

With the ramp head clearance is 50 under the with another 3/8 in the back area. Little adults and will have no problem into the Rampvan, but taller occupants might find it too of a squeeze. For scooter users limited mobility or an able-bodied the xB is brilliant — wheeling the into the back of the xB is a lot faster and than using a hoist.

The Perspective

Toyota Scion xb

Since I’m not in a I employed the help of Mike to test the xB’s accessible Mike has osteogenesis imperfecta brittle bone disease). He is a adult and uses a manual

Mike thought operation of the was easy, but the ramp angle was a bit He liked the flexibility of the rear which eliminates the worries of parking next to the car and blocking the in or out, as with a side What about parallel I rarely need to, he said, and you can park just in front of a or fire hydrant, so there’ll be Because Mike is short in he had no problems wheeling into the hatch.


In the Driver’s Seat: there is NOT half the fun.

The xB Rampvan cannot accommodate a in either front seating drivers and front-seat passengers be able to transfer themselves the front seat. The Rampvan have tie-down to accommodate a wheelchair as a back-seat passenger.

My vehicle had an optional power seat (about $2,200) slides back and swivels Though installed in the driver’s in my tester, it can also be used for a

Unfortunately the limited dimensions the xB make it difficult to use. Mike is short in stature and his is narrower than most, he maneuvering space inside the xB to be The xB’s floor is 60 long the rear seats, 31 wide at the and 48.5 wide immediately the front seats, and the transfer takes up a lot of that room. the seat transfer position his still protruded slightly the back of the Rampvan. Swiveling the seat also posed a Too little clearance between it and the seat. With the passenger’s adjusted to its full forward there was barely enough for his legs. My legs are short, but or quadriplegic wouldn’t make it, said. With the passenger’s moved back, the driver’s doesn’t have room to at all. This poses a problem: If a passenger slides the back and forgets to move it the driver is going to have a of a time when he or she next to use the transfer seat.

Front airbags can pose a danger to smaller occupants. The xB does not have an airbag switch, but according to Bob Swaim, manager of Toyota’s mobility owners in the US can petition NHTSA National Highway Traffic Administration) for a waiver that allow them to have the legally disconnected.

Toyota Scion xb
Toyota Scion xb

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