Description: Sub-Compact Minivan
Base MSRP Range: $14,030 - $14,830
Invoice Price Range: $13,328 - $14,088
Where built: Japan
This low-slung and ultra-boxy panel van resembles a California surfer's custom-crafted wagon in miniature. Like the xA, Scion xB draws from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, rated this year at 103 hp through a manual five-speed or optional automatic four-speed shifter.
Affordable price points for well-equipped models is the big idea behind the Scion badge, and the xB fits that descriptive with standard equipment like air conditioning, power for windows and door locks and mirrors, anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and a vehicle stability control (VSC) device. In the four-seat cabin, there's a new universal mini-jack connector on the console for routing MP3 music files from a portable music player through the xB's audio speakers. Three fresh designs for wheel covers also apply to 2006 xB issues.