To handle the larger size and weight of the new xB, a larger 2.4L four-cylinder engine is standard. The engine, which is used throughout much of the Toyota model lineup and has variable valve timing, makes 158 horsepower and is paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. All xBs have front-wheel drive.
The xB promises a good, well-controlled ride combined with responsive, nimble handling. Brakes are especially notable; four-wheel anti-lock discs, with ventilated discs in front, are standard. Safety is also a strongpoint; stability control, front seat-mounted side air bags, and side curtain bags are all standard.
The interior offers a surprisingly roomy back seat good for two adults, or three in a pinch. They're split 60/40 and can fold flat to expand the already large 21.7-cubic-foot space to handle larger loads. There's a "hidden" storage tray beneath the back seat for small items like laptops. In front there are several storage boxes and trays, a driver's armrest, and the front seats can fully recline. A multi-information display with trip computer functions is included, along with orange-lit gauges.
The standard 160-watt Pioneer audio system features MP3 and WMA compatibility, digital media player connectivity, and a mini-jack input. It is also one of the few units that displays the device's track, artist, and album information. In addition, it includes steering-wheel audio controls. A premium audio system is available as a dealer-installed accessory, and it brings an electroluminescent screen that has customizable "skins" and can play short video clips and images.
Scions are sold in a very different way compared to most car brands. The xB comes in a single specification, with no factory options, but there are a number of dealer-installed options aimed at customizing the vehicle for customer needs. For instance, among many possible options, these may include a more flamboyant exhaust system, a short-shift kit, flashier wheels, or customized interior lighting.