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Pros: the box shape :-), not going to the gas station every other day, cheap auto insurance :-)
Cons: low interior lighting, no armrest, small mirrors/small sunvisors,no speeds for back windshield wiper.
Advice: look at this car as a 'fun' car not a fast and furious car-it doesn't like going up hills much.I absolutely love my 2005 black scion xb. I love getting the stares from people as I drive past them. I'm only 5'2 tall so the room in this car is amazing! The only negatives about this car is that I feel that an arm rest should come standard in it, the interior lighting is bad (there needs to be light in the back cargo area!),there are no speeds for the back window wiper and the sunvisors and mirrors are to small. But other than that I love it! The gas is great. I have my eye out on the 2006 orange colored xb. that's so sweet....
Pros: THE ROOM
Cons: NO LEATER SEATS
Advice: IF YOU WANT FUEL ECONOMY THEN ITS HERE IF YOU WANT FUN ITS HERE IF YOU WANT TO BE NOTICE YOU WILLIT MAY NOT BE THE PRETTIEST BUT ITS ALOT OF FUN AND TAKES ME FAR ON A TANK OF FUEL
Pros: it's looks
Cons: it has a bad electrical system and moter is too small for this size of truck
Advice: beware of electrical break downs and manufactor will not help in replacing it even if it is a dangerI have a 2004 jeep liberty and have had nothing but electrical break downs that have almost gotten me in two major accidents on the freeway think twice before buying for it seems to do well in the city but not on long distance drives it has safty issues..
Pros: Price, Cargo room, Fuel economy, Stereo
Cons: Overpriced options
Advice: Cruise control is a must. Avoid all the tacky, 'hip' add-ons that are ridiculously priced.Comfort: To be expected for a small, cheap car. I am 6'5 so I have trouble with most cars. Seats are okay. Headroom is tremendous, legroom is so-so for driver, good for passenger. Rear seat room is cavernous. With the rear seats down the cargo area is incredible! Stereo is best I have heard in a factory car despite the annoying push-buttons for tuning and volume.....Some quirks - No armrests or standard cruise control(I installed both with aftermarket parts from allscion.com). Sun visors are positively useless at the sides. Ride can be harsh because of suspension and low-profile tires. The boxy profile leades to some pretty stiff buffeting in high winds or around large trucks. Performance: This is not a performace car. The 1.5 Liter Echo engine gives just enough performance to get around. The advertised MPG ratings are about right (32/35) but I regularly get 39mpg due to my driving style. Regular maintenance is easy as pie if you do you own garage work. Quality: To be expected from a Toyota product. Mine went into the shop 3 times for a problem with the stereo which was mainly due to the stinginess of the dealer and the lack of experience with this model. One concern is the front skirt which is dreadfully low and flimsy. Be VERY careful when around curbs or parking with concrete wheel barriers or with animal/debris strikes. My skirt had to be replaced at 10,000 miles and it is cracked again at 25,000miles. Doors are rather cheap feeling, but the interior is good. Appearance: This is almost totally subjective. I love the boxiness because it gives me great headroom and cargo space. My daughters (15 year olds) initially hated it until their friends got to ride in it and loved it, so now it's cool. Be prepared for some stares and chuckling though. Overall Rating: Very Good - It's too bad Toyota marketed this to kids as a hip car bacause most of the folks I know who buy these are older and look for economy and utility, of which the Xb provides in droves. The negatives are mostly just annoying and typical for any new model. Most of the issues I mention are well known to Toyota and given their track record, I have no doubt they are working to fix most of them. Although the safety features are minimal, this car is great for most anyone who does not mind being seen in a 'breadbox'. This is a great alternative to gas-guzzling SUV's. The whole Scion line would be a great candidate for hybrid technology !! (hint to Toyota ;-)
Pros: who cares with all the other problems
Cons: drive train is very unrefined - engine hesitates especially in hot weather, transmission has rough downshifts
Advice: don't buy oneEngine hesitates especially in hot weather and worse with AC on - hesitation can be up to 4 seconds - very dangerous when you are trying to pull into traffic and the damn thing won't move for 3 or 4 seconds. Now that it is cooler the hesitation is not as bad but still happens when the defroster is on, meaning that the AC on on. Subaru is supposedly working on a fix. Lots of rattles from dash, headliner and from the back. Transmission is unrefined, because it sometimes downshifts roughly when you are slowing down for a stop. Its newest trick is the throttle not closing when you take your foot off the gas. You can be going 40 or 60 for instance, take your foot off the gas and the car goes merrily along at the same speed, just as if you had the cruise control on. No word from the dealer as to what the problem may be.
Pros: Agility and crispness of handling make this vehicle tough to beat.
Cons: Light the vanity mirrors for the ladies.
Advice: Consider purchasing the Premium Package, it is well worth the added investment. This will get you heated seats, mirrors, and windshield band, 6 CD changer, four wheel disc brakes, power driver's seat, bodacious moon roof, and automatic climate control.Subaru has it right for niche markets that require well-engineered vehicles in severe climates. We purchased a 2004 Subaru Outback and the 2006 Forester was absolutely the right addition for our family. The Forester offers a much tighter yet responsive ride and the visibility is phenomenal. While still a new car, we can tell this vehicle and combination of vehicles is a winner!
Pros: Fun to drive and excellent economy
Cons: Room at backseats and annoying seatbelt beeper
Advice: Compare w/ similar small SUV's and you'll end up w/ a Forester.Actually my Forester is of 2006 vintage. It has exceeded my expectations in almost every way. Great quality, handling and reliability. With the manual transmission version I got 31 mpg on long trips.