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2005 Scion tC - (M5)
Pros: Appearance, performance, quality, standard equipment
Cons: Fuel economy
Advice: Get the Azure Pearl (best-looking color for this car)I'm a long-time subcompact owner, and I was looking to replace my wonderful (but bland) Honda Civic. I read quite a bit about Scion, particularly the tC (didn't quite fit Toyota's target demographic being 48, but oh well). When I finally got the chance to test-drive one, I was hooked! The tC may be the best automotive value you can get for under $18,000. WHAT I LIKE: 1. Standard equipment(have yet to get any add-on accessories; don't need 'em! Lots of cool places to store your stuff, too) 2. Overall appearance (the car turns heads; I recommend the Azure Pearl finish, although this is apparently the hardest color to find) 3. Comfort (seats 4 adults comfortably; it's roomier than it looks) 4. Drivability (more than adequate acceleration, responsive handling, solid feel on road) 5. Quality (looks more expensive than it is; excellent fit-and-finish of materials) WHAT I DON'T LIKE 1. Fuel economy is a bit below-average for a subcompact. 2. Minor blind spot at the C-pillar. 3. Toyota may have a clear idea about how they want to market and sell this car, but I'm not sure the dealers do; almost seems as if they don't know how to sell it, and finding the color you want (particularly the above-mentioned Azure Pearl) might be difficult, depending on where you live. 4. Optional equipment (spoiler, foglamps, stereo upgrade) are a little pricey.
2006 Scion xB - (M5)
Pros: The interior room and ease of entry and exit.
Cons: The dealer installed cruise. Doesn't work as well as factory installed.
Advice: BUY IT NOW!WONDERFUL. This is my second xB. I purchased a 2004 in April of '04 and drove it till July '05 when it was totaled in a rear end collision. It had 28,000 miles on it. Never any problems. I loved it so much that I replaced it with an identical 2006 in August '05. I now have 21,000 miles on this one and love it too. No one believes the ROOM these things have. I own a Chevy Suburban and it doesn't have the interior person room that the xB has. Handling is great, mileage is great. I realy enjoy driving it. I even autocrossed it in a sports car event and beat a Mini Cooper and a Corvette.
2005 Scion xB - (M5)
Pros: looks and mileage
Cons: performance and noise
Advice: I don't know if i got a lemon but this car is extremely loud!Not a good loud either a sickly loud.I wonder if other people have this problem at certain rpms.The performance is pretty week but i also got the automatic so thats somewhat my fault.It's roomy though.
2006 Scion xB - (M5)
Pros: Tinted Windows
Cons: no cruise control
Advice: try it you might love itI LOVE LOVE LOVE my XB. This is by far the best car I have owned. My husband and I bought this car last year after months of searching and test driving all kinds of vehicles. We wanted to buy a GM but couldn't pass up on this car. The price, room, gas mileage,and being a toyota changed our minds. And thats even with a GM discount. 1 year later and we both still love it. All of the room has spoiled me. I was in a SUV the other day and about had a panic attack because I felt so crowd. The only complaint my husband has is the ride is not great for him. He has a bad back and it is rough at times for him to ride in it. Good thing it's my car and I don't want him in it anyways. We live in a small town and still get all kinds looks. We always seem to get stopped atleast once asking about it. So, if you don't want to stand out and be talked to. I suggest you buy a more adverage vehicle.
2006 Scion xA - (M5)
Pros: Value of the standard features
Cons: Plastic door panels and dash
Advice: Have it undercoated to reduce road noise, search the internet before buying to find a car with just the options you want. The dealer can add alot of the options at the regular option price.Fun car to drive. I have a little over 600 miles on the car with complete satisfaction other than the gas mileage is running only about 33 mpg. I bought the Scion Xa strickly for commuter car to work; but my wife and 17 year old son love to drive it. This car will never be labeled as 'looser cruiser'.
2006 Scion xA - (M5)
Pros: Audio steering wheel controls, Comfortable seats, Center mounted speedometer, Turn indicators on side mirrors, 160 watt CD/MP3/iPod Stereo, Standard ABS
Cons: 103 horsepower engine, Standard wheel covers
Advice: A great first car for first time car loan (Depending on the sticker price. Cheap monthly payments through Toyota Motor Credit), Cheap to fill up ($21.50 at $2.15 a gallon)The xA drove like a dream for what it offers. I fell in love with it in a second once I got to test drive it on the interstate. The drive was smooth and fun to drive especially going 75 mph. Braking is quite quick and responsive. People have complained about nosey engine humming but I very much like to hear it since I feel like I'm driving Japanese sports car. Only major issue I have with the xA, is the poor acceleration especially getting on any interstate on ramps trying to out speed a semi-trailer truck when the truck can not lane change to middle lane. Other than that, I brought the xA that I test drove and never had major mechanical problems. I love my xA very much, I'm even thinking of purchasing the xB.
2006 Scion tC - (M5)
Pros: The moonroof.
Cons: Theres not one.
Advice: GO GET ONE!I test drove this car and fell in love with it. I went back the next day and bought it! I had a 2001 Jeep Grande Cherokee, with tons of room in it, to a car with not as much, but I absolutley love it! You would think the back seat would be cramped, but actually there is a lot of leg room back there, just not so much head room for those tall ones. You will LOVE this car! Go get one!