2004 - 2006 Scion xB
Looking to all the world like the Ford Flex's baby brother, the Scion xB actually hit the scene long before the larger crossover was a glimmer in Dearborn's eye. The Scion xB was specifically designed by Toyota to appeal to the youth market, and from the extreme box-shape of the four-door wagon it is clear that at least one of the company's stylists had their finger on the pulse of California surf culture. The cute, protruding snout, the abundance of right angles and the generously flat roof all scream 'surfboard delivery device'.
The first generation Scion xB is also quite a versatile vehicle. There is far more interior room available than would seem to be suggested by the automobile's small stature - enough room, in fact, to store a significant amount of cargo with the rear seats out of the picture, with even longer items able to be accommodated inside if the front passenger seat is folded down. The xB can also be customized with a wide range of accessories and unique parts which are offered directly from the company.
Aside from its singular looks, the Scion xB is also attractive to the younger generation for its low purchase price and small overall cost of ownership. A veritable bargain on the used market, the xB's tiny 1.5 liter, 4-cylinder engine produces 108 horsepower yet sips fuel at the reduced rate of 30 miles per gallon in town and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Its park-it-anywhere dimensions and economical leanings make it a great choice for those who would rather spend their money on anything other than gas.