Even though from the outside it may still just look like the box that a very large big screen TV from 1984 was originally shipped in, the 2012 Scion xB has been blessed with a number of upgrades to its audio systems this year. We'll also see the introduction of a limited edition xB Release Series 9.0 variant and for fans of the rest of the Scion range, there are also all new tC and xD Release Series models to choose from as well.
This newest xB Releases Series 9.0 follows the historical pattern set by these numbered, limited edition models as it comes painted in a uniquely “arresting” shade of orange/red all accentuated by a number of other less obvious exterior alterations and unique seat upholstery. Just make sure you are really into the “Lava” exterior color which sticks very closely to the stuff that spews out of volcanoes from a visual perspective. It is an attention grabbing color even for a Scion, which is really saying something.
Otherwise, the regular grade 2012 Scion xB is still one of the easiest new cars to buy as you only have to choose your exterior color and whether or not you want a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Our automatic-equipped tester had a remarkable MSRP of only $17,250 which is amazing when you consider all the standard features offered. If you can handle shifting for yourself, however, then the price for a 2012 xB drops to just $16,300 for the 5-speed manual equipped model.
During previous xB tests in years past, we found that the manual transmission was easy to use and featured such a forgiving clutch that it was nearly impossible for even a novice to stall the car. Clearly, the xB would be a great first vehicle for a young person looking to learn to drive a stick shift which is an endeavor we encourage anyone who enjoys driving to undertake.