2005 Scion xB - (M5)
Pros: The ROOM, the mileage, and the sorry look on the cash-strapped SUV owner's face as you whizz by.
Cons: slightly sloppy shifting
Advice: Don't buy the stupid upgrades except for simple items like the cargo net and maybe the TRD shift kit- wait until you can find them on the web cheaper.Remember the Toyota Alltrak, that bullet-proof and forever-lasting boxy little wagon that had all-wheel drive? Well this is the 21st Century version - albeit with traction control instead, and a LOT more standard stuff, including comfortable seats, remote entry, power windows, and a kicking Pioneer stereo for adults with a decent 'feel' mode - all for under $15K. The most amazing thing is the back seat area, which is as cavernous as the back seat area on a '51 Cadillac. Great for parties or baby feeding. Yes, the shifting is somewhat loose-econobox, but not at all annoying. A TRD shift kit ($275 installed) would make it sportier. The Box has plenty of 4-banger power, even at altitudes. The aftermarket 'green filter' for $50 could help the pep a bit. And the x-Box gets a surprising 33-34 MPG in 80% highway driving - as good as they said it would be (not like my other new cars). If you want a long-lasting wagon with decent performance, wild-enough personality, nice bells and whistles and traction control, and a $3.00 per gallon proof appetite - then get the Box! Why spend $5k more for the Element- I especially hate those plastic Honda panels! I traded a luxury suv for my xB and will never look back!
2004 Scion xA - (M5)
Pros: The Pioneer multi-disk MP3 compliant sound system allows you to put thousands of songs at your fingertips.
Cons: Poor acceleration 0 - 60 mph in 10 seconds.
Advice: Ask for the keyless entry security system.Unlike most sub-compacts the driver of the Scion sits higher in traffic. Visibility is excellent. Their is a problem with the rear headrest blocking your rear right view. Exercise caution. The vehicle is very manuverable. I was very impressed with its responsiveness to road conditions. Air conditioning is extremely efficient. The reason I settled for this small car is the great gas mileage. I drove from Houston TX to my home (125 miles) on 3.5 gallons of gas. The Toyota reputation for quality was what sold me.
2005 Scion tC - (M5)
Pros: MOON ROOF
Cons: SQUEAK IN DASHBOARD BUGS ME
Advice: GOOD CAR FOR THE MONEY NOT UP TO TOYOTA STANDARDSDIDN'T TEST DRIVE IT. I SAW IT AT THE NY AUTO SHOW , IN APRIL 04, AND WENT TO SCION THE NEXT DAY AND ORDERED ONE, THE CAR DIDN'T COME OUT TILL JUNE 04. ALREADY HAS SQUEAKING NOISE COMING FROM DASHBOARD WHEN GOING OVER MODERATE BUMPS. I WENT TO PULL MY CELL PHONE CHARGER OUT OF THE DASH SOCKET AND THE WHOLE PEICE OF PLASTIC CAME WITH IT. BLACK INTERIOR SHOWS EVERTHING. DIRT GETS CAUGHT IN THE FIBERS CAN'T GET IT OUT. FLIMSY MOONROOF SHADE AND RADIO COVER. RADIO IS TOO BASSY MUST ADJUST BASS ALL THE WAY DOWN. SEATS ARE DIFFICULT TO SLIIDE FORWARD TO ACCESS BACK SEAT. SEAT DOESN'T ALWAYS RETURN TO SAME POSITION AS SCION SAYS IT WILL. STRANGE NOISE COMING FROM 2ND GEAR WHEN ACCELERATING (AUTO).
2005 Scion tC - (M5)
Cons: The styling is bland
Advice: Try the personalization options available.I am writing this review since I took this car for 24 hours and drove it about 55 miles in total in order to decide about this car versus Corolla XRS. I must say the Scion TC is a very impressive car. Very composed and stable on high speeds. The interior is nothing short of fabulous. Although, in the end I decided to go with the Corolla XRS purely because of personal taste since XRS is over 300 lbs lighter, has more hp ( Celica GT-S engine), 6 speed manual more agile, tossable and athletic ( Car and driver XRS 0-60: 7 secs handling: 0.83g TC 0-60: 7.5 secs handling: 0.81g). Although, I would highly recommend it to people who are looking for a high quality, peppy car which does not require premium gas, but if you do not mind the premium gas and want toyota quality, resale and insane power in your Toyota then Corolla XRS is for you.
2004 Scion xB - (M5)
Pros: cruise control (don't forget this option) Nice sound system for car in this price range. LOTS OF LEG ROOM .
Cons: NOTHING VERY GOOD BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does need a little more power but the good gas milage is better in my case. If I needed a fast car I would of got a WRX.
Advice: Drive it . Then think of the other cars in the same price range. IT ALSO HAS TOYOTA OUALITY. Sold you I hope. I enjoy mine.Nice little van, has a pretty good ride for such a light car. I like the auto trans better,lower rpms at highway speeds. I think it is about 2800 at 70 good enough for me.The gas milage is good too.(37 mpg on hwy.)
2005 Scion tC - (M5)
Cons: Seatbelts are Way over the shoulder
Advice: Drive It - Great quality and performance - UnmatchedI wonder why more manufacturers haven't caught on yet.. People want performance, quality and value. The TC is another winner from Scion. Power, handling ride and standard amenities are all a pleasant suprise is such an agressively priced package. I find myself comparing it to other sports coupes i have driven such as the Audi TT roadster when i catch myself and remember its not even a third the price. It does however provide many of the same thrills. The car handles well, is nimble, and has a quiet sporty smooth ride. Negatives, some ergonomic items - seatbels a bit too far behind you, would like shifter a couple inches further away from the dash. I Always would like more horses under the hood, but this car delivers a good balanced package. Great value! Great Ride! Keep it Up Scion! (I bought an XB as well - Amazingly fun, roomy, vehicle)
2005 Scion xB - (M5)
Pros: The way it looks inside and out
Cons: No armrest, small vanity mirror, and Wish the optional cruise was on the steering wheel
Advice: get the optionals on ebay or other online sources, cheaper then the dealerI have had the car for one month now and I am still IN LOVE WITH IT. Its a quiet ride, comfortable (do much head and leg room in both the front and back. Love the Stereo (bad placement of rear speakers though and could use an amplifier).The speedometer took me 2 days to get used to but now its the most natural thing to look at the dash. The cargo space has come in handy in more then one way. Excellent gas mileage even when I run the air on full blast (NICE AIR , have yet to use the heat). BEST OF ALL I NO LONGER DRIVE A JELLY BEAN!