Thursday morning was a good day for CNET Car Tech editors--we got to drive the 2008 Scion xB and 2008 Scion xD. Even since Scion was born (some say fully-formed, bursting out of Toyota's head), the xB has been a polarizing car: some hate it, some love it. Whatever your opinion, you have to admit that the car is unique. But the xB has been around for three years, and Scion needs to keep it fresh. The new xB has a smoother body and more powerful engine. It's also about a foot longer, with plenty of rear seat space.
The xD replaces the xA, and isn't nearly as interesting. But, like the xB, it comes with standard iPod integration plus an auxiliary audio input. And this is really good iPod integration, letting you select songs from the iPod through the stereo interface. One side to the story that Scion doesn't particularly emphasize is that these cars represent excellent value. They are built well and come with road-holding gear such as traction control and electronic brakeforce distribution, all for well under $20,000.