2008 Scion xB and xD first drive

CNET Car Tech gets preview drives in the upgraded 2008 Scion xB and all new Scion xD.

The 2008 Scion xB is a foot longer and has a smoother body.
The 2008 Scion xB is a foot longer and has a smoother body. CNET Networks

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.

Click here for a photo gallery of our drives in the 2008 Scion xB and xD.

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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