The steering wheel is rather simple with only the most basic audio controls. The steering wheel is connected to the driving wheels via Toyota's electronic power steering, which sacrifices road feel for low steering effort.
The instrument cluster is positioned at the top-center of the dashboard, presumably so that even your backseat passengers can admire it. We'd have preferred the gauges be located in front of the most important passenger: the driver.
The 2.4-liter engine that resides under the xB's hood has already proven itself behind the grill of the much larger Toyota Camry. Horsepower and torque numbers are modest for a mill this size, but in the lighter xB, the engine's broad power band really shines.
We were surprised to find that Toyota was still equipping the xB with a four-speed automatic transmission. However, we were equally surprised at how well the slushbox performed. There is no fuel economy penalty for choosing an automatic xB over the manually shifted variant.