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2011 Scion xB Release Version 8.0 (photos)

Although the base vehicle hasn't been updated in a few years, Scion makes its xB look fresh with a limited-edition Release Version 8.0, featuring a custom paint color and a body kit.

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The Scion xB got a major update in 2007, which included a drastic restyling of the body. Occasionally, Scion creates Release Versions of some of its models. For the xB, this is Release Version 8.0, with a custom paint color and body kit.

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The xB features unmistakable looks, a squarish little car with softened edges. The body kit on the Release Version 8.0 adds subtle styling along the rear bumper and sides.

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The engine in the xB is not very advanced. It is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing 158 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque.

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Although a small car, the xB's design makes for plenty of interior room with ample space for five passengers, along with a decent-size cargo area.

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With its MacPherson struts up front and torsion beam rear suspension, the xB handles surprisingly well. Sport tuning leads to good stability in corners, but can also cause a jarring ride.

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Textures over the dashboard plastics make the interior look good, and cloth inserts in the door panels are a nice touch.

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As you would expect from the shape of the xB, there is a good cargo space in back.

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The xB uses an electric power-steering unit, which is tuned well for an engaging drive.

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Audio controls on the steering wheel will work with most aftermarket head units.

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Scion uses four gauges overlapping, for a nice instrument cluster effect. But the button to change the trip information display is a long reach from the driver.

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The four-speed automatic transmission is rather primitive, but the xB can also be had with a five-speed manual.

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This Alpine head unit comes with the Premium Sound package, and features HD radio. However, it does not have Bluetooth streaming audio.

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Since the Scion brand first launched, all the cars have had iPod integration standard.

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