Considered outside of its competition, the current xB is a pretty cool car, what with its Chrysler 300-style chopped-roof, gangster looks. But when you compare it with the even more funky-cool original xB, not to mention the Nissan Cube and the Kia Soul, the current xB falls a bit flat in the looks department, particularly inside the car, as Evan already noted.
On the highway, the xB is quieter and more pleasant than the Cube, though, which is definitely a good thing. The Scion is also spacious and comfortable, so it should please most Toyota customers, who are typically more of the car-as-appliance mind-set than the automotive-enthusiast crowd. And $19K is not a bad price to pay for a subcompact hatch that has some style to boot.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor