I test-drove an xB today. It’s very cute, and I like the features, but the inside feels really sparse in comparison to my current vehicle. I wouldn’t consider buying one without cruise control, which I understand can be added on. I would also prefer a moonroof which I understand is also possible, but pricey.
One thing that does make me wonder is the cargo room. I could see getting a good number of grocery bags across that space and piled on top of one another, but the cargo net – at $50 – becomes necessary, at that point. I was pleased when my husband was able to get into the backseat, sit there and them climb out comfortably. He’s very tall and muscular and backseats are regularly too small. That was a pleasant surprise.
This line is geared (per the specially trained Scion salesguy I dealt with today) toward young people, new college grads and first (new) car buyers. The neon lights and decals and sound systems are clearly not meant to attract fogies like me, and the gas mileage is supposed to be a boon to environmentally-sensitive youth. (Yeah, whatever.) I am torn between the sentiment of “leave it to the kids” and the kitsch value of driving around in a small (but comfortable) rolling box.
But I’m probably going to end up in a Subaru Forester so that I can have side protection airbags for my kids.