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Scion xB Safety & Crash Test Results

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  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    This original model of the xB does not have side bags - I heard no room to install them. Maybe it hasnot been tested and won't be, or its test was poor. There is supposed to be a re-design in 2006 or 2007 that will incorporate side bags.
  • carquerycarquery Posts: 35
    Hi,

    I can't find any crash test data on the Scion Xb, does anyone know if/when it is scheduled to be tested. I'm reluctant to consider buying it without this information.

    Thanks!
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I came across some Japanese and maybe European crash data and it did well, but crash standards are moving target in this country, what with the Insurance Institute upping the ante with their offset crash and new side impact test.

    To put it into a different perspective, the car is much better than most cars sold five years or more ago, due to ongoing advances in engineering. Still, it is a small car; assuming you have gotten past that hurdle it is probably as safe as a Civic or Corolla or Matrix unless they have side curtain airbags, in which case they are safer (side curtain airbags are not an option in the xB).

    On the other hand, the xB has stability control and ABS, which improve the safety factor.
  • luvmbootyluvmbooty Posts: 271
    I like the long list of safety features but why leave out airbags? I think in this day and age, who was the idiot to forget that? I would never buy a car without them.

    It costs a little more and fuel efficiency is slightly under xB, but I think I'd rather buy a Matrix. Not to mention it's faster and bigger.

    Then again with options added to Matrix, I could buy a 4 cyl Sonata which has 162 Horsepower and a much larger interior. All safety features are standard and high crash test ratings (including airbags)! :P :P :P

    Would consider xB as an less expensive alternative to a Sonata if it had airbags. I love how all these entry level cars have low MSRPs but once you add all the popular options your paying the same as next tier prices or very close! :cry: :surprise: :mad:
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    Airbags were not really "left out." The xB does have front air bags, and old design of the present body cannot accomodate side air bags. The thin doors and their closeness to the seats do not have enough space for side air bags.
  • Hi all, this survey recently rated all major family cars with a star rating for crash test safety.
    http://carsguide.news.com.au/story/0,20384,20148974-21822,00.html
  • prosaprosa Posts: 280
    The xB does have front air bags, and old design of the present body cannot accomodate side air bags. The thin doors and their closeness to the seats do not have enough space for side air bags.

    Now that does not inspire much confidence!
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    I would not buy an xB for safety. If you said it was an eggshell, you would only be figuratively correct, as a box is weaker than an eggshell. The xB was designed as a Japanese city car about 7 years ago. It's priorities were usable volume, compactness, practicality, and economy, more so than crash safety.
  • In the daytime last week, I was involved in a slow-moving 20 mph crash in heavy traffic wasn't good when the person in front of me slowed then did a "dead stop". All my lights were in tact but the front of my Scion xB buckeled up in the middle and raised the hood 10-12 inches. I was going 20 miles per hour and the air bags didn't go off due to the mild impact but the front of the car will cost over $6000.00 and three weeks in the shop to repair. All were safe in the car. The Scion xB, incidentally does need an interior front-seat interior dome light which is only located in the back on the ceiling which is very frustrating. One has to open the door to see anything at night.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    "... The Scion xB, incidentally does need an interior front-seat interior dome light which is only located in the back on the ceiling which is very frustrating. One has to open the door to see anything at night..."

    I stuck a silver Dot-It over the mirror, and black Dot-Its on each side of the trunk area. I got mine from Amazon but saw them later in a checkout aisle at Meijers superstore. Here's a 3-pack for $20 from Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-Self-Adhesive-Bright-Silver-3-PACK/dp/B000ES41HQ/- - sr=8-2/qid=1161359534/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/102-0625716-2908137?ie=UTF8
  • Allow me to say this first, there is no other car on the market that I will buy other then a Scion XB ( I am waiting for the 2008. That being said, I got rear ended in my 2005 at about 40 mph and I was at a stop light. My back seat was almost touching my front seat and I am , thankfully short, or I would have had back problems. The frame was bent and the car, body kit, eurostyle tail lights and billet grill, were totaled. Not telling you this to scare you, Trust me when I tell you its the best car I have ever owned, I am thrilled that the 2008 is a foot longer, and I think that parents that are looking for a new scion should wait for the new model as well to take advantage of that extra foot and side impact airbags.
  • dan115dan115 Posts: 1
    US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, tested the cars and announced its report on the crash test rating in December 2006 as in the website:

    http://www.iihs.org/news/2006/iihs_news_121906.pdf

    Car model Front Crash Side Crash Rear Crash

    Nissan Versa Good Good Good
    Toyata Yaris Good Good Marginal
    Honda Fit Good Good Poor
    Mini Cooper Good Acceptable Marginal Chevolet Aveo Acceptable Marginal Poor
    SCION XB Good Poor Marginal
    TOYOTA Yaris Good Poor Marginal
    HYUNDAI ACCENT Acceptable Poor Poor
    / KIA RIO

    I typed them all out for you. Hope that it is useful.
    Dan
  • :surprise: Yeah, I feel your pain I just recently purchased a 2008 Scion XB and was rear ended by another toyota yesterday going about 50 mph, when I was at a dead stop. But my results were quite different. The only damage that the guy at the write up bridge at the dealer was seeing was just to my rear bumper. It had been ripped off pretty much at the driver side but was still clipped on (at the few places it was) pretty good. After the accident I was able to drive it well over 100 miles to my dealer doing over 70 mph. So what I would just like to say if obviously It were a heavier vehicle It would have done alot more damage but overall this little car is tough. If anyone reading this is worried about purchasing a new 08 or 09 Scion XB due to safety reasons don't be, I could have never of been happier with the way my car handeled the accident they are sturdy little cars with a ton of pep in them and they handle rear impacts very well In my experience.
  • I'm happy your Scion stood up in the accident and you walked away unharmed!
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