Used Car of the Day: 2009 Scion xB

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

This might be the first Scion ever featured in this series. Certainly, it's probably not the last Scion (hey hey!). Anyway, this 2009 Scion xB has a five-speed manual and 123,000 miles.

Our seller says it has been well maintained with the oil changes done at the OEM-recommended 5,000 miles, but it has been in an accident, way back in 2009. Apparently, it was totaled.

The seller says he or she has spoken with the body shop that did the repair work and ... well, the post cuts off. That said, our seller has driven the xB for a decade with no apparent issues. Caveat emptor, as always.

If you're willing to take a risk on a quirky daily driver with a stick, click here.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Apr 17, 2024

    If only it had an automatic, it could have been sold at any senior center in America.

  • Mister Mister on Apr 17, 2024

    It wasn't helped any by the horrible fuel economy for what it was... something like 22mpg city, iirc.

  • NJRide So this is an average age of car to be junked now and of course this is a lower end (and now semi-orphaned) product. But street examples seem to still be worth 2500? So are cars getting junked only coming in because of a traumatic repair? If not it seems a lot of cars being junked that would still possibly worth more than scrap.Also Murilee I remember your Taurus article way back what is the king of the junkyard in 2024?
  • AMcA I applaud Toyota for getting away from the TRD performance name. TuRD. This is another great example of "if they'd just thought to preview the name with a 13 year old boy."
  • Jeff Does this really surprise anyone? How about the shoes and the clothes you wear. Anything you can think of that is either directly made in China or has components made in China likely has some slave labor involved. The very smart phone, tablet, and laptop you are using probably has some component in it that is either mined or made by slave labor. Not endorsing slave labor just trying to be real.
  • Jeff Self-driving is still a far ways from being perfected. I would say at the present time if my car took over if I had a bad day I would have a much worse day. Would be better to get an Uber
  • 2manyvettes Time for me to take my 79 Corvette coupe out of the garage and drive if to foil the forces of evil. As long as I can get the 8 track player working...