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.

  • Lou_BC In my town the dealers are bad for marking up products, even pickups. There were multiple "mega-projects" on the go in my region so money was flowing fast and loose both by corporations and employees. All of that is coming to an end plus we've seen a pulpmill close, one pulpmill line close and a few sawmill closures. Cash is getting tight.
  • Lou_BC Branding is very powerful and effective. I always get a kick out of hardcore Harley Davidson fans. The "Jap scrap" mentality exists even in Canada. I used to get derided for riding Japanese bikes. I confused a bunch of Harley guys once when I pointed out that in Canada, Harley is just as much as a foreign import as Yamaha. They tried to argue that a Harley made in USA was not a foreign made bike. The cognitive dissonance made me laugh.
  • Ajla It's weird how surveys come to conclusions like this when about 100% of the responses then mock the results as ridiculous.
  • Jkross22 It very much depends on the dealer. Just bought a replacement for the CX9. A local dealer gave a $500 discount on a CPO car while another one gave a few thousand dollar discount but was out of the area and we had to drive 5 hours to get. The local dealer still seems to think it's 2022 and cars appreciate when sitting on the lot. I wish them luck.
  • Ajla "and the $34K price doesn't seem too steep." Respectfully disagree. This would be okay at $29K. $34k clangs into way too much.