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#32 of 1370 Hi Folks- Sorry, I had to delete a post.
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Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards
Apr 02, 2003 (10:27 pm)
I lived in Japan for a while, I never loved the Scion. You have so many other cars that are a better deal than the Scion. For around the same price as a base Scion, you could get a more powerful Nissan Sentra or Hyundai Elantra, change the stereo (and get A/C for the Sentra), and still be able to beat a modified Scion at a stop light. (I'm going by HP here, correct me if I'm wrong). Scion should have a "Runaway" success.
#35 of 1370 originalflavor
Apr 02, 2003 (11:51 pm)
Actually, I think the price is very competitive.
The Sentra and the Elantra are two of the blandest cars available. And if either car is faster, it's marginal - not that it is the point of any of those cars. I'd rather take the Scion's engine, which has reasonable torque and outstanding gas mileage.
But I think the point of the Scion is the unique look. If you don't like it, don't bother, if you do, it's the only game in town.
#36 of 1370 Great review!
Apr 03, 2003 (6:48 am)
Hi Folks- Check out Edmunds' First Drive of the 2004 Scion xA and XB and let us know what you think! Thanks for your comments.
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#37 of 1370 Am I gen x or y?
Apr 03, 2003 (12:21 pm)
As a 25 year old, I am tired of corporate america trying to pry into our wallets with shallow schemes like this scion crap! I like the Xb and Xa alot, but I feel the creation of this brand is a crap because its supposed to grab kids that aren't into brands that have mass appeal....WHAT!!!
let's see: WRX, Lancer Evo, supra, celica, prelude, BMW3, Mazda protege, p5, M6, any german roadster, civic, accord (yes even accords)the matrix and corolla...I'll stop now the list is long....
in all honestly this brand was created because of the pricing of this vehicle. Just as VW's prices will be going up thanks to the W8 and whatever else they got cooking, or as Hyundai wil have to do if their reliabilty holds water, the lowering of prices negatively affects the brand image.
Also I believe that with all its options, these two newcomers will find themselves among the list of "cars stolen and stripped" very quicly. Its just too tempting to do it to a car with "disco lights" on the inside.
Its a shame that all these companies are trying to keep it real when keeping it real requires no effort or intent....
just my 2 centz
#38 of 1370 dsantiago
Apr 03, 2003 (1:40 pm)
Apr 03, 2003 (1:55 pm)
Read the "first drive" article. It explains the brand, the strategy the brand will use to sell its product, and the image the brand hopes to portray.
Scion is not a brand aiming for older drivers, it is specifically aiming at younger ones, hoping that a hopped up echo will attract their target market.
Apr 06, 2003 (1:07 am)
True, Scion may have the most unique look and it may be gas-efficent, but I also think that teens like me care about performance. Wouldn't it hurt a teen's pride if a friend's parents' Odyssey beat his Scion at a stoplight? He would probably be jealous too that his Scion is just an econobox and can't be used to go offroad like his friend's Element.
Then again, it does depend on what you value most in a car, but I wouldn't be expecting to see very many Generation-Y ers buying a Scion.
#41 of 1370 originalflavor
Apr 07, 2003 (10:22 am)
You have a point, but at the same time, think about how many fixed up cars you see that are all show and no go? You put 18 inch wheels and a supercharger on a Civic DX and you've shelled out a lot of money and can still barely beat that Odyssey. Yet it happens all the time.
A lot of people (kids included) buy cars for looks. Maybe the bX can be one of those cars. (or maybe not)
But I think it will sell, because if nothing else, it is unique. And it's nice to finally see some cars with personality.