Scion: Where did They Come From?
A seemingly more and more popular movement toward smaller more fuel efficient vehicles has brought the American auto market the Scion line of automobiles, by why and where did they come from? Does scion have any other vehicles to choose from other than the xB, which resembles a larger version of a countertop kitchen appliance?
Scion is a brand produced by Toyota specifically targeting the latest generation of car owners, generation Y. With a smaller, boxier look, and some really cool feature, the Scion lineup appeals to this generation by being less expensive and full of automation for the newest generation.
The familiar face of the Scion lineup is the xB hatchback which does resemble a box on wheels; however Scion offers a lineup of coupes for the buyer who is looking for a great coupe and doesn’t particularly care for the boxy look of the xB or xB.
The Scion FRS is a good looking small coupe with a seriously sporty look and feel about it. With automation throughout the car from one touch power windows to keyless entry to Bluetooth and HD Radio technology built in the FRS is built for the young professional on the go. Adding to the full automation and sporty good looks the FRS also brings along a 25 city/34 hwy mileage tag to help keep the fuel costs down. The FRS brings the highest price tag of the Scion series, but is the crown jewel, coming in at just over $25,000.
Next on the plate is the iQ, a cute little hatchback made to fit into tight places and not require fueling nearly as much as most other vehicles on the road. Similarly equipped as the FRS, the iQ has a small price tag, a modest $16,500, but gives the owner a ton of driving pleasure. A very agile small car, the iQ bring along a 36 city/37 hwy mileage to make it a great car to drive around town.
The third installment for Scion is the tC coupe, not quite as sporty as the FRS, but a really nice, easy and fun to drive coupe. Again, a wonderfully equipped vehicle with lots of high tech gadgets to play with and great fuel economy bringing a 23 city/31 hwy mileage and an affordable price tag of just under $21,000.
On the menu next is the car which seems to be synonymous with Scion, the xB. A fully functional hatchback, the xB although very boxy on its wheels is very versatile with cargo space, fold down seats, and once again plenty of standard gadgets to make the techies very happy. Starting under $18,000, the xB has a fuel economy of 22 city/28 hwy. Obviously a little low on the highway end, this hatchback is meant for city living with agile steering and a short wheelbase it easily fits anywhere in the city.
Finally, a four door version of a Scion vehicle with the xD hatchback shows the American auto world Scion has family in mind too. A functional, versatile car for anyone in the city or out in the sticks, the xD is fully loaded with features to please anyone and with the four door configuration is great as a family vehicle. Carrying a great 27 city/33 hwy mileage and a nice small price tag of $17,300, the xD is a great car for anyone on a budget.
Overall the Scion lineup has a few common factors, great price, good cars, nice standard features, and good mileage. All five vehicles appear to have more standard features than most cars on the market today, and can have a plethora of additional accessories added such as premium audio systems with touchscreens, alloy wheels, remote starts, and even mudguards and spoilers. Just taking a tour of the Scion website gives the feel of next generation thinking, the kind of thinking and features that would attract the always connected younger generations.