4. Punchy power
The xB is surprisingly powerful in a straight line. Despite its 158 hp rating, the 3,084 lb. xB has enough grunt to leave a stoplight in a spritely fashion thanks to the 162 lb-ft of torque on tap. Power can be sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. When it comes to automatic gearing for compact vehicles, Toyota’s mantra over the past few decades seems to be “we’ll give you four, but no more.”
Fuel mileage for the automatic is officially rated at 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. After a week of mixed driving, we averaged 25.6 mpg.