2011 Scion xB Interior, Exterior Styling
The 2011 Scion xB continues the tradition found in previous Scions and in certain other vehicles of mounting the primary gauges, such as fuel and speed and engine temperature, in the center of the dash board rather than on the driver's side. This pattern is found in vehicles such as the Toyota Yaris, which, like the Scion, is also made by Toyota, and while some drivers may be used to the configuration, many drivers are likely to be a little thrown off, at least at first, by the lack of instrumentation directly in front of them.
With that in mind, the speedometer is a digital display that is easier to read than the average analogue display found in most non luxury cars on the road, but since the speedometer is located in the center of the vehicle rather than in the driver's direct field of vision, it is still harder to read than it needs to be. Similarly, the tachometer, which provides figures for the revolutions per minute of the engine, is rather small and requires a lot of effort and attention from the driver to read while on the road.
The controls for the climate control are simple and easy to understand, which is a plus. The face plates for the radio and stereo system are clearly designed to be used by a younger generation who are familiar with high tech manipulation of controls, which might throw off some older drivers, although it is not too difficult to get used to them with a little practice.