• Feb 5th 2008 at 12:03PM
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Here's a little something we've been cooking up for a while. We've seen your cries for more video reviews, and it's on our minds, too. We've been trying to bring you more video in a lot of ways lately; Chris Shunk recently walked us through the new Grand Caravan, and Damon and Sam shot some video when they went to visit Tesla to drive the Roadster. You can visit our YouTube Channel to see just how many videos we've been producing lately.

We decided to try our hand at producing an In the Autoblog Garage new car review on video, and you'll find our results after the jump. Let us know what you think of our first video review, which stars the 2007 Scion xB, as we hope to make it a regular feature. Also check out Sam Abuelsamid's review of the 2007 Scion xB in written form.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice video format, but overly harsh review. Course thats to be expected on AB, and as noted by the comments, AB knows its target audience when it creates these reviews. I liked the link to YouTube which had the Edmunds review right beside the AB review. Much kinder, less editorializing, and more focus on the actual quality features of this car. Scion listened to its consumers when it created gen2. The consumers asked or more room and power, and thats what they got. And they are selling plenty of the new model. I dont believe any of the posters here liked the original xB, so why should they like this one. Furthermore, it is only gonna get better when they change the 2.4 for the 2.7L engines, my guess is in the 2010 model year. I also like the fact that its dramatic changes really make the first xB even more unique, maybe it'll be a collectors item in 20 years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think I'm allowed to drive this.

      I still have both of my testicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Video's OK, but I actually prefer to read the reviews. Plus, people who check Autoblog at work (which isn't me ironically) might prefer text to a video with audio.
      • 7 Years Ago
      YAY!!! NJ PLATES!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The fast talking narrator made me nervous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great review guys! I like the video format... much more professional then earlier shots at this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not trying to be rude, but I feel that it is a bit inappropriate, not to mention unprofessional to call the vehicle a 2007, when Scion skipped the '07 model and released the second-generation xB as a 2008. Two minutes of research would show this. This type of ignorance speaks a lot about the up-and-coming site that attracts tons of loyalists.

      When it comes to the review, I think it was a tad harsh, though much of it I agree with, having sat and driven the new model. The new xB lost its uniqueness in search of a money-making dime-a-dozen class. Nice try Scion, but you should have given America second-generation Toyota bB instead!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great work Dan (plus whoever else was involved.)

      I would suggest more shots of the car in motion if time/location/personnel permit. It would have been particularly nice to see the body roll you mentioned.

      Otherwise fantastic job!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, that was pretty cool, not the car, but the video. You guys should keep this up.

      BTW, what happened to the reader rides?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota PLEASE listen to your customers and bring the JDM Bb and bring it to the states!!!

      And do this to the remaining Scion Xb. So we can put this mistake behind us all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Quick, the xB is pulling up, close the garage door!!
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