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I have an original xb, and it's been my favorite beater car ever. I beat the crap out of it, having taken it into some serious areas of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. I get 30mpg on the highway, it's peppy, super light weight, and the front passenger seat fold down almost completely flat, allowing me to easily sleep in the car when traveling.
It's a great photographer's car.
(However, I will say that I don't like the new ones as much. I don't like the body re-design, the fact that it's heavier and has a smaller engine.)
Todd- Both are reliable cars that appeal to a fairly limited group of buyers.
I have a friend who owns a first generation xB and he also really likes it. That's what inspired me to investigate the second generation. I preferred the 2nd gen because of the additional safety and comfort features that were included for a small increase in price.
Plus the extra power of the 2nd gen. I'm not sure where you got your horsepower numbers from, Todd, but they are in error:
1st gen 108 horses.
2nd gen 158 horses.
They dropped the Camry's 4-banger into the 2nd generation xB and immediately turned it into a fast car- that still got good mpg.