2010 Scion xB Expert Review

You'll Like The 2010 Scion xB If...

If you want a versatile four-door car that is easily customizable, comes with loads of standard features and is affordable, the xB is a great choice. With 60/40 fold-flat rear seats and 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space, it could also be ideal for those with a small family or simply lots of stuff.

You May Not Like The 2010 Scion xB If...

The xB's box-like styling, although less extreme than it used to be, may not appeal to all tastes. And if you love cars that are performance-driven, you may be happier in something a little sportier. The xB also does not offer a V6 – even as an option.

What's New

The 2010 xB gains a new standard Pioneer audio system with 160-watts, auxiliary and USB inputs, rear RCA output and a programmable welcome message screen.

Interior Features

Although it may not look like it from the outside, the interior of the xB has seating that is both roomy and comfortable, even in the second row. The vehicle offers 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space when all seats are up and 69.9 cubic feet when the 60/40 rear seats are folded flat. For the driver who loves listening to music, satellite radio, USB/iPod/MP3 jacks, and a customizable audio faceplate that can display images and short video clips are all within reach.

Exterior Features

The 2010 xB is noticeably rounder and larger than the rolling breadbox that was the original xB. The latest xB touts a rectangular grille flanked by multi-reflector halogen lamp clusters with low projector beams that curve along the car's sides. Echoing these wrap-around headlamps are side-view mirrors with LED turn signals that illuminate in each mirror when activated. Wide pillars at the back end of the car create a bit of a blind spot that some drivers may not like. Standard 16-inch wheels – an inch larger than those on the first generation – do a good job of filling the wheelwells in style.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Scion xB, with its relatively long wheelbase and wide stance, seems to be most at home on urban roads, handling the asphalt with a smooth and noticeably quiet ride, thanks to an improved suspension and noise-damping materials. On rural roads the xB seems a little sluggish, feeling slightly top-heavy through curves and corners. However, the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower is a definite improvement, producing 55 more horsepower than available in the first generation xB and giving it some extra power on hills and freeways. Large disc brakes on all four wheels aid in stopping the vehicle more quickly.

Pricing Notes

Well equipped as a base model, the 2010 Scion xB with manual transmission currently has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and Fair Purchase Price starting around $16,500. An automatic transmission adds about $950. Since prices can differ substantially over time and from region to region, be sure to check Fair Purchase Prices to see what people are actually paying in your area. Overall, the xB costs noticeably less than the Honda Element and the Chrysler PT Cruiser. In terms of resale value, the xB is expected to hold its value in similar fashion to the Element and better than the PT Cruiser.

Notable Equipment

With only one trim level, the xB comes pre-loaded with many features that make it particularly attractive for the asking price. Inside, some of these features are air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a Pioneer audio system with six speakers, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), vehicle stability and traction controls and a first-aid kit. For music lovers, the lower dash houses an iPod interface and auxiliary audio input that allows song information and manipulation through the main unit via the steering wheel audio controls. Gracing the exterior, a chrome exhaust tip and the choice of three wheel-cover designs are included as well.

Notable Options

Since the xB comes with so many features already, many of the options are geared more toward personalizing the car. Such interesting options include color-customizable interior lights with matching cup-holder illumination, sport pedals, illuminated door sill enhancements, in-pillar storage, a subwoofer, 17-inch alloy wheels and a color-keyed rear spoiler. There are a few more practical options that people may choose as well, such as carpeted floor and cargo mats, a navigation system, remote engine start, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, Alpine audio upgrade, fog lights and an auto-dimming mirror.

Favorite Features

Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) Screen

This screen, built into the audio faceplate on the dash, allows you to display personal "skins" to customize the interior of the car. Skins can be created and downloaded on a special site produced by Pioneer just for Scion owners.

iPod Interface

Where most cars only offer an auxiliary audio input jack, the xB also features a standard iPod interface. Plugging an iPod into this port allows it to be operated through the radio head unit. The plug also simultaneously supplies power to the iPod.

Under the Hood

The xB shares its 2.4-liter dual overhead-cam (DOHC) four-cylinder engine with its Scion sibling, the tC. Buyers have the choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic with sequential shifting. Both transmissions help the xB get slightly better gas mileage than the similar Honda Element and the PT Cruiser, which should make it extra appealing to anyone concerned about fuel consumption.

2.4-liter in-line 4

158 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 (manual), 22/28 (automatic)

Editors' Notes

In 2008, Scion asked owners of the first generation xB what they would like to see on the next generation car. Their feedback revealed that people wanted the box-like styling to stay, but also wanted the car to be larger, with a more powerful engine and more standard features, such as cruise control. The result was the second generation 2009 xB, a vehicle that carries over for 2010 basically unchanged. The latest xB should appeal to both Scion enthusiasts and other potential buyers, all at a reasonable price. Scion's straight-forward "mono spec" basic equipment level not only encourages customization, it makes the car-buying process much more personal.

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2010 Scion XB: Kept us super safe in an accident! Never had a mechanical issue!

I have had zero mechanical issues with my car and have owned it since 2010 brand new off the lot. It is incredibly roomy; the leg room in the back seat row is better than any SUV or Sedan plus plenty of trunk space as well. It is stylish looking and runs smoothly. I have driven cross country in this vehicle 2 times and taken many a family vacation in it comfortably. Also I give it 5 stars in safety- once I was driving down a busy highway and construction was going on the side of the road. One of the heavy equipment knocked a tall concrete lamp post that lines the highway and it fell right on top of my scion as I was driving 55 miles an hour down the road! It bounced twice on my roof. I screamed thinking it was going to cave in and hurt my baby in the back. We were OK! It made two large dents but you couldn't even tell from the inside. The build on this car is great and I feel so safe in it after that accident and seeing how safe it kept us.

- Tiffany A

Smooth ride with get up and go!

So far I've not had many problems with the vehicle. I don't like you can't extend the sun visor. I would also have liked it to have been AWD or 4WD. I like it has a tire pressure light, air conditioning, cruise, volume/changing stations button on the steering wheel, and that it is stick shift. All in all, it's been a great vehicle so far.

- Julie F

2010 scion. One of the best cars out there!

I have had my car for about 5 years now and it has just under 100 thousand miles on it. Absolutely no problems at all. The best car I have ever had and it is the 4th car I have owned. Initially, I purchased the car as a car to use just to and from work, but if I had the chance to buy this car new I would jump on the opportunity.

- Austin B

Need a car for camping? Try the scion.

The scion is spacious and roomy. Gets great mileage, and is a very reliable vehicle. This is my 2nd scion, after trading the first one in. I love them as cars, and will likely get another when this one is done. We use it for camping as well, if you lay the seats down, it holds a queen air mattress in the back.

- Kim P

Great and reliable vehicle

I haven't had any issues in terms of performance. The vehicle handles well. Aside from getting a few alignments, due to living in the mountains and driving on rough terrain, no real issues. The only complaint would be how low the car is to the ground, but it hasn't led to any problems.

- Anthony M

My car is amazing and so much room.

For just a small car it has great deal of leg room for the tall people, uneven great headroom for the top people also. Great gas mileage. Fun to drive, plenty of room for all my stuff. It easy to find parking with my little car. Great get up and go power. Comfortable in the backseat.

- Cindi S

Great, very well built, never experienced major problems

I love the Scion xB handling and driving. It seems small on the outside but roomy on the inside. Low maintenance vehicles very well built. I have had the older model too. And always is reliable. Just routine maintenance and has always been a good running car.

- Sarah F

Scion standard model -stereo upgrade.

There have been recalls-window switch, airbag switch. It does get very good mileage 29-20 highway-standard transmission, lots of room, back seats fold down, great alpine stereo, jacks for iPod, mp3 players, cruise control is very reliable, comfortable seats.

- Rod Q

I feel since it�s manual, I get great speed.

It's manual and good on gas. I've never had any major issues. I'm going on 195,000 miles and have no engine issues. The car is roomy and Can actually fit 2 twin size mattresses in it. The speakers sound clear and the bass gives the music something special.

- Rebecca M

Check On Your Car Regularly

I have nothing to say it just a regular low gas miles car. I make sure that the transmission fluid is always at a good level and is changed periodically to make sure your car can shift smoothly and keep you in control of the car at all times

- Arel H

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