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2010 Scion xB

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2010 Scion xB Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car 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 This Car 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 for 2010

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.

Driving the xB

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.

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.

2010 Scion xB Details
2010 Scion xB photo Interior

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
2010 Scion xB photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard 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.

Optional Equipment

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.

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)

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2010 Scion xB Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 270 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Best car I have ever owned

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car, fun to drive with Toyota reliability"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Lookd great in white

"My wife has a 2006 xB and it is such a great car I decided to replace my 2009 RAV4 with a new 2015 xB. This car has more room and cargo capacity than the RAV4 did and it drives and rides better and is quieter that then RAV4. Scion has improved this car every year since its introduction in 2008. It is now so quiet and smooth that it feels and sounds like a very expensive car. The sound system is great, better that my RAV4 which had the optional JBL sound. Gas mileage to date with only 1,000 miles on it has been better than advertised with 23 MPG city and 30 Highway. My wife and I are both over 65 and find the higher seating position makes entry and exit very easy. This car is a great dollar value and giving more for your money than many more expensive vehicles."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Lookd great in white

Huge Interior Great Price 29 MPG city and highway

By on Sunday, November 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Low Price, Roomy Interior, Unique Look"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Scion xB with aftermarket window tinting, fog lights, upgraded NAV unit

"Just purchased 2015 Scion xB and I am averaging 29.3 MPG for the first 3500 miles on the road. The vehicle is a manual transmission model. Not sure why others are reporting poor MPG. I live in the midwest with very few hills and I have a manual transmission so perhaps that might be the reason. Plenty of stop and go traffic and some highway driving and still achieve 29 MPG. I actually like the center gauges. At night I do not have the annoying gauge lights below me while viewing the road. It is quite easy on the eyes. Also the digital speedometer is a big plus over dial gauge. We place an iPad on the passenger side dash and lays there flat nicely. I am a 6'4" person and this vehicle is unbelievably roomy (headroom and leg room are stellar) even in the back seat. I initially was not keen on the boxy look of the vehicle but after tinting the windows and installing fog lights myself the exterior is very appealing. I have several comments on the look and the BIG interior. Reliability with Toyota Camry engine should be well above average. I do not observe the road noise as others have stated. I looked at a Kia Soul. You will be very disappointed in the interior size. Very small. Initial features of the car are not great. Get the vehicle for $17K with no options and then add aftermarket or the Toyota options yourself. I added fog lights, window tinting, and upgraded to apple car play receiver and navigation unit."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Scion xB with aftermarket window tinting, fog lights, upgraded NAV unit

This is a bullet proof box

By on Monday, October 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 211,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "very reliable efficient automobile; huge interior"

Cons: "rear sightlines are poor"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have just turned 211,000 on the odometer and have only changed brake pads and tires when needed. With regular maintenance, this vehicle refuses to break. About 40,000 miles ago, had a yen for a new car, but the Xb was running well, so invested in a "wall paper woody kit" from stripeman.com and it added a new personality. Design wise it is elegant in that it has everything you need packaged in an efficient configuration. Would gladly pay a few $K more for updated interior materials. Too bad 2015 is the last year for this model."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

119650 miles later and still strong (2008xb)

By on Friday, October 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,620

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great gas mileage/room and dependable"

Cons: "exterior shell is flimsy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car in 08 and parked the truck during the high gas prices of 2008. Started traveling as an ER RN across the country with it. Never had a breakdown/let down from it. Its not flashy but extremely dependable. exterior is flimsy and ive lost alot of the rubber exterior molding. It just flew off on the highway. Put some fresh plugs in it at 115000k and the motor returned new form! Very low maintenance vehicle. Love it. Its a great commuter car that fits in some tight places with ease. Looking at buying another scion in the near future"

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

If you like keeping it simple, buy it!

By on Friday, September 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Just a great car."

Cons: "Really, haven't found one yet."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is an excellent machine. We looked at the Kia Soul and were debating between the two. What made us buy the XB were the following: 1. Simplicity of the controls and dash. The odometer is easy to get used too. In fact, I now look there in my Sienna and Outback for the speed. I find it easier to use once you drive it a little. All the other controls are super simple to use and non-complicated. The Soul seemed very complicated and clustered. 2. The rear gate is wider and and I believe taller than the Soul. It lifts out of the way so you will not hit your head if you are tall (6'4" here). More cargo space is a huge advantage. You can easily fit 2 mountain bikes in the back with the necessary equipment for the day. 3. Interior space is tremendous. There is plenty of room for any size person in the front and back. The rear seats have vastly superior seating than the Soul. If you want to be cramped-up, go with the Soul. The front seating arrangement in both cars, are near the same with the edge to the XB. It just seemed a little more spacious even though the XB is 2 inches narrower. 4. Gas mileage has been near 29 miles per gallon on 87. I am not sure about the Soul as the government has forced them to adjust their mileage down do to overstating. 5. It is very simple to get in and out of both cars. In fact it almost scary on how easy it is. If this is a problem for you, look at either one of these cars. You will be very impressed. 6. Lastly, you have an airy feeling driving the car. Plenty of headroom. We have found limited blind spots and decent acceleration with the XB. Sort of like driving a go cart. It is relaxing and fun. We did buy the weathertech mats and they fit like a glove. My only negative about the car is that I am unable to drive it as much as I would like. My kids love it and are constantly using it. This simply is a great car in this price point."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Good car

By on Tuesday, September 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,555

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good driving car and easy to get into and out of."

Cons: "Used as taxis in cities lowers the trade in value"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have over 55k on my Scion XB and it is my wifes car. I get 29-30 mpg even in the heat of Arizona. It is a very easy car to get into and out of and is very good to drive. Value is not great. Have had no mechanical problems at all. Has started to give some rattles or two the the dealer fix under warranty. They are no longer made (Scion went to new models) so value will drop. I like the car alot because of the ease of driving it. My wife and I will drive this car for the next 5 years or so."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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