Toyota created the Scion brand to attract younger buyers and to that end, they have been wildly successful. The model that set the tone for the company was xB, originally a renaming of a current Toyota model sold in Japan, it was updated in 2007 to better serve its American market. In the process, it grew in length by over a foot and picked up nearly 600 lbs. This plumping up of the model was not taken well by many of its fans. However, the changes do make the xB a more useful, more real car like vehicle. The new, larger engine also makes the acceleration more likable.
The Scion is propelled by the same 158 HP 2.4 liter four cylinder that powers the TC and the base Camry. It gets slightly worse EPA estimated fuel economy than the previous version, but it remains very respectable at 22mpg city and 28mpg highway. This is combined with far better acceleration than the previous iteration.
Driving impressions of the xB suggest that the changes for the second generation were a full success. At speed, the new model is much more stable than the previous model.
Bodystyles: Four-door hatchback
Engines: 2.4L I-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
2010 Scion xBs receive two new audio systems. The base stereo becomes a 160-watt, six-speaker Pioneer unit with satellite radio support and a USB input. The optional Alpine unit keeps the six speakers and 160-watt amp, but receives a 4.3-inch touch screen, HD radio support, and multiple RCA outputs. Additionally, Sizzling Crimson Mica paint is added in place of Blackberry Crush Metallic.
Scion offers plenty of exterior customization accessories to spice-up the xB’s boxy exterior, such as wheels and a body kit. Stock, the xB rides on 16-inch steelies and doesn’t stand out much from the crowd.
The xB’s boxy exterior packaging results in copious interior room. With four passengers inside, not one will be cramped, even if all are over 6-feet tall. Maximum cargo room is a cavernous 69.9 cubic-feet.
The xB’s 158 horsepower, 162 pound-feet, 2.4-liter I-4 provides plenty of grunt for the boxy hatchback — a stark contrast to the previous-generation’s anemic powerplant. Though the extra power was necessary given the second-generation’s xB extra size, it has resulted in sub-30 mpg fuel economy for the gen-two box. Despite its rectangular shape, the 3000-pound xB is relatively agile on its feet.
An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, the 2010 Scion xB comes standard with dual front, front side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and seatbelt pretensioners.
22 mpg city/28 mpg highway
- Copious cargo room
- Lots of accessories
- Solid power
- Lacks charm of the original
- MPG could be better
A grown-up box
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