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2010 Scion XB: Quick Review


The 2010 Scion xB is a little more curvy than the previous model.  However, it still has that boxy look that you either love, or hate. 

Some buyers will think it's a quirky and fashionable small car, while others will think it looks funny or just plain ugly in appearance.  Whatever your point of view, there is no denying that the xB has a lot to offer within its small package.

A major plus for this vehicle is the affordable price: At a starting price of $15, 850, it is reasonably priced for its class. 

The 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder that makes 158 horsepower is not going to blow you away in the driving seat.  Still, it has the power that you would expect from this kind of car, and possible just a little more. 

But due to the additional weight and added power in the latest model, the xB does not have the fuel economy you would expect from a small car in this class.  The EPA rates it at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway, so it's not the greenest of choices.

Most drivers believe the Scion xB makes for a fun drive, overall it gives a smooth and reliable drive.  The steering and handling are positive enough, and the brakes are accurate. 

The exterior may look small, but you will be pleasantly surprised by how much room there is on the inside.  When it comes to cargo space, the Scion xB has a respectable 21.7 cubic feet or 69.9 with the seats down.

The seats are comfortable and roomy, and the vehicle has been praised for the amount of front row space.  One complaint, though: There is no telescopic steering wheel, which can give some drivers an awkward driving position.

Interior controls are not very convenient, to say the least.  The speedometer is a nice digital design, but it is placed over to the right, out of the drivers vision.  The transmission shift lever is also in an awkward place, on a low part of the dashboard where it easily gets in the way when it shouldn't. 

Standard safety features include traction control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and stability control If you're into affordable small cars, the 2010 Scion xB is one option in the class. Overall, it rates about average--neither a showstopper nor a choice to avoid.

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