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College Car Review: 2010 Scion xB


2010 Scion xB

2010 Scion xB

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Engine - 2010 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl)

Engine - 2010 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl)

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Audio System - 2010 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl)

Audio System - 2010 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl)

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Trunk - 2010 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl)

Trunk - 2010 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl)

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For 2010, the controversial and box-like Scion xB improves on its second generation revisions (which were made two years ago) and adds a few upgrades to its audio system. With a spacious interior, trusty four-cylinder engine, and competitively-priced trim levels, the 2010 xB is an excellent choice for any college student or recent graduate to maneuver in a busy world.

Now in its third year, the second-gen xB offers its driver the same customizable, yet economical package that we are used to seeing from Scion. The 2010 model is bigger, heavier and more round than the original Scion xB, but it now has sufficient space to carry people and cargo around the city or campus.

To intrigue the Scion demographic of young, simple, and fashionable car buyers, the 2010 xB offers an advancement of Pioneer and Alpine audio equipment in standard or optional packages. This includes a new interface for music devices like iPods or flash drives, and RCA outputs to make subwoofer additions in a snap.

The optional audio package from Alpine adds a larger, electroluminescent touch screen head unit with HD radio, Bluetooth, navigation, and a back-up camera.

Under the hood, the 2010 xB uses the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder as the new Scion tC and Toyota Camry. It produces a healthy 158 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of the standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic. Either combination will get you an average combined 24 mpg---a lacking figure that shows just how much weight the new xB has to carry around.

Other customizable options available on the 2010 xB include 16 or 17-inch wheel packages, fog lights, various shift knobs, remote start, rear spoiler, and even headrest-mounted DVD systems for passengers in the rear seats.

The Scion xB may have created the strange “boxy-car” market, but it is no longer the only choice available. Models like the Kia Soul, Nissan Cube, and Chevy HHR have all taken cues from the square Scion designers. However, with a base price around $15,000 and a vast list of upgradable features, the 2010 xB may be the best choice for the sport-box college-level consumer..

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  1. Scion was cool and boxy long before Nissan and Kia, go Scion!
     
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  2. really nice review. like the newer more "rounded" and "heavier" (perhaps sturdier) look. very good thinking on their part to spend time/money on various audio packages (knowing who their demo is).
     
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  3. Nah, the original xB was way cooler. This one looks like a Mommy-mobile, or maybe for a mom who's trying way too hard to be edgy. The original little tiny JDM box is the ONLY TRUE xB!!!
     
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  4. Not a fan of the car at all but the review was great--I was actually able to make it to the end.
     
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  5. Has anyone taken a look inside these things? Really disappointing compared to a Honda Element.
     
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  6. That audio system looks very space age-y for some reason.
     
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