2010 Scion xB

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Scion xB. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Four-cylinder power
  • Automatic- and manual-transmission performance
  • Lively handling
  • Roomy backseat
  • Impressive list of standard features

The Bad

  • Analog gauges hard to read at a glance
  • Sun visors don't cover side windows
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • Tire noise on highway

Notable Features of the 2010 Scion xB

  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard MP3-player connectivity
  • Numerous Scion accessories available for personalization

2010 Scion xB Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Scion xB is part of a growing car segment: The small, SUV-like hatchback. It's the boxiest entrant in this field, which also includes the Honda Element, Chevrolet HHR and Suzuki SX4 Crossover.

New for 2010
There are no significant changes from the 2009 model.

Exterior
Compared to the HHR and SX4, the xB slots right in the middle in terms of length; it's almost the same length as the Element, 9 inches shorter than the HHR and almost 5 inches longer than the SX4.
  • Sizzling Crimson Mica paint replaces Blackberry Crush Metallic for 2010
  • Standard black grille trim
  • 16-inch wheels, with three wheel-cover designs, are standard


Interior
The xB has a center-mounted speedometer that some find hard to read. The gauges are red, which is easy on the eyes at night but hard to see during the day. Beyond that, the interior is fairly standard, with a lot of cargo room when the rear seat is folded.
  • 160-watt Pioneer audio system with iPod connectivity and auxiliary port
  • Optional Alpine Premium audio system with color touch-screen monitor and other enhancements
  • 60/40-split rear seat has three-point seat belts and head restraints for three occupants
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control


Under the Hood
Toyota's workhorse 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard. It makes 158 horsepower and 162 pounds-feet of torque.
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional four-speed automatic with manual-shift provision


Safety
The xB has a wide variety of standard ...
Vehicle Overview
The Scion xB is part of a growing car segment: The small, SUV-like hatchback. It's the boxiest entrant in this field, which also includes the Honda Element, Chevrolet HHR and Suzuki SX4 Crossover.

New for 2010
There are no significant changes from the 2009 model.

Exterior
Compared to the HHR and SX4, the xB slots right in the middle in terms of length; it's almost the same length as the Element, 9 inches shorter than the HHR and almost 5 inches longer than the SX4.
  • Sizzling Crimson Mica paint replaces Blackberry Crush Metallic for 2010
  • Standard black grille trim
  • 16-inch wheels, with three wheel-cover designs, are standard


Interior
The xB has a center-mounted speedometer that some find hard to read. The gauges are red, which is easy on the eyes at night but hard to see during the day. Beyond that, the interior is fairly standard, with a lot of cargo room when the rear seat is folded.
  • 160-watt Pioneer audio system with iPod connectivity and auxiliary port
  • Optional Alpine Premium audio system with color touch-screen monitor and other enhancements
  • 60/40-split rear seat has three-point seat belts and head restraints for three occupants
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control


Under the Hood
Toyota's workhorse 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard. It makes 158 horsepower and 162 pounds-feet of torque.
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional four-speed automatic with manual-shift provision


Safety
The xB has a wide variety of standard safety features, including:
  • Four-wheel antilock brakes
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for first and second rows
  • Electronic brake-assist



2010 xB Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love love love it!

by sammi911 from Chillicothe, OH on August 25, 2018

Wow! I am so glad I bought this xB! I can?t say enough good things! Bought it used with 133k miles and man...where?s this car been my whole life?! I had an Element that was totaled sitting in front of ... Read full review

(5.0)

an all-around "cool" car.

by Gashby from Fresno, CA on August 14, 2018

My first reaction was "oh no!" but the test drive was surprising and i like things a bit different. It was a great vehicle to own and remained stylish the 8 years i owned it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Scion xB currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Scion xB Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Scion

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, lease available, rental car, travel protection, vehicle history report and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The xB received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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