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Everything You Need to Know When Purchasing a New 2010 Scion xB

Updated on March 16, 2010

Scion is a truly amazing car maker that is earning high respect from everyone with all of the awards the brand is winning for their cars. Awards include prizes in Reliability, New Value, Resale Value, and Speed. The xB is a hot car right now, that tons of people want to get their hands on.

Let me say this first: I own a 2009 Scion xB and I'm addicted to it! My whole family loves it because it's fun to drive, fun to ride in, has tons of room for cargo and passengers at the same time, it has great gas mileage (I average 25 mpg. EPA estimates it at 24 city, 28 highway), and it just looks great!

Because of a Scion's ability to hold it's value, a used car may cost almost as much as a new one, so keep that in mind while shopping. Also, all of Scion's 3 cars in their lineup - the xB, the tC, and the xD - are under $20k, and you can be sure of that because of Scion's Pure Pricing policy. Pure Pricing ensures that you get the best deal possible on your purchase. This also means that there is NO negotiation at the dealership over price (however much Scion says the car is, is how much you pay).

Standard Features...

One of the fantastic things about all Scions is their enormous list of standard features, so you never have to worry about not having something essential. Standard features on the 2010 xB include: Air conditioning/heat, a Pioneer CD player with iPod and AUX inputs, rear window wiper, projector low-beam headlights, power windows, power doors, power mirrors, driver and passenger vanity mirrors, rear privacy glass, adjustable drivers seat, keyless entry, trip meter, tachometer, clock, 60/40 split rear seats that fold down 100% flat for maximum cargo space, 8 cup holders total, turn signals in the outside mirrors, roof-mounted antenna, first aid kit, driver and passenger front airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), Traction Control with Brake Assist, and TONS of storage space everywhere you look! Again, those are just some of the standard features on the 2010 xB.

You Decide On...

When you arrive at the dealership, you chose what color you want, what transmission you want and your choice of 3 different plastic wheel covers. The colors available include: Super White, Black Sand Pearl, Hypnotic Teal Mica, Stingray Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Classic Silver, and a limited run "Murasaki" which is "purple" in Japanese. The Murasaki Street Racer, as it is called (a.k.a. RS 7.0), is a limited run of only 2200 and is part of Scion's exclusive "Release Series" lineup. Of course, you get to choose between Manual and Automatic transmissions, but the Auto costs about a thousand dollars more. All 3 of the wheel cover options are very attractive as well.

With Scion, there are no "packages" that you have to buy just to get 1 thing you want added to your car - you add everything one at a time. Common upgrades at the dealership include 16" alloy wheels, an upgraded Alpine Stereo head unit, a Navigation System, a rear spoiler, fog lights, cargo net, floor mats, overhead console storage, exhaust tip, and more.

TRD, Toyota Racing Development also offers a great line of performance parts for your xB. TRD accessories include a TRD Sport Muffler, TRD Lowering Springs, a TRD Cold Air Intake, Strut Braces and Sway Bars (also TRD), 19" Alloy Wheels, and a TRD Quick Shifter among other mods.

All in all, there are over 150 accessories that can be added to your xB to make it your own! Go crazy!

The Engine...

The 2010 Scion xB, 2010 Scion tC, and 2010 Toyota Camry have the exact same engine: a 2.4L, 4 cylinder engine with 158 HP (tC has 161 HP). The xB weighs 3,086 pounds (auto trans.) and can cover a quarter mile run in 16 seconds reaching a speed of 87 mph.

Go Drive One!

The best way to get a feel for the xB is to drive one. They have an unbelievable turning radius that makes parking and u-turns a breeze! Don't be fooled by the 1st generation xB - this one can get up and go! The 2010 xB and 2010 Corolla were named the quickest cars on 2010 under $20,000. This, of course, makes zipping around in traffic a cinch.

Go check out an xB at a Toyota dealership near you and see what everyone is talking about! You will not be disappointed!


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    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      SpaceAge - Thanks for the comment. I couldn't afford a new car either, so I bought my '09 xB used.

      Matthew - Thanks for pointing that out to me. I'll fix it. Thanks for the comment.

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      8 years ago

      Good Hub. Even though I'm not a fan of Scion and the whole foreign car industry, it's still a good Hub.

      BTW, fix the TPMS thing.

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      8 years ago

      right now i can't afford a new car. i don't even like how new cars have steeper depreciations than used cars. i'm buying used right now


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