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the xB will impress you with its utility
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The 2010 Scion xB's larger dimensions translate to more interior room. The seats themselves, both front and back, grow uncomfortable for most occupants after an hour or so. Seatbacks are only fabric stretched over a frame, which gives the impression that cost cutting went a little too far-a jarring exception to legendary Toyota quality. Sadly, this is not a vehicle for comfortable long-distance cruising. It is, however, capacious and adaptable. The front passenger seat folds back flat, and the second row now offers enough room for real live adult human beings. Foot space under the front seats for second-row passengers is good, and they sit high for easy entry and exit. Storage room under the second-row seats is useful too. Passengers will find plenty of interior bins and storage areas if the buyer opts for the $279 overhead console.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are mixed about the interior comfort of the 2010 Scion xB. Cars.com finds "the front of the cabin" to be "airy" with "plenty of headroom for tall passengers." Front-seat occupants will find "comfortable and supportive" seats with "ample" headroom, according to ConsumerGuide, though "taller folks may want more legroom." Autoblog notes that headroom on the xB Scion drops a remarkable "four and a half inches in back," though Cars.com says the rear seats feature "lots of legroom and a nicely angled backrest." MyRide.com is especially critical of the driver's seat armrest: "It's too narrow to be comfortable, but it doesn't fold completely out of the way either, annoying some drivers in either position." As for cargo room, ConsumerGuide acknowledges the "several bins and trays" that "supply handy interior storage," and cites the "handy under-floor bin." Road & Track calls the xB "a lesson in interior space efficiency," and Edmunds expects the 2010 Scion xB will "impress you with its utility."
Motor Trend reports that the "Toyota engineers used tight panel fits and strategically placed sound-deadening material to quell wind noise and road vibration." Still, as MyRide.com attests, "There's noticeable engine noise when you gun it, and it's not particularly refined, either." Overall, Edmunds calls the xB "user-friendly and comfortable." Other reviews of build and materials quality vary. Car and Driver laments the "knee-banging shifter cabinet," lack of drawers, and map pockets. Edmunds warns, "Ergonomics leave something to be desired, and many of the interior plastics seem a bit low-budget even for this class of car." But ConsumerGuide disagrees, saying "the materials are still pleasant for the price" despite the fact that "the interior lacks soft touch surfaces."
ConsumerGuide says road noise is "generally well controlled, though larger bumps pound through loudly." According to Car and Driver, noise is "well-damped." ConsumerGuide considers the engine "largely unobjectionable" in terms of the noise it generates. To interrupt the tunes blasting from the speakers will take some serious tire squeal and body roll on twisty roads at higher speeds.
The 2010 Scion xB scores high on utility and cargo space, but not so well on comfort, which is only average.