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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal offset and side impacts; "good," rear crash protection
Four stars, front impact protection and rollover resistance; five stars, side impact protection
One downside to the new design is reduced visibility
The 2010 xB comes with a long list of standard safety features, including anti-lock brakes, side and curtain airbags, and stability control, setting a high standard in its price class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards the 2010 Scion xB its highest score of "good" for frontal offset, side, and rear collisions. It also gets four and five stars for front and side impact protection, respectively, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Edmunds has good words for the "impressive array of standard safety features, including antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags" that come standard on the 2010 Scion xB. Kelley Blue Book informs us that tire pressure monitoring is standard, too. But some reviews read by TheCarConnection.com indicate that the stability control system on the Scion xB is too eager to intervene. Automobile Magazine warns that "if extreme yaw angles are detected, the system will rain on your parade even after you've switched it off." The system re-engages once vehicle speed reaches 35 mph. Nonetheless, Car and Driver deems the 2008 Scion xB (almost entirely similar to the 2010 model) a "Top Ten Safe Vehicle for Less Than $25,000."
Reviewers are split on the visibility from inside the 2010 xB. Kelley Blue Book notes that the wide pillars at the back of the car "create a bit of a blind spot that some drivers may not like," with ConsumerGuide confirming that the "pillars complicate rear visibility." On the other hand, Edmunds thinks daily commuters will find the xB Scion offers "good visibility...for everyday driving." AutoWeek praises "the visibility through all that glass" and the "much wider rear pillar...didn't bother us at all."
The 2010 Scion xB includes a great deal of standard safety equipment and protects occupants well, but check the visibility yourself.