Hot news for 2010: All three models carry over for 2010 with minor touch-ups, such as improved sound systems and traction and stability control made standard on the xD.
Carryover: tC; xB; xD
n For the 2010 model year, Scion continues to tempt younger buyers who are interested in atypical styling, plenty of standard features, an a la carte option menu and easy financing terms. Redesigned for the 2008 model year, the square-box xB continues with a 158-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder.
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As before, there’s a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic with manual-shift controls. The xB as air conditioning, tilt steering, 160-watt Pioneer CD stereo, keyless entry, power windows/locks/mirrors as well as a few items you wouldn’t expect to find in a low-cost starter car: anti-lock brakes; stability and traction control; a total of six airbags and a first-aid kit.
Scion dealers are so keen to have their customers return that the first two oil changes are on the house. While there, you can look over the list of cool add-ons, including a navigation system with seven-inch touch screen, alloy wheels, dual DVD headrest monitors, interior lighting systems, overhead console and carbon-fiber trim bits.
The xD, which was new to market just two years ago, follows the all-for-one-price philosophy, with stability and traction control added for 2010.
Size-wise, the xD is more than a foot shorter than the xB and gets the job done with an engine of more modest output - a 128-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder - coupled to either a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. Whereas the xB’s gauges are positioned in a neat row atop the center of the instrument panel, the xD has a traditionally positioned speedometer/tachometer unit directly behind the steering wheel.
The clock, ventilation and audio system gauges are slotted in pods along the lower portion of the dash, as if they were installed after the face. The 60/40 split-folding rear seat can be lowered flat, or can be adjusted forward or back by up to six inches, depending on leg- and knee-room priority, and will also recline to one of five different positions. Receiving a mild restyling for the 2008 model year, the pleasing tC returns with its 2.4-liter engine and full load of standard gear.
The tC is probably due for a redesign, although there are certainly few complaints about the style of the current model.