2010 SCION xB
The 2010 Scion xB is a capable compact people mover and cargo hauler that packs a decent underhood punch. Fuel economy is lackluster, however, and the unconventional styling isn’t for everyone.
The 2010 Scion xB is a five-passenger tall wagon available in a single trim level. Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, a choice of three plastic wheel covers, keyless entry, rear window tint, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, driver seat height adjustment, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, steering-wheel audio controls and a six-speaker Pioneer stereo with a CD player, a USB audio jack, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod interface, a customizable display and an RCA output for additional speakers.
The Scion xB is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-4 that produces 158 hp and 162 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a four-speed automatic with automanual control is one of the xB’s few factory options. In performance testing, an automatic-equipped xB hustled from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds
2010 NISSAN VERSA 1.8 SL HATCHBACK
The Versa is Nissan’s entry-level car with the intention of attracting economy-minded buyers with its mileage, price and larger size than most other vehicles in its class.
Like Mazda with its popular 3, Nissan is trying to position its hatchback as the premium model, so hatchback Versas in the nicer SL trim get “sport” interior and exterior packages.
Hatchbacks come standard with a 122-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, whereas the sedan comes with a choice of that or, for value-conscious customers, a smaller, 1.6-liter four-pot with 107 hp powering a model that also ditches the radio and power accessories and makes A/C optional.