High-roofed hatchbacks make perfect sense in the city, but it wasn't until the latest batch of imports that American drivers really took to the idea.
The Honda Fit is eminently sensible: as a Civic Wagon replacement, it works well, with lots of cargo room, "magic" rear seats, and good fuel economy.
We're also in the Kia Soul camp: its slightly campy looks map out great interior space, and the concept only gets refined as the Soul gets updated for 2014.
The Scion xB and Nissan Cube are less successful: the xB grew in its second generation, and it's now more like an ersatz Chrysler PT Cruiser than the JDM hottie adored by its fans at launch, while the Nissan Cube goes long on funky, and shorter on practicality--though nowhere else will you find a dash-mounted shag rug.
Finally, the 500L reminds us all, a lot, of the MINI Countryman, which can be much more expensive, with a stiffer ride, but substantially crisper steering and quicker acceleration, if it's ordered in turbocharged S form.
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