2010 Kia Soul vs. Its Competition

2010 Kia Soul

The 2010 Kia Soul takes on a trio of popular, hip-styled wagons and one just arriving in showrooms.

The Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR are kissing American cousins, both offering four-cylinder engines and formerly nifty retro styling that has simply not aged well.

The PT Cruiser has been cancelled, so deals are exceptional.

The Scion xB is the newer version of the compact wagon that launched Toyota's youth brand; the current version has sold more slowly, as it's grown larger and heavier and lost its Japanese flair.

The Nissan Cube is the other newbie in the group; with a smaller overall size, a less functional interior, and an unusual tailgate shape, its appeal lies mostly in its softer, feminine style.

2010 Kia Soul2010 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings2010 Chevrolet HHR FWD 4-door SS Angular Front Exterior View2010 Chevrolet HHRBrowse Used Listings2010 Nissan Cube 5dr Wagon I4 CVT 1.8 S Angular Front Exterior View2010 Nissan CubeBrowse Used Listings2010 Scion xB2010 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.4
Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits.
7.4
The 2010 Chevrolet HHR has love-it-or-hate-it styling, but it should appeal to those who want good cargo capability in an economical ride.
8.0
The spacious, refined 2010 Nissan Cube makes a whole lot of sense for city dwellers, and it'll get you more attention than many sport coupes.
7.6
The 2010 Scion xB has a lot of space, polarizing looks, and lots of safety features. It provides good value for those on a budget, trendy or not.
MSRP From   
$13,300$18,720$13,990$15,850
Gas Mileage   
24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Small Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSmall Station Wagon
Style Name   
5-Door Wagon ManualFWD 4-Door LS5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 Base5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
5dr Wgn4 Door5-Door Wagon4 Door Wagon
Transmission   
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2010 Kia Soul vs. 2010 Chevrolet HHR2010 Kia Soul vs. 2010 Nissan Cube2010 Kia Soul vs. 2010 Scion xB