2011 Kia Soul vs. Its Competition

2011 Kia Soul 5dr Wagon Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Several popular, hip-styled wagons and one just arriving in showrooms.

While the Chrysler PT Cruiser has been discontinued for 2011, the comparable (and also American) Chevrolet HHR continues on, offering four-cylinder engines and formerly nifty retro styling—that has simply not aged well.

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.

Some might find the smaller Scion xA to be nearly as spacious inside yet more fuel-efficient.

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.

Yet another new alternative is the Hyundai Veloster, part sport coupe and part stylish crossover hatchback, with 40-mpg highway fuel economy.

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8.2
The 2011 Kia Soul is fashion-forward and fun-to-drive—and unlike most of its urban-wagon rivals, it's just as practical as it looks.
8.0
The 2012 Hyundai Veloster starts with niche appeal, but its impressive handling and strong, high-value feature set should play well to the mainstream.
6.0
The 2011 Chevrolet HHR stands out with its retro exterior, but it's lackluster in most other respects.
7.6
The 2011 Nissan Cube looks like nothing else, while being surprisingly practical.
7.8
Whether you see the 2011 Scion xB as trendy or odd, it packs a lot of space and versatility into a compact space.
6.6
The 2011 Scion xD offers an impressive list of features and sporty accessories, but it's not as much fun to drive as its image suggests.
MSRP From     
$13,300$17,300$18,720$14,740$16,000$15,110
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Small Station Wagon- TBD -2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
5-Door Wagon Manual3-Door Coupe Manual w/Gray IntFWD 4-Door LS5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 Base5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A3N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
5 Door Wagon3 Door Coupe4 Door5-Door Wagon4 Door Wagon4 Door Wagon
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual