2008 Scion xB vs. Its Competition

2008 Scion xB
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The retro-flavored wagon has been popular since the Chrysler PT Cruiser bowed--and that vehicle is still available, with a choice of four-cylinder and turbo four powertrains, plus a convertible model.

The Chevrolet HHR takes the same formula and gives it nearly identical powertrains, plus a little crisper styling.

The MINI Cooper Clubman's plenty more expensive than the others, but it has a third door on the passenger side and cargo doors to make loading and unloading easier.

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7.8
The 2008 Scion xB takes a new tack: it's bigger and more refined, but lags in fuel economy and fun.
7.4
The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a great urban runabout for small-business owners with frequent cargo hauls.
7.2
The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair.
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The 2008 MINI Cooper S Clubman--extroverted styling in a slightly bigger package with more power makes for a fun car that is hard not to look at with a broad smile.
MSRP From   
$15,650$18,720$15,970$19,950
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class   
Small Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSubcompactSubcompact
Style Name   
5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)FWD 4-Door LS4-Door Wagon2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door WagonHatchbackSmall Station Wagon2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual