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2009 Scion xB vs. Its Competition

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Not much has changed for the Chrysler PT Cruiser in nearly a decade, and while that retro-flavored wagon is sorely outdated, it still has design appeal to some and has found a cult following in high-school parking lots.

Though the xB is only offered in a single model, the PT still comes with 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 new MINI Cooper Clubman is considerably more expensive than the others, but it has a third half-sized door on the passenger side and cargo doors to make loading and unloading easier.

The Clubman also has an on-the-road character that’s a lot sportier, for those who enjoy twisty paths.

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The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
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The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a great urban runabout for small-business owners with frequent cargo hauls.
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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.
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$15,750Browse Used Listings$18,720Browse Used Listings$15,970Browse Used Listings$19,950Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
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EPA Class   
Small Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSubcompactSubcompact
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5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)FWD 4-Door LS4-Door Wagon2-Door Coupe
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door WagonHatchbackSmall Station Wagon2 Door Coupe
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