The young buyers who used to seek out the Scion xB may never even have considered the two small wagons with retro styling, but they make a sensible comparison.
The Chrysler PT Cruiser has been virtually unchanged for a decade, and while it is sorely outdated, it still appeals to some.
The Chevrolet HHR takes the same formula and gives it somewhat crisper styling.
While it's slightly smaller, the new Kia Soul offers angular but smart styling, lots of interior space, and a high level of standard equipment, despite being far from the quickest box on the block.
The MINI Cooper Clubman is considerably pricier than the other three, and its door layout-one on the driver's side, two on the passenger side, and "church doors" in the rear-may put off some buyers.
But its on-the-road character is far sportier than any of the rest, for those who enjoy twisty routes.
|2010 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2010 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet HHRBrowse Used Listings||2008 Chrysler PT CruiserBrowse Used Listings||2008 MINI Cooper ClubmanBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl|
|Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Subcompact||Subcompact|
|5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)||5-Door Wagon Manual||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door Wagon||2-Door Coupe|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Wagon||5dr Wgn||Hatchback||Small Station Wagon||2 Door Coupe|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual|