2010 Scion xB vs. Its Competition

2010 Scion xB
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

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The Chrysler PT Cruiser has been virtually unchanged for a decade, and while it is sorely outdated, it still appeals to some.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.

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Quick Specs
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.
8.4
Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits.
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.
8.2
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    
$15,850$13,300$18,720$15,970$19,950
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class    
Small Station WagonSmall Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSubcompactSubcompact
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)5-Door Wagon ManualFWD 4-Door LS4-Door Wagon2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Wagon5dr WgnHatchbackSmall Station Wagon2 Door Coupe
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManualManualManual w/ODManual