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 Chevrolet HHR takes the same formula and gives it somewhat crisper styling—though it's surprisingly (and woefully) tight on interior space.
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.
|2011 Scion xB||2011 Chevrolet HHR||2011 Kia Soul||2011 MINI Cooper Clubman|
|$16,000Browse Used Listings||$18,720Browse Used Listings||$13,300Browse Used Listings||$21,100Browse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl|
|Small Station Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Station Wagon||Subcompact|
|5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)||FWD 4-Door LS||5-Door Wagon Manual||2-Door Coupe|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Wagon||4 Door||5 Door Wagon||2 Door Coupe|