With the departure of the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR, the Scion xB's old competition has given way to a new set of vehicles with slightly different missions and talents.
The Kia Soul's the closest in shape and size to the xB, and its kitschy styling is just the beginning of its charms, which include a very spacious interior, and this year, a new economy feature that boosts fuel economy by one mile per gallon.
The Kia Forte five-door is another alternative, one with less outright cargo space than the Soul or the xB.
You might also look at the expensive, sharp-handling MINI Cooper Clubman, which rivals the xB in size and accessories, though it's thousands of dollars higher in base price.
Finally, among the smallest of crossovers, there's the Hyundai Tucson, with a curvy new design language and gas mileage that's the equal of the xB's, with available all-wheel drive.
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|2012 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai TucsonBrowse Used Listings||2012 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2012 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2012 MINI Cooper ClubmanBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl|
|Small Station Wagon||2WD Sport Utility||Small Station Wagon||Compact Cars||Subcompact|
|5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)||FWD 4-Door Manual GL||5-Door Wagon Manual Base||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||2-Door Coupe|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Wagon||4 Door Sport Utility||5 Door Wagon||4 Door Sedan||Coupe|