Against the 2010 Scion xD, the Aveo5 offers a larger, more comfortable interior, but it lags in virtually all other areas (features, performance, safety) and is quickly growing long in the tooth.
New this year, the Kia Soul has won raves for its angular but smart styling, a high level of standard equipment, and a spacious interior, though it's hardly the quickest box on the block.
The Nissan Versa feels bigger than the Scion xD, with poise and a ride that's notably better, but from behind the wheel, it's just not that sporty to drive.
In the end, the Honda Fit is the car to beat in this category.
It's the most practical car in the group, sporty to drive, with plenty of headroom and a backseat that holds full-size adults.
Its Magic Seat design, which seems to fold into dozens of combinations for impressive cargo volume, is simply unmatched by any other car.
|2010 Scion xD||2010 Kia Soul||2008 Honda Fit||2008 Nissan Versa|
|$14,900Browse Used Listings||$13,300Browse Used Listings||$13,950Browse Used Listings||$12,880Browse Used Listings|
|27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl|
|Subcompact car||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||Compact|
|5-Door HB Manual (Natl)||5-Door Wagon Manual||5-Door HB Manual||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Wagon||5dr Wgn||5-Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan|