Against the 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.
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.
New for 2011, the Ford Fiesta is one of the strongest entries in this class; it's sportier than the xD and handles much better, and it offers voice-activated Bluetooth controls, with the SYNC system.
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.
|2011 Scion xDBrowse Used Listings||2011 Chevrolet AveoBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford FiestaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2011 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan VersaBrowse Used Listings|
|27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cylinder||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Subcompact Cars||Compact||Subcompact||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||Compact|
|5-Door HB Manual (Natl)||4-Door Sedan LS||4-Door Sedan S||5-Door HB Manual||5-Door Wagon Manual||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Wagon||4 Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||5 Door Hatchback||5 Door Wagon||4 Door Sedan|