Several popular, hip-styled wagons and one just arriving in showrooms.
While the Chrysler PT Cruiser has been discontinued for 2011, the comparable (and also American) Chevrolet HHR continues on, offering four-cylinder engines and formerly nifty retro styling—that has simply not aged well.
The Scion xB is the newer version of the compact wagon that launched Toyota's youth brand; the current version has sold more slowly, as it's grown larger and heavier and lost its Japanese flair.
Some might find the smaller Scion xA to be nearly as spacious inside yet more fuel-efficient.
The Nissan Cube is the other newbie in the group; with a smaller overall size, a less functional interior, and an unusual tailgate shape, its appeal lies mostly in its softer, feminine style.
Yet another new alternative is the Hyundai Veloster, part sport coupe and part stylish crossover hatchback, with 40-mpg highway fuel economy.
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|2011 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai VelosterBrowse Used Listings||2011 Chevrolet HHRBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan CubeBrowse Used Listings||2011 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2011 Scion xDBrowse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Small Station Wagon||- TBD -||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||Subcompact Cars|
|5-Door Wagon Manual||3-Door Coupe Manual w/Gray Int||FWD 4-Door LS||5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 Base||5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)||5-Door HB Manual (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Wagon||3 Door Coupe||4 Door||5-Door Wagon||4 Door Wagon||4 Door Wagon|
|Manual||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual|
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|2011 Kia Soul vs. 2012 Hyundai Veloster||2011 Kia Soul vs. 2011 Chevrolet HHR||2011 Kia Soul vs. 2011 Nissan Cube||2011 Kia Soul vs. 2011 Scion xB||2011 Kia Soul vs. 2011 Scion xD|