2008 Scion xB vs. Its Competition

2008 Scion xB
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The retro-flavored wagon has been popular since the Chrysler PT Cruiser bowed--and that vehicle is still available, with a choice of four-cylinder and turbo four powertrains, plus a convertible model.

The Chevrolet HHR takes the same formula and gives it nearly identical powertrains, plus a little crisper styling.

The MINI Cooper Clubman's plenty more expensive than the others, but it has a third door on the passenger side and cargo doors to make loading and unloading easier.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Scion xB takes a new tack: it's bigger and more refined, but lags in fuel economy and fun.
The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a great urban runabout for small-business owners with frequent cargo hauls.
The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Small Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSubcompact
Style Name  
5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)FWD 4-Door LS4-Door Wagon
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door WagonHatchbackSmall Station Wagon
Manual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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