2011 Scion xB vs. Its Competition

2011 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (GS) Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The young buyers who used to seek out the Scion xB may never even have considered the two small wagons with retro styling, but they make a sensible comparison.

The Chevrolet HHR takes the same formula and gives it somewhat crisper styling—though it's surprisingly (and woefully) tight on interior space.

While it's slightly smaller, the new Kia Soul offers angular but smart styling, lots of interior space, and a high level of standard equipment, despite being far from the quickest box on the block.

The MINI Cooper Clubman is considerably pricier than the other three, and its door layout-one on the driver's side, two on the passenger side, and "church doors" in the rear-may put off some buyers.

But its on-the-road character is far sportier than any of the rest, for those who enjoy twisty routes.

2011 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Scion xB
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2011 Chevrolet HHR FWD 4-door LS Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet HHR
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2011 Kia Soul 5dr Wagon Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View2011 Kia Soul
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Quick Specs
7.8
Whether you see the 2011 Scion xB as trendy or odd, it packs a lot of space and versatility into a compact space.
6.0
The 2011 Chevrolet HHR stands out with its retro exterior, but it's lackluster in most other respects.
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The 2011 Kia Soul is fashion-forward and fun-to-drive—and unlike most of its urban-wagon rivals, it's just as practical as it looks.
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A big-bodied extrovert, the 2011 MINI Cooper Clubman's the most desirable MINI for anyone beyond their single stage of life.
MSRP From   
$16,000$18,720$13,300$21,100
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class   
Small Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSubcompact
Style Name   
5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)FWD 4-Door LS5-Door Wagon Manual2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5554
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Wagon4 Door5 Door Wagon2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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