2012 Scion xB vs. Its Competition

2012 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

With the departure of the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR, the Scion xB's old competition has given way to a new set of vehicles with slightly different missions and talents.

The Kia Soul's the closest in shape and size to the xB, and its kitschy styling is just the beginning of its charms, which include a very spacious interior, and this year, a new economy feature that boosts fuel economy by one mile per gallon.

The Kia Forte five-door is another alternative, one with less outright cargo space than the Soul or the xB.

You might also look at the expensive, sharp-handling MINI Cooper Clubman, which rivals the xB in size and accessories, though it's thousands of dollars higher in base price.

Finally, among the smallest of crossovers, there's the Hyundai Tucson, with a curvy new design language and gas mileage that's the equal of the xB's, with available all-wheel drive.

2012 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Scion xB
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2012 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-door Auto GLS Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Tucson
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2012 Kia Forte 5-Door 5dr HB EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Forte
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Quick Specs
7.8
Trendy or odd, the Scion xB jams plenty of space and versatility into its compact footprint.
8.0
One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner.
8.2
The name rings true: this Kia has a Soul, with fun road manners and tall-wagon practicality baked into its kicky shape.
7.4
The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
MSRP From   
$16,300$19,145$13,900$15,200
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Small Station Wagon2WD Sport UtilitySmall Station WagonCompact Cars
Style Name   
5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)FWD 4-Door Manual GL5-Door Wagon Manual Base4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Wagon4 Door Sport Utility5 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Scion xB vs. 2012 Hyundai Tucson2012 Scion xB vs. 2012 Kia Soul2012 Scion xB vs. 2012 Kia Forte