2012 Scion xB vs. Its Competition

2012 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty 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.

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Quick Specs
Trendy or odd, the Scion xB jams plenty of space and versatility into its compact footprint.
One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner.
The name rings true: this Kia has a Soul, with fun road manners and tall-wagon practicality baked into its kicky shape.
The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
More capacity, more practicality, and just as much sport and style, the 2012 MINI Cooper Clubman strikes a balance between family and fun.
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Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-Cyl
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Small Station Wagon2WD Sport UtilitySmall Station WagonCompact CarsSubcompact
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)FWD 4-Door Manual GL5-Door Wagon Manual Base4-Door Sedan Manual LX2-Door Coupe
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Wagon4 Door Sport Utility5 Door Wagon4 Door SedanCoupe
Manual w/ODManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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