2013 Scion xB vs. Its Competition

2013 Scion xB
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Although the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR are several years gone, we can't help but compare them to the Scion xB as there's nothing otherwise quite like it today.

The Nissan Cube and Kia Soul are otherwise closest.

The Cube has some of the same flaws as the xB; it doesn't contain as much cargo space as you might expect, although its seating is comfortable.

The Soul is more like a tall-and-boxy version of a small hatchback, and it drives that way as well.

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

The sharp-handling MINI Cooper Clubman rivals the xB in size and accessories, but it costs thousands of dollars more.

The Hyundai Tucson is one of the smallest compact crossovers and another good alternative to the xB—although its far more conventional-looking.

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Quick Specs
Call it fashionable or not; the 2013 Scion xB offers box-on-wheels versatility, easy maneuverability, and a strong list of features, all at a very affordable price.
Rich in value and interesting styling cues, the 2013 Hyundai Tucson's a pint-sized crossover that completely avoids SUV cliches of size and looks.
The 2013 Kia Soul is both soulful and sensible--a distinctive, roomy, fun to drive alternative to staid small sedans or utility vehicles.
It's a family affair: the Kia Forte lineup is more comfortable, more eager, and better finished than ever, and a step up from what its sticker price might suggest.
The 2013 Nissan Cube is boxy alright, but in a way that prioritizes style and fashion, not outright practicality.
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22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
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Small Station WagonSport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSmall Station WagonCompact CarsSmall Station Wagon
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)FWD 4-Door Manual GL5-Door Wagon Manual Base4-Door Sedan Manual LX5-Door Wagon Manual S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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WagonSport Utility Vehicle5 Door Wagon4 Door SedanWagon
Detailed Spec Comparison
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