2014 Scion xB vs. Its Competition

2014 Scion xB
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

There's nothing else quite like the xB today.

But the Nissan Cube and Kia Soul are probably closest.

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

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 very comfortable.

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

The quirky Nissan Juke also ranks as an alternative to the xB, although it's markedly less practical and has more of a sporty tack.

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2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS2014 Nissan Juke
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2014 Scion xB might not be as trendy -- or sensible -- as it tries to be, but it fits a lot of cabin space into a compact footprint.
8.6
The 2014 Kia Soul doesn’t stray from its iconic profile, but it dons more sophistication inside and underneath—with fewer compromises and all in the name of city-friendly, tall-wagon goodness.
7.4
The 2014 Nissan Cube is a boxy fashion statement that puts an emphasis on style, but at the expense of some practicality.
6.8
The 2014 Nissan Juke is part oddball, part exotic, and part awesomely different (although not all that practical) small car.
MSRP From   
$16,970$14,900$16,900$19,170
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Small Station WagonSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonSmall Station Wagon
Style Name   
5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)5-Door Wagon Manual Base5-Door Wagon Manual S5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
WagonHatchbackWagonSport Utility
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2014 Scion xB vs. 2014 Kia Soul2014 Scion xB vs. 2014 Nissan Cube2014 Scion xB vs. 2014 Nissan Juke