Battle Of The Boxes

One of my good friends has a Scion xB as his college car. I envy the guy, because he has one of the most practical cars out of all my friends, and he still has a lot of fun driving it (he was smart and got a manual). Some people never get to see the insides of these things because they think the outside is so wretched. Well, the inside is surprisingly spacious, and it helped the brave little toaster car become a cult classic. However, that did spawn some imitators. So, for 2010, which is the best box?

3. Scion xB

TheCarConnection rating: 7.6 out of 10

For the current xB, the hard-edged cardboard box body of the previous generation has been sanded down and inflated a bit. There might still be plenty of space inside, but softer springs and more weight make it nowhere near as fun to drive as it's daddy. Plus, the new look isn't quite as love-it-or-hate-it. A car needs to be polarizing to be a cult classic. 

2. Nissan Cube

TheCarConnection rating: 8 out of 10

If it's polarizing you want, why not try asymmetrical? The Nissan Cube has been praised highly for its iPod-generation styling. In fact, Automobile Magazine awarded it "Design of the Year" when it was released. Sadly, the car hasn't won any awards for practicality or driving experience. The rear seats don't tumble forward to make a flat loading space, and the steering is criticized as being too light. Still, if you loved the original xB for being funky, you're going to love the Cube even more.

1. Kia Soul

TheCarConnection rating: 8.4 out of 10

It looks like those "you can go with this, or you can go with that" hamsters were right. The winner is the underdog; the Kia Soul. It still keeps the funky styling for its boxy figure, and all the space inside to go with it. Plus, the base model is surprisingly well-equipped for its price range. It might not have much more performance than the other two, but everywhere else it wins. 


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