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Scion xB vs Nissan Cube vs Kia Soul

Updated on July 30, 2009
Scion xB
Scion xB
Nissan Cube
Nissan Cube
Kia Soul
Kia Soul

Which Box is Your Favorite?

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And So the "Battle of the Boxes" Begins

As most of you have probably noticed, today's car designers are making cars more boxy and squared looking - unlike ever before. No, not boxy like a Dodge Dynasty or a Ford Bronco, but boxy like the popular Scion xB, Nissan Cube, and the Kia Soul. These little sport wagons are becoming increasingly popular among younger and older crowds. If you are in the market for a new car and have been trying to decide between these three, read this hub. We will compare the price, mileage, safety, and more of these cars.


The xB (and in my opinion, the one who was the idea for the Soul and Cube) starts at $15,750, the Nissan Cube starts at $13,990, and the Kia Soul starts at $13,995. Of course, these are just pure base prices. they may or may not include air conditioning, automatic transmission, a stereo, power windows and locks, and a couple other features. I depends on each car how much the price will go up with the addition of features. Also, some features will come in packages with a discounted price. So overall in the price category, the Cube wins by five bucks, so it is basically a tie between the Cube and the Soul. However, keep in mind that the Scion xB is also a bigger car and is an upgrade from the 1st generation. In a couple years, the Cube and Soul will come out with a new, possibly bigger design and it will cost more than these current vehicles.


The Kia Soul gets a five star crash test rating in the front driver side, front passenger side, and side driver, and a four star rating in the side rear passenger, and rollover tests. The Scion xB gets a four star front driver and passenger and rollover ratings, and a five star side driver and side rear passenger. Crash test ratings were not available for the Nissan Cube.

Gas Mileage

The Nissan Cube will get you 24 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The Kia Soul will take you 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The Scion xB will receive 22 mpg city, and 28 mpg highway. These all get very good gas mileage, as you can see. I wouldn't worry about this too much when deciding between these three cars.


In this category, the xB wins. Period. This is just because it has been around since 2004. Maybe if the Soul and Cube had been since 2004 or 2005, there would be more options for customizing your ride, but if you look at the dashboard of the Soul and the Cube, there is not a whole lot you can do to customize the inside, and the outside is already very "factory custom." The xB is plain enough to customize the outside with carbon fiber, spoilers, and more. There are also options to make the inside if the xB with new lights and crazy things. xB's are by far the most customizable.


If you don't know this already, Scion is a brand made by Toyota, which means the xB will more than likely last a long long time. Nissan is a very trustworthy brand as well, but Scion also has more time put into the xB, so more of its bugs have been worked out, and they have gotten a lot more customer feedback. I do not know anything of Kia's reliability, so I cannot speak here. And the Soul has not been out long enough to see how long it will actually last.

Thanks everyone who read this short comparison of the Scion xB, the Nissan Cube, and the Kia Soul. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something that may help you when purchasing one of these fine automobiles.





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      4 years ago

      I have an 09 Cube and I love it! I had been interested in an xB, Soul, or cube for quite a while. One of my best friends has an xB so Ive ridden in it and drove it a few times and my bff's dad bought one too just before it bought my cube. I have seen lots of Kia Soul's and they are rather boring compared to the xB and cubes and really not very spacious. I actually went to a car lot to test drive an HHR, it was so cramped feeling, as we got back to the lot I noticed a cube on the lot, I had only ever seen the exteriors before and I already loved that part so I asked if I could see the intereior. I was in love!!

      It doesn't need to be customizable, though there is still plenty you can do to customize it(and I plan to!), it already comes very uniquely designed with lots of fun little quirks, like the awesome rippled ceiling for example, the speaker grills, upholstery, carpet, and dash all carry the ripple/wavy design.

      The windows are huge and awesome, if you were to never see the outside before getting into it, you would never guess it is as small as it is. I'm 5'7", and long-legged, in tons of cars I have to drive with the drivers seat practically in the backseat if the seat even goes back far enough for me to have adequate leg room. I don't have to have the seat back far at all no matter what there is always more than enough legroom in the backseat(even more than plenty of full-size SUV's have, partly due to the fact you can move the backseat forwards and back quite a good distance! the backseat can also recline like the front seats!). The stereo system is amazing! I love the Rockford Fosgate speakers and subwoofer and tweeters that come factory in the cube, even with a factory Nissan stereo unit the overall stereo sound is pretty phenomenal. Ive never owned a 4cyl engine vehicle before but have plenty of friends that have and there have been plenty of times when their cars had trouble going up good-sized hills, also those cars in general lacked a good amount of "oomph" to them, this is not at all the case with the Nissan cube, it gets up and goes quite surprisingly well! As for the exterior of the cars, I find the Soul to be rather dull(it looks like it wants to be just a mini sized SUV), the xB is different and more unique(my ex's dad loved them because they reminded him of old milk trucks), the cube I love though because I think it is the most unique looking vehicle outside and in. Kia's are known to not be the most reliable, people by them because they are cheap(though newer ones do seem better built so hopefully this is true of the Soul's), Toyota's are probably the most well known for easily lasting 300, 000+ miles, Nissan's are known for lasting pretty long too.

      These are all things that went through my head when I was shopping for a car a few months ago, and all of these things led me to choosing a 09 Nissan cube. Every one of my friends and family who normally have thought the cube and other box-like cars to be silly, weird, etc have all fallen in love with my cube and absolutely LOVE riding in it as much as I love driving it around.

      Anywho, those are my opinions and comparisons of the 3 cars

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      Mitsurugi Takahashi 

      8 years ago

      The Soul is another bad Korean clone of a Japanese car. And when you combine shameless copying with shoddy Korean engineering and shoddy Korean workmanship, you have a car destined for the crusher.

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      8 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      I have an 09' xB and I love it, but hey, to each his (or her) own!

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      8 years ago

      I'll go for Soul, at least it's more sporty. xB and Cube are just too boxy for me, they look clumsy..

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thanks for your input, Wass11

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      9 years ago

      The Soul has a little more style on the exterior but the Cube drives really well and has a lot of room for passengers.

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Woop de doo

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      9 years ago

      All of these cars have been around for a very long time in Japan and Korea, so the reliability is far better than just judging by their US release dates.

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      mr. fact checker 

      9 years ago

      parker, you do realize the cube has been out in japan since 1998. the scion and element were released a year or two thereafter. so, it was really the cube that was the idea for the xb and soul.

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Oh really? I thought for sure you would like the xB. ;)

      That's interesting, I thought you wouldn't like Kia commercials because a bunch of them have a fake Obama in them saying "Yes you can." Hahaha!

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      9 years ago from TX

      I like the Soul because isnt that the car that those mice are all driving in in the commercial? Greatness! Good hub


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