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After you have had it a while you will have to give us your true comparison. Welcome from Ontario
I originally posted this in the new member introduction section:


After driving the Soul a little over 500 miles I have noticed one thing: the Soul+ is not as refined as the new generation Scion Xb. It may be a very subjective observation. The Scion is slightly heavier, has a little more power and a longer wheelbase. One detail that popped up immediately is the higher door sill height on the soul. The interior room is pretty much the same with a bit more cargo area in the Xb. The Soul has a narrower rear hatch than the Xb. The Xb rides a lot smother than the Soul. I like the feel of the Xb's electric power steering. The Soul has a lot of features I wish were on the Xb (I don't know if Scion has added these to the 2010 models or not).

1. The hands free phone is great.
2. There is a mute button for the sound system on the steering wheel.
3. Ditto for the cruise control ( the Scion has the cruise control on a short stalk that moves with the steering wheel.
4. The Soul has a USB interface (the IPOD interface is much better on the Xb and the cable was included with the car). I have found that USB thumb drives work great in the Soul!

The MSRP on both vehicles are pretty much the same. So why did we buy the Soul instead of another Xb? Our Scion dealer asked the same question. The main reason was a $4300 trade in on our '94 Ford Ranger XL. That was the deal maker. We went to Nissan. They would only give us $1600 for the Ranger if we paid the balance in cash on a base Cube

Both the Soul and the Xb are of the same genre with the original Xb being the first of the kind. I feel that the Soul is definitely overall a better car the the 2006 and earlier Xb, especially in performance and safety. I know our Soul is getting a couple more MPG than the Xb. I enjoy driving both cars. There is enough difference to make the experience interesting. Our Xb has 50K miles on it. I will revisit this subject again after the Soul gets more mileage under its belt.

 

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$4300 for old ranger wow

got $5600 for my one owner 136k auto,le 2003 corolla looked brand new, you got wayyyyy to much. I also have 2005 scion xb really like both the soul and xb. I wouldnt take less than 10k for xb regardless of book value.
 

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got $5600 for my one owner 136k auto,le 2003 corolla looked brand new, you got wayyyyy to much. I also have 2005 scion xb really like both the soul and xb. I wouldnt take less than 10k for xb regardless of book value.
Actually they originally offered $4000 for the Ranger, but ended up getting $4300. It only had 68K on it. We rented a 2006 Xb for a few days before we bought the 2008. Very cool car! We do like our 2nd generation Xb a lot!


The old, and in the background, the new.
 

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Like I said you got way money for that ranger

I doubt you would have purchased it for $4300. Maybe if it was 4x4. Could be the market for trucks is hot, in lower price ranges.
 

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I doubt you would have purchased it for $4300. Maybe if it was 4x4. Could be the market for trucks is hot, in lower price ranges.
The dealer sold the Ranger for $2995. I do miss it, but I am really am enjoying the Soul.
 

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2008 Scion Xb and the 2010 Soul

We continue to enjoy the Soul. I will be taking it on a 600+ mile trip in a couple of weeks. I still feel that the Xb is a little more refined than the Soul - this is very subjective. The Xb has a lot more power and can out accelerate the Soul. The Soul has a more sports car tight handling feel to it. The IPOD interface is much better in the Xb. I have yet to get the IPOD to connect properly to the Soul - get a load error message most of the time. The Scion does not have a USB connection. I post some more comments after the trip.
 

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Remember the Soul is a new model. Give it time and it will get more refined. Just in looks alone the Soul wins hands down.
 

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Soul & a Range Rover - shooting into the sun but didn't want to walk onto the RR property to get the sun behind me...midday harsh lighting..but the RR was there so took the opportunity to snap a shot.
Kia Soul range Rover.jpg
 

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Soul & a Range Rover - shooting into the sun but didn't want to walk onto the RR property to get the sun behind me...midday harsh lighting..but the RR was there so took the opportunity to snap a shot.
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A neighbor a few houses down has the green version of that Range Rover... it looks good but I think I like the green on mine a little bit better :)
 
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