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Kia Soul
2017
Kia Soul 2017 wagon Trim Shown: 2017 Plus wagon FWD Automatic

There is more to the boxy Soul than quirky styling. It packs abundant interior space, with chairlike seats and big windows providing an excellent view out. Though fundamentally a budget hatchback, the Soul can be an SUV alternative, functionality-wise. The driving experience isn't special: The ride is stiff, and handling is sound but unexceptional. Power delivery from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder feels just adequate, and its 26 mpg overall is not outstanding. An extensive options list includes heated seats, touch-screen navigation, and a backup camera. An electric version is available on the West Coast and in some northeastern states. Available safety gear includes forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems. With 2017 comes a more powerful 201-hp, 1.6-liter turbo engine.

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2014-2016
2014 Redesign Year
Kia Soul 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 Others

While this version of the Soul is a more mature and well-rounded package than its predecessor, the big draw continues to be Kia's long list of available features. Our loaded midtrim + (Plus) version included push-button start, an automatic climate system, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, a backup camera and a touchscreen navigation system. While the base Soul is a great deal if you can live with the less powerful engine, we'd go for the + trim, which gets the larger engine and automatic transmission. The 2016 models include forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems as optional equipment.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $14,675 - $16,050 $11,985 - $13,285
2015 $12,975 - $17,900 $10,385 - $15,085
2014 $11,525 - $15,100 $9,035 - $12,385
2010-2013
2010 Redesign Year
Kia Soul 2013 Trim Shown: 2013 Others

With one of the most efficient shapes on the road, the tall and boxy Kia Soul packs a lot of room and equipment into a small, inexpensive car. It has very easy access, abundant headroom, and a surprisingly spacious rear seat. Expect a noisy interior and a stiff ride, but handling is fairly nimble and secure. While the controls are simple, interior fit and finish are basic. Still, amenities abound and electronic stability control is standard. Large windows allow very good front and side visibility, but thick rear roof pillars create rear blind zones. A six-speed automatic transmission debuted for 2012, which boosted gas mileage from 25 to 26 mpg.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $9,775 - $12,975 $7,335 - $10,335
2012 $8,075 - $10,525 $5,700 - $8,000
2011 $6,900 - $9,200 $4,550 - $6,700
2010 $6,000 - $7,650 $3,675 - $5,225