Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
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.