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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.

Road Test

The Soul lives in that increasingly gray area between hatchbacks and SUVs. A boxy, upright design gives it abundant interior space and super-easy access. You sit up high in chairlike seats, surrounded by an ample glass area for good visibility. Overa...

Highs

  • Handy and versatile package
  • Lots and lots of upscale features -- unusual in this class

Lows

  • Stiff ride is the most common complaint
  • Not much trunk room when the backseat is up

Best Version to Get

Here are the major decisions you need to make when picking a Soul: Which trim line and engine? Engine availability is connected to the trim line. The base model, appropriately named Base, comes with the non-turbo 1.6-liter engine and your choice of a manual or automatic transmission....

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 1-speed Direct
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • electric (109 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 (130 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (201 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (161 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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