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Kia Soul

Kia Soul 2018 wagon Trim Shown: 2018 Plus wagon FWD Automatic
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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 and touch-screen navigation. Available safety gear includes automatic emergency braking, and forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems but only on select trims. A more powerful 201-hp, 1.6-liter turbo engine is also available.
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2014 Redesign Year
Kia Soul 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 !
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
2017 $16,775 - $16,775 $13,335 - $13,335
2016 $13,125 - $18,375 $9,970 - $14,820
2015 $12,075 - $16,625 $9,035 - $13,185
2014 $11,275 - $14,875 $8,235 - $11,535
2010 Redesign Year
Kia Soul 2013
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 $8,500 - $11,075 $5,690 - $8,040
2012 $7,200 - $8,950 $4,450 - $6,050
2011 $5,700 - $7,800 $3,070 - $4,970
2010 $5,175 - $7,200 $2,555 - $4,405