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2020 Kia Soul Ratings & Reliability
Kia updated the Soul for 2020 to improve fuel economy, handling, and technology, but the boxy hatchback still retains its signature blend of practicality and style. Big windows give the Soul’s cabin a roomy, airy feeling and help visibility. An elevated seating position and large doors offer easy access in and out, but the Soul’s cargo area is tiny. The Soul’s four-cylinder engine and new continuously variable transmission (CVT) are unobtrusive in around-town driving, but there’s noticeable engine noise when pushed. Although handling is nimble, the ride is harsh over bumps and on rough roads. Fuel economy has improved by 2 mpg, to 28 mpg overall. Important safety features such as automatic emergency braking aren’t available on all trims.
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2019 Kia Soul Ratings & Reliability
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 function as an SUV alternative. 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. A more powerful 201-hp, 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder is available, as is a fully electric Soul. An extensive options list includes heated seats and touch-screen navigation. Available safety gear includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning, but only on higher trims. A redesigned 2020 Soul went on sale.
2014 Redesign Year
Kia Soul 2018
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
2018 $14,000 - $18,575 $10,770 - $15,820
2017 $12,400 - $18,125 $9,320 - $14,870
2016 $10,500 - $15,975 $7,525 - $12,525
2015 $10,325 - $13,800 $7,340 - $10,490
2014 $8,325 - $11,625 $5,490 - $8,490
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 $7,150 - $9,100 $4,360 - $6,160
2012 $6,050 - $7,350 $3,350 - $4,550
2011 $4,925 - $7,025 $2,330 - $4,230
2010 $4,400 - $5,925 $1,860 - $3,210