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.