The tall and boxy Soul packs a lot of useful space into a modest footprint. While clearly aimed at the youth market, easy access makes it a viable choice for anyone who has trouble getting in and out of a car. The rear seat is roomy and handling is secure, but the ride is stiff and noise is apparent.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Excellent acceleration with the larger engine. Ride is comfortable for a small vehicle."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Soul)

"Handling is very good but acceleration is poor."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Kia Soul)

"It drives and handles well; it's handling is more sporty and firmer than I expected. I enjoy driving it."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Soul)

"Turning circle is really small. Also the acceleration for a 2.0 liter non turbo is very good. Shifting is smooth and dash layout is clear."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Very good. Steering is a bit fast."

James R., VA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Rough ride; uncomfortable driver seating position."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Soul)

"for a front-wheel drive car it handles well. Acceleration is more than adequate,but it's not a street-rod.The 6-speed auto trans is great"

Roger B., MO (2013 Kia Soul)

"It will get up and go stay with any faster and more expensive cars handles great in curves Great little car"

Richard T., MI (2013 Kia Soul)

"For daily driving it covers my needs fine. For highway driving there is wind and engine noise, but fine with me."

Sonja A., BC (2013 Kia Soul)

"The Soul Plus, feels peppy when needed,and it has a sporty, responsive feel in handling and ride. It is a stiffer sports oriented ride, with firm seats The car is like a roomy sports car."

V P., CA (2013 Kia Soul)

"The Soul accelerates and handles like a sports car."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Kia Soul)

"Although it performs as I expected, I find that I drive slower than general population. This is difficult if I need to accelerate suddenly, I can't really do that well, the Kia Soul doesn't respond quickly. This can be a problem merging on and off freeways, as I do work day. Though I love my Kia, the one safety feature I would caution about is the blind spots. I really have to be super-careful when I change lanes, it's so hard to see what's coming up behind me."

Maureen D., CA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Acceleration good in city driving; handling acceptable although it has started to creak in the rain."

Annette C., NY (2013 Kia Soul)

"The car handles great. It's easy to drive. I have no trouble merging into traffic as the acceleration is very good."

Jane A., WI (2013 Kia Soul)

"Car has sufficient power to pass on two lane roads and to easily enter on to expressways."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Soul)

"Blind spots on both side bad"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Soul)

"going up hills is gutless and seems like transmission is working too hard"

Kristi C., CA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Steering is "more stiff" than in any other car I drive. Braking is more "sensitive" than most."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Kia Soul)

"Pickup is unimpressive. Car handles well at normal speeds but there is a tipsy feeling at high speeds."

JOHN K., NJ (2013 Kia Soul)

"The car has lots of zip, handles very well and is fun to drive."

R B., PA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Acceleration is ok if one thrashes the poor little engine, which I don't like to do. Otherwise tepid. Handling ? It's no Honda. Brakes grabby"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Soul)

"computer system on acceleration on hills good- auto brake lock for hills when at stop on hill"

Anonymous, HI (2013 Kia Soul)

"Acceleration and handling is very good"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Soul)

"Peppy acceleration, and precise steering."

WILLIAM F., MA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Acceleration is great better than expected with smallest 4 cyl. Handling is great but Lots of road noise and seats are uncomfortable"

THOMAS G., TX (2013 Kia Soul)

"Very roomy for its size and easy to handle in tight spaces."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Soul)

"I've got a heavy foot, but I feel safe with how my 2013 Soul accelerates and brakes. It's only a four cylinder, but it's got kick!"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Soul)

"Acceleration and the smoothing shifting granny I have ever owned"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Soul)


ROY F., NC (2013 Kia Soul)

"Great handling and acceleration which is needed for freeway driving. Steering is precise and very reactive"

ROBERT F., CA (2013 Kia Soul)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats arte good for short rides around town but get hard and uncomfortable after a short ride. Road noise is quite loud."

Anonymous, OK (2013 Kia Soul)

"The car is very comfortable to drive and you can drive long distances without a lot of fatigue. The cabin noise level is too high especially at highway speeds and the voice command system for making calls is glitchy."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Soul)

"The seats have zero lumbar support so i must add pillows. If i don't, i get a backache."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Soul)

"This car is very easy to get in and out of. That's important to me at 71. Also, it's very easy to drive. The seats are comfortable ever after 5+ years. I'm not exhausted after a long drive like I was in other cars. For a fairly inexpensive car the noise level is just fine. There's very little wear and tear on in interior."

Jane A., WI (2013 Kia Soul)

"Seats are not comfortable for very long rides, 2 or more hours"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Kia Soul)

"comfortable upright seating position, easy entry/exit, lots of head and foot room"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Bad- Seats are comfortable if you are under 120 pounds. Perfect seating for Barbie dolls! Trunk space could be bigger. Good- Getting in and out is easy no matter your size. Easy to car to care for."

Polly E., KS (2013 Kia Soul)

"Road noise and transmission shifting when accelerating to get on freeway and passing."

Tom P., ID (2013 Kia Soul)

"Seats are not comfortable and car has too much road noise"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Kia Soul)

"Very good city car. Seats are too flimsy and uncomfortable."

Antonio N., MD (2013 Kia Soul)

"Seats are the right heighth for easy exit and entry and are comfortable. Car is relatively quiet and ride I'm good in front but a little stiff in the back."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Soul)

"Outstanding level of comfort, particularly relative to its diminutive size. Seats are supportive and comfortable, lots of head room. Nose level is moderate, ride is decent (not sporty but not harsh either)."

Gerald W., MI (2013 Kia Soul)

"Seats are quite comfortable and this is truly a five passenger small car. Noise is not bad for a small car and ride, though a little busy, is also good for a small car."

J C., WI (2013 Kia Soul)

"The suspension causes you to really feel road conditions"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Kia Soul)

"The car ride is too stiff as if it has no shocks. I'd buy another one if it had decent shocks and rode better."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Kia Soul)

"Outside air circulation is poor."

JOHN P., CT (2013 Kia Soul)

"The noise level is not great. The worst part of my vehicle is that theHeadrest is in the way of the driver looking to see oncoming traffic from the passenger side. (Hope this makes sense)"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Kia Soul)

"Excellent seating position (easy access and egress) for those of us getting up in age. Excellent access to storage area when we go grocery shopping."

WILLIAM H., FL (2013 Kia Soul)

"getting in & out of vehicle"

Anonymous, HI (2013 Kia Soul)

"The chair control system sometimes doesn't work briefly when you start the day if you forget to turn it of before turning off the car. Road house, especially i on the highway, is pretty loud."

ANDREA O., TX (2013 Kia Soul)

"Fairly noisy inside but tolerable. Climate control is adequate but A/C could be more responsive. It would be great if Power Seats could (up and down) could be standard for short people."

BECKY P., CA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Front seat not real comfortable on trips over 50 miles. Back starts to hurt"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Driver seat (a chair) is great, particularly for an old geezer like me. Engine noise is noticeable. Climate control seems fine. The ride is fair."

JOHN K., NJ (2013 Kia Soul)

"Great AC, seats comfortable. Little rough on bumps, could use more insulation for noise"

JOSEPH G., NJ (2013 Kia Soul)

"Styling good,climate control good, interior roominess great, driver's seat adjustment good, not so for passenger seat, loud noise when hit pothole or bump, floor mats gather every piece of dirt around and hold tightly on to it"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Soul)

"Choppy harsh ride. Make this a smooth ride and Kia has a winner"

DONALD R., IL (2013 Kia Soul)

"Well made car."

BREAUX W., LA (2013 Kia Soul)

"The seats are not at all comfortable for a long drive. Several times a year I need to drive about 6 hrs each way to visit my Father and I needed to buy a gel seat cushion because after about and hour my butt was sore. On short trips they are fine, just not hours long drives."

SHEREE H., FL (2013 Kia Soul)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Great vehicle for a reasonable cost."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Soul)

"This little car is a great bang for your buck. It is awesome and gets the job done. Great car for the value."

Steven-Tricia M., AZ (2013 Kia Soul)


David P., TN (2013 Kia Soul)

"Reliable and lower depreciation"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Kia Soul)

"Very practical compact. Lots of storage when rear seats are filled. Very good visibility because you side more upright than asedan. Almost like a small SUV crossover. Very reliable & good dealer service."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Soul)

"All around great little car that gives you enough power & comfort to handle a lot of various jobs My wife uses it for her horses to haul food, hay, riding gear, etc"

Michael E., TX (2013 Kia Soul)

"we bought this car new for an extremely low price and it has given us over five years of faithful service and expect it to continue the same faithful service for many years"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Kia Soul)

"I love the vehicle. I wish that it had running lights and an inside gate release."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Soul)

"good versatility for cargo, light on it's feet in city driving"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Good price, nice vehicle. Handles well, good MPG. Great cargo space for a smaller vehicle."

Kevin C., VA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Great value for money. Very good handling, utilitarian, comfortable. I love this car!"

James R., VA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Lots of interior room. Great warranty and the gas mileage is acceptable. Visibility is great and you sit up a little higher than a normal sedan."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Soul)

"good highway MPG(34),Large interior,comfortable seating,spacious storage,large hatchback, handles comfortably,more features than many other $20,000 cars,100,000mi warranty."

Roger B., MO (2013 Kia Soul)

"I think it was a lot of value for the money. It is comfortable, easy to get in and out of, and can carry bulky items you can not fit in a sedan. All this and under $18000 dollars as purchased, including automatic transmission."

J C., WI (2013 Kia Soul)

"Car fit within our price point. The higher trim level (exclaim) gave my wife the leather seats she wanted along with in dash infotainment system. Seating position gives an SUV like view of the road without the expense of a typical SUV."

Louis B., CO (2013 Kia Soul)

"It's a fun car to drive and has easy to use controls. It is surprisingly roomy inside."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Soul)

"I’m happy with the ability of the car to accelerate in city traffic. The warranty has saved me a lot for instance when the back up cam stopped working. The dealership replaced it right away. The down side is that scrapes and nicks from normal use have escalated to rusting already."

Annette C., NY (2013 Kia Soul)

"RUST! Horrible sheet metal rust and body corrosion. Brakes (pads, calipers, rotors) needed replacing with just 4500 miles due to RUST."

ROY C., HI (2013 Kia Soul)

"The price was low for a new car. and it hasn't depreciated much, like some other cars do. Also, the resale value is really good. And the monthly payments are only $250, very affordable in our status."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Kia Soul)

"Just be careful about the advertised price and your drive-out price. Do not shop at night (evening). Do not seem anxious to buy."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Kia Soul)

"Great dependable vehicle"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Kia Soul)

"Bought using the Internet, found an excellent car at a good price at Eisenhower Nisson and the buying experience was the best."

R B., PA (2013 Kia Soul)

"Best value for the money. Bought the base style, audio is good, has bluetooth, Ride is stiff, more power than expected out of the smallest 4 cyl. Lots of wind noise and seats aren't comfortable for road trips (IMO)."

THOMAS G., TX (2013 Kia Soul)

"It comes with bells and whistles as standard, compared as extras on many other makes"

NEIL M., BC (2013 Kia Soul)

"It is a basic model & has all the bells & whistles that I need. It was purchased as a second car for local trips & perfect."

HENRY L., NJ (2013 Kia Soul)

"For the price paid for this car it has performed well and have had no problems. It's amazing how much cargo it holds."

BONNIE B., WA (2013 Kia Soul)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I like the styling on the outside, especially the ease of getting in/out."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Soul)

"I really dislike the black upholstery.EVery bit of dust, hair or crumb stand out on it."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Soul)

"I had a 2011 Soul but upgaded to a loaded 2013 because I loved the look and uitility of the Souls. Didn't like the 2014 for the bad changes they made to it so bought end of model year car in 2013"

JOSEPH G., NJ (2013 Kia Soul)

"Cheap looking interior materials."

LISA S., MO (2013 Kia Soul)

"Very nice looking"

JIM K., FL (2013 Kia Soul)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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