The Kia Soul is a compelling alternative to compact sedans and SUVs. It’s small on the outside but feels roomy inside. Its practical, boxy design gives it a cheerful personality.
The third-generation model is new for 2020. Its exterior may look familiar, but Kia has improved the Soul’s fuel economy and added advanced safety features.
A new continuously variable transmission (CVT) helped to improve the Soul’s fuel economy to 28 mpg overall, up 2 mpg from the previous version we tested. The engine and transmission together contribute to predictable and appropriate acceleration and power. However, engine noise is noticeable under heavy demand, such as when drivers are merging onto the highway or taking a steep hill.