2013 Kia Soul

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Pros:  Plenty of passenger space; long list of available features; price; styling.

Cons: Short on cargo space, larger wheels equals stiffer ride; styling.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2013 Kia Soul is offered in three trims- base, Soul + and Soul !.  Standard features in the base Soul includes 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, power windows and locks,  Bluetooth® and a 4-speaker sound system with a CD player, MP3 capability, an auxiliary/USB input jack and satellite radio. 16-inch alloy wheels and steering wheel-mounted audio/cruise controls are optional.

The midlevel Soul + adds the 16-inch alloy wheels and steering wheel-mounted audio/cruise controls plus power mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, tweeter speakers, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a leather wrapped shift knob and additional storage compartments.

Optional equipment packages on the Soul + includes an Audio Upgrade Package (A/T only), a Power Sunroof with Tilt and Fog Lights Package and an ECO Package.

The audio package adds a UVO Powered by Microsoft® Infotainment system, an Infinity® sound system, a rearview camera and auto on/off headlights. The Power Sunroof with Tilt and Fog Lights Package adds just that. The ECO Package adds a fuel saving Stop & Go system and low rolling resistance tires.

Stepping up to the Soul ! will get you the Audio Upgrade Package and Power Sunroof with Tilt and Fog Lights Package as standard. The Soul ! also tacks on 18-inch alloy wheels, projection headlights, power folding mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, upgraded cloth seats and unique interior trim. An optional Premium package will add push-button start, navigation, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and automatic climate control.

Safety
Standard safety features includes six airbags, 4-wheel antilock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction and stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Warranty Information
Kia has a lot of confidence in both the quality and endurance of its new vehicles, and it shows. They stand behind their new vehicles with an industry -leading warranty to help bring owners peace of mind. Every new Kia comes with an impressive 10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Basic Warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile Limited Anti-Perforation Warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile 24-hour Roadside Assistance service.

MSRP

Trims MSRP
2013 Soul $14,400
2013 Soul + $16,700
2013 Soul ! $19,900
Similar Vehicles MSRP
2013 Nissan Cube $16,760
2013 Scion XB $17,055
2013 Honda Fit $15,425

 Engines, Transmissions, & EPA Ratings:

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Transmission

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

Soul

1.6-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed M/T

25/30

Soul

1.6-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed A/T

25/30

Soul +

2.0-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed M/T

24/29

Soul + & Soul !

2.0-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed A/T

23/28

Soul + with ECO Package

2.0-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed A/T

24/29

 

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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