2018 Kia Soul

The 2018 Kia Soul is a sub-compact crossover/tall hatchback with a starting MSRP of $16,200. The Kia Soul slots below the sub-compact hybrid Kia Niro in the brand’s crossover lineup. Its upright styling lends the interior an open and airy feel.

Pros: Low Starting Price, Safety Score, Roomy Interior, Available Manual Transmission

Cons: Lacks All-Wheel-Drive, Less Fuel-Efficient Than Competitors, Ride Quality Lacks Polish

Looks Best In: Alien 2 exterior/Black interior


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Competition: Mazda CX-3Subaru CrosstrekNissan Rogue Sport, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Trax, Hyundai Kona, Ford EcoSport, Toyota C-HR

Safety Score: The 2018 Kia Soul was awarded the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick distinction.

Summary: The cheap and cheerful Kia Soul has a comfortable cabin with lots of cargo space. Like many vehicles is the sub-compact segment, the Soul’s ride can get busy over rough pavement and the cabin is a bit louder at highway speed than in vehicles one size up. Expressive styling and an enjoyable driving experience make the Soul a good choice for shoppers looking for a roomy interior and upright driving position.

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