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2011 Kia Soul

$4,069 — $11,381 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
27-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Value for the money
  • Impressive safety features
  • Cabin quality
  • Powerful uplevel stereo
  • Solid brakes
  • Warranty

The Bad

  • Gas mileage not as good as some
  • Ride over rough pavement
  • Adjustment range for driver's seat
  • High cargo floor
  • No automatic transmission on base trim
2011 Kia Soul exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Kia Soul
  • Manual or automatic
  • Boxy, youthful styling
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard USB/iPod compatibility
  • Available backlit speakers

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Kia joined the boxy wagon segment last year with the  Soul, which competes with models like the Honda Element and Scion xB. Employing front-wheel drive and powered by a choice of four-cylinder engines, the Soul comes with a host of standard features and an attractive base price. It's offered in base, Soul+, Soul!, and Sport trim levels.

New For 2011
There are no significant changes beyond some planned special editions.

Exterior
Featuring a rounded front end that's reminiscent of a Mini Cooper, the Soul has short front and rear overhangs and a fairly raked windshield. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch wheels
  • Optional 16- and 18-inch wheels
  • Optional moonroof
  • Optional rear spoiler and fog lights

Interior
The Soul has seating for up to five with its front bucket seats and rear bench seat. The bench seat is split and can be folded down to expand the cargo area. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, CD stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional cruise control, keyless entry and height-adjustable driver's seat
  • Optional uplevel audio system

Under the Hood
The Soul's base engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 122 horsepower and works with a five-speed manual transmission.

  • Available 142-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic

Safety
Standard features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side ...
Vehicle Overview

Kia joined the boxy wagon segment last year with the  Soul, which competes with models like the Honda Element and Scion xB. Employing front-wheel drive and powered by a choice of four-cylinder engines, the Soul comes with a host of standard features and an attractive base price. It's offered in base, Soul+, Soul!, and Sport trim levels.

New For 2011
There are no significant changes beyond some planned special editions.

Exterior
Featuring a rounded front end that's reminiscent of a Mini Cooper, the Soul has short front and rear overhangs and a fairly raked windshield. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch wheels
  • Optional 16- and 18-inch wheels
  • Optional moonroof
  • Optional rear spoiler and fog lights

Interior
The Soul has seating for up to five with its front bucket seats and rear bench seat. The bench seat is split and can be folded down to expand the cargo area. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, CD stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional cruise control, keyless entry and height-adjustable driver's seat
  • Optional uplevel audio system

Under the Hood
The Soul's base engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 122 horsepower and works with a five-speed manual transmission.

  • Available 142-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic

Safety
Standard features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • An electronic stability system
  • Active head restraints for the front seats

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
88 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Soul Perfect For Tall Person

by OwnASoul from Apalachin, NY on August 1, 2018

The Soul Really surprised me the with how much room it had. I am 6'5" tall and I did not feel cramped. It is a real joy to drive. It is even comfortable for me on a long trips despite the short wheel ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love my Kia Soul

by Tfarraj from OH on July 30, 2018

I absolutely love this vehicle. Just took it on a road trip and loved every trip of it. My kids enjoy the spacious back seats. The speakers are great and we love the color changing effect around them. ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Kia Soul currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Kia Soul Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
acceptable
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Soul received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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