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2011 Kia Soul
2011 Kia Soul
Available Price Range $5,402-$12,410 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 27-28 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2011 Kia Soul

Our Take

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 o... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • 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

Notable Features

  • Manual or automatic
  • Boxy, youthful styling
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard USB/iPod compatibility
  • Available backlit speakers


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in April 2009 about the 2010 Kia Soul. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2011, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. For a guy in his 20s, I am terminally unhip. I checked out this week's Billboard chart toppers, and I remain skeptical that Flo Rida is anyt... Read full review for the 2011 Kia Soul

Consumer Reviews


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very comfortable

by mdo from new hope, pa on May 11, 2011

I am a big guy and I have plenty of room inside, you must sit in one to see how much room there is, plenty of head room.


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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