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2012 Kia Soul
2012 Kia Soul
Available Price Range $5,830-$12,938 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 25-27 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Kia Soul

Our Take

Kia joined the boxy wagon segment when it launched the Soul as a 2010 model. It competes with cars like the Scion xB and Nissan Cube. 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&apo... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride over rough pavement
  • Adjustment range for driver's seat
  • High cargo floor
  • No automatic transmission with base engine

Notable Features

  • More powerful and fuel-efficient drivetrains
  • Styling updates
  • Standard USB/iPod input
  • Available backlit speakers


Our Expert Reviews

As a mom who is always on the lookout for an "anti-Mom" vehicle, the Kia Soul definitely piqued my interest. At first, I questioned its "age-appropriateness" for a lady like me with a baby in the backseat, but after 5 minutes behind the wheel, I really didn't care. The 2012 Kia Soul isn't just young and cool; it's convenient, economical and fun for a family to ride around in. T... Read full review for the 2012 Kia Soul

Consumer Reviews


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Good car for the money, comfort could improve

by Savannah Man from Savannah, GA on August 23, 2011

Just took a round trip from Savannah to Atlanta in a brand new Soul. As a front seat passenger there and a driver back. My one complaint with this car would be comfort. The seats are comfortable, but ... Read Full Review


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There is currently 1 recall 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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