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  • (4.6) 91 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,428–$12,600
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 25-27
  • Engine: 164-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD
2012 Kia Soul

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Kia Soul

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

2012 Kia Soul Reviews

Vehicle Overview

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's offered in base, Soul+, Soul!, and Sport trim levels.

New For 2012
Both of the Soul's available four-cylinder engines make more power and team with new six-speed transmissions. Fuel estimates have improved for both engines, too — 25/30 mpg city/highway for the base engine and 23/28 mpg for the optional larger four-cylinder. The 2012 Soul gains exterior styling revisions that update its appearance slightly.

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:

  • Revised front-end styling includes new headlights, LED daytime running lights and a restyled bumper
  • Updated rear design cues include LED taillights and a newly styled bumper
  • 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:

  • Newly available Infinity premium stereo
  • Newly available Uvo hands-free communication and entertainment system
  • Standard air conditioning, tilt steering wheel and CD stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional cruise control, keyless entry and height-adjustable driver's seat
  • Optional Premium Package adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic air conditioning, a navigation system (replaces Uvo) and push-button starting

Under the Hood
The Soul's base engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 135 horsepower and works with a six-speed manual transmission. There is an available 160-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic

Safety
Standard features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • An electronic stability system, required for 2012
  • Active head restraints for the front seats

 

Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 91 reviews

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good car and save gas

by kn from tx on September 27, 2017

ONE OWNER, AUTOCHECK CERTIFIED w/ NO ACCIDENTS REPORTED! GREAT GAS MILEAGE- 27 city/35 hwy. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR OF UPGRADED ENGINE/TRANSMISSION ON THE SOUL! SIlver w/ Black Interior, Power Windows... Read Full Review

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3 Trims Available

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2012 Kia Soul Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Kia Soul !

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Kia Soul !

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

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Overall Side
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NHTSA Ratings

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Overall Side
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Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

60mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

120mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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