I have been a Honda buyer for 30 years. So you can imagine the level of trepidation I had about buying a Kia. However, so far I have been quite delighted with the Kia Soul 2012 Exclaim with Navigation...
I have been a Honda buyer for 30 years. So you can imagine the level of trepidation I had about buying a Kia. However, so far I have been quite delighted with the Kia Soul 2012 Exclaim with Navigation that I bought for my daughter.
The 5 year warranty on most things, plus the level of additional equipment I got compared to a Honda Civic EXL with navigation was enormous. I had to pay MSRP because these cars were in such short supply. But even at MSRP, the on-the-road price of the Soul Exclaim was the same as the Civic EX-L with navigation and the Soul had a rear view camera, Homelink with compass and privacy glass which the Civic simply did not have. The major issue I had with the Soul is that I coud not use my standard Apple USB iPhone cord to charge my iphone. You have to buy a special cable from Kia for this. Also, unlike the Civic, the Soul does NOT display the iPhone Music menu (playlists, songs, albums, etc.) on the navigation screen. I have to manage this from my iPhone itself. Additionally the Soul:
a) DOES NOT have an Audible Low Fuel Indicator Beep like the Civic. You have to visually keep your eye on the dash board to see the Low Fuel Indicator light come on
b) Does NOT have a vehicle security system that the Civic EX-L comes with as standard
c) COMES with much larger and BETTER tires than the Civic or CR-V. My 2010 CRV-EX-L's tires wore out in less than 36,000 miles. Appears Honda is simply not what they used to be though I still love the way they drive versus the Soul.
d) has SAME or BETTER crash test and safety scores than the Civic
e) The Honda engine and driveabilty at any speed is still unbeatable by the Soul. But the Soul drives very well and is definitely better value for the money