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Our Expert Review: 2013 Kia Soul

My Soul Got Crushed by my heart went on

by from Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 23, 2012

I bought the 2010 Soul when it was months old. One of the biggest reasons I bought it was for the promise of safety. Recently it was tested when someone illegally turned and as much as I tried to avoi...
I bought the 2010 Soul when it was months old. One of the biggest reasons I bought it was for the promise of safety. Recently it was tested when someone illegally turned and as much as I tried to avoid a collision, it happened. Sadly, the car was declared a total loss. HOWEVER, luckily, because of how the car was made, I escaped with my life. From that moment, when I saw how the built-in crumple zones REALLY worked and the passenger compartment was unscathed and intact, I was a true believer in the excellent safety ratings the Soul receives. I'm going to buy another one as when comparing other vehicles, the Soul always comes out on top. I laugh at the misguided marketing this car receives from KIA. Even for this middle-aged man, I know that you have to be smart as a fox, not a hamster to get this car.
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ECONOMICAL + FUN = KIA SOUL+

by from Missoula, Montana on March 6, 2013

I drove it, I loved it and then I bought it. At 69 years young I thought there was nothing in the auto industry that would be appealing to me and would bring a smile to all who see it. It is designed ...
I drove it, I loved it and then I bought it. At 69 years young I thought there was nothing in the auto industry that would be appealing to me and would bring a smile to all who see it. It is designed for entry and exit by the young and the young at heart. You sit up and can see where you are going. In addition, the back up/cam is super when backing out of the parking lots. The interactive voice command feature I thought might be a little too many bells and whistles. Boy was I wrong. It was easy to learn and works great. Some times I even talk back to the electronic voice. Great car. great price. Stick with the 16 inch wheels. They are all you need in any type of weather. Enjoy your ride and try not to run over any hampsters.
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OK, I don't match the typical KIA Soul owner, BUT!

by from Orange County Calif on September 4, 2012

I'm a bit over 50, and I'm not a Hampster...so I don't match the image of a "hip, college age kid that likes grunge and the newest bands". But strangely enough, we we recently bought a 2012 KIA Soren...
I'm a bit over 50, and I'm not a Hampster...so I don't match the image of a "hip, college age kid that likes grunge and the newest bands". But strangely enough, we we recently bought a 2012 KIA Sorento SX for my wife, and a 2012 KIA Forte for my college age daughter....I saw a lot of grey haired folks like us driving out of the KIA Dealership in brand new Souls! When I talked to the salesmen and some of the new Soul owners, I found that the roomy interior, the ease of entering and exiting the Soul, and the feel of it being a bigger vehicle was drawing older folks to the KIA Soul like moths to a bright light! And the practicality and efficiency as well as the low price and high value didn't hurt either! I mean come-on....100,000 mile waranty! Wow! Fuel economy right around 30 or so, prices starting at around $16,200 for a Base model with a 6 speed automatic and a big shovel load of standard equipment that would put other veicles to shame! 4 wheel disk brakes..the competition has rear drums! Standard Air Conditioning, standard power windows, 6 way adjustable seat, dark tinted windows, power door locks, bluetooth wireless cell phone link with steering wheel controls, keyless remote entry, tilt AND telescopic steering wheel, rear wiper, AM/FM/ CD/Sirius 4 speaker stereo, USB input jack for MP3 player hookup, a govebox that can fit a 15" laptop! And enough safety stuff to get it a 5 star crash rating and a Top Safety Pick, as well as a rating of Best Initial Owner Satisfaction in the Soul's class! I'm getting right around 26 mpg, and so far (it's a week old!) I love it. Mine is the Soul Exclaim (!) model, it has the Microsoft UVO voice system that uses your voice commands to do various functions. It also has the thumping Infinity 8 speaker system that will rattle your teeth! The 10 year 100,000 mile warranty is just icing on the cake! This 2.0L Soul Exclaim has a zero to 60 time of around 8 seconds, and the 6 speed automatic can be manually shifted for performance, handling is a bit less than a sports car obviousily, but with the 18" wheels it does handle and ride nicely. The rear seat is almost "limo" like....comfortable and roomy, lots of head room and big windows, and if you fold the rear seats down, you get a LOT of cargo space! I love this Soul!
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Love my Kia Soul!

by from Noblesville, IN on September 21, 2012

Great car, great price, good mileage. The Soul is very versatile and is just the right size. It's a lot roomier inside than it looks and it's very easy to get in and out of (unlike my Honda Accord cou...
Great car, great price, good mileage. The Soul is very versatile and is just the right size. It's a lot roomier inside than it looks and it's very easy to get in and out of (unlike my Honda Accord coupe). I can't believe the number of cool standard features that come with the Soul--stereo, interior lights, fog lights, neat LED lights around the stereo speakers in the doors, and especially the back-up camera. It has a small turning radius and handles great. I feel totally safe in the car and love driving it.
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Can't Believe How Great It Is!!

by from St. Louis, MO on February 13, 2013

I have NEVER commented on a site about a vehicle. This lil' urban crossover is wonderful. I opted for the 2013 Exclaim with the larger tires (heard mixed reviews on the ride, but I love the look). The...
I have NEVER commented on a site about a vehicle. This lil' urban crossover is wonderful. I opted for the 2013 Exclaim with the larger tires (heard mixed reviews on the ride, but I love the look). The higher driving position, power EVERYTHING, and back up camera are all a huge plus. Looked at other cars that were cheaper, but once I added the same features, they were significantly higher. Once behind the steering wheel, it feels like a much larger vehicle. PLENTY of room. Definitely recommend.
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Very nice ride

by from Florida on October 27, 2013

I am 6"1" at 235 llbs. I still have my GMC crew cab to pull my boat. I looked at many small cars and after test driving the Soul and seeing the room I had and the peppy little 4 cylinder fuel injected...
I am 6"1" at 235 llbs. I still have my GMC crew cab to pull my boat. I looked at many small cars and after test driving the Soul and seeing the room I had and the peppy little 4 cylinder fuel injected motor, I bought it on the spot. The warranty was another selling factor. I am more impressed with this car the more I drive it.
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better electronics

by from Fort Wayne IN on February 8, 2013

Traded in a Fusion Hybrid for a Kia Exclaim because Ford's electronics were unreliable. In comparison the Kia has been trouble free and is better built. Too bad the windshield pillar design allows so ...
Traded in a Fusion Hybrid for a Kia Exclaim because Ford's electronics were unreliable. In comparison the Kia has been trouble free and is better built. Too bad the windshield pillar design allows so much wind noise - the company needs to make the mounting area flush. Also got rid of the 18 inch wheels for a set of oversize 15 inchers. Car was obviously designed with this base spec in mind because steering, ride, and tire noise have all improved! MIleage would also improve with a longer (lower numerical) final drive ratio. Acceleration is plenty good to make that change possible..
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Highly Dissapointed

by from Punta Gorda, FL on November 3, 2012

Less than a month after purchase problems started. Will not get over 30 mpg on highway, but is you check Google and Yahoo you will see the EPA busted Kia for falsifying the mileage data. Have electric...
Less than a month after purchase problems started. Will not get over 30 mpg on highway, but is you check Google and Yahoo you will see the EPA busted Kia for falsifying the mileage data. Have electrical issues with my door locks. Can not lock drivers door at all. You will be driving down the road and they randomly start locking and unlocking repeatedly non-stop. Also, engine makes a rattling sound when starting after 30 to 40 minutes from last time driven. Seat and headrest very uncomfortable for anyone over 5'9" tall. But overall it is surprisingly roomy for the size. Electrical and engine issues within first month of ownership.
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Love the styling

by from Pittsburgh, PA on September 1, 2012

I have had this car for almost 2 months. I am not sure I am getting the gas mileage on the sticker - it always resets itself every time I refill my tank, and starts in the low 20s, although on long tr...
I have had this car for almost 2 months. I am not sure I am getting the gas mileage on the sticker - it always resets itself every time I refill my tank, and starts in the low 20s, although on long trips - it reads 42+MPG that is more than the estimate. The car is fun to drive, sporty, has great space. I have found two drawbacks. One is the black interior. I have two dogs and a cat - their hair is tracked into the car on our clothing and shoes and it is very visible. Two is when I drive longer distances - the seats do become uncomfortable.
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It is well with my SOUL

by from Florida on December 11, 2013

I just turned 16 and this is my first car. Because the 2015 Kia Soul is about to debut my parents and I got a fabulous deal. Though this car is affordable, it is not cheap at all! I got the + package ...
I just turned 16 and this is my first car. Because the 2015 Kia Soul is about to debut my parents and I got a fabulous deal. Though this car is affordable, it is not cheap at all! I got the + package and I love the blutooth system, which works better than most of the other cars I test drove, and the overall feel of the car. It is so much fun to drive. I was quite skeptical when originally approaching this car, but after driving it and hearing about the warranty and price, I was sold. I got mine in Alien green with the black interior. The black interior makes it feel expensive but, is sometimes a hassle to clean. The columns on the back create a bit more of a blind spot than I am used to but, it isn't hard to maneuver around. Overall great car.
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