The Kia Soul is a compact five-door that competes with the Nissan Cube and Scion xB. First launched in 2010 and targeted at a younger demographic, the Soul was all-new. For its second model year, Kia has recalibrated the Soul's rear suspension and added standard rear disc brakes (last year's model was fitted with rear drum brakes). Other changes include push-button start, a trip computer, heated outside mirrors, and new door handles.Kia's Soul is offered in four different models. The Base model is fitted with a 1.6-liter engine, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, four-speaker audio system, and 15-inch steel wheels. The Soul + is upgraded with a larger 1.8-liter engine, tinted privacy glass, Bluetooth phone connectivity, keyless entry, six-speaker audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, 16-inch alloy wheels, and more. The Soul ! features a two-tone sand/black cloth upholstery, eight-speaker audio package, 18-inch alloy wheels, and more. The range-topping Soul Sport is fitted with a two-tone red/black upholstery, sport seats, metal pedals, rear spoiler, and unique front and rear fascias.
Under the hood of the five-passenger vehicle is one of two four-cylinder engines. Base models are offered with a 122 horsepower 1.6-liter, while upgraded trim levels are fitted with a standard 142 horsepower 1.8-liter. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 4-speed automatic offered on upgraded trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard. The EPA rates the 2011 Kia Soul fuel economy between 24 mpg city, and 31 mpg highway, depending on powertrain.
The 2011 Kia Soul Base starts with a base price of about $14,000 and tops out with the Sport model, which starts around $19,000.
|Base (M5)||5 speed manual||$13,300||122-hp / 1.6L 4-cyl||26/31|
|+ (M5)||5 speed manual||$15,495||142-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||24/30|
|! (A4)||4 speed automatic||$18,495||142-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||24/30|
|sport (A4)||4 speed automatic||$18,495||142-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||24/30|