*This is a product review. All opinions are 100% my own. I was provided this vehicle to drive and review. No other compensation was given. ~ Kimberly
Yes I am a KIA fan. I have watched them come along way and they offer so much for the money. When I first discovered them in 2003 they were impressive then. There 100,000 mile grantee/warrantee was unheard of at that time. Well, to say the least they are still exceeding consumers’ expectations eleven years later and doing it well. Recently, I had the pleasure of test driving a KIA Soul for a week. Simply, stated I did not know what to expect however the Kia Soul was load with surprises and luxury. I love Kia (Yes, I named her) so much we went everywhere AND did a photo shoot. I always LOVED the way she handled in the rain. Kia was awesome.
The Three Things I Like
• The way she handles in the rain. I do not drive at all in the rain. I just avoid it and have for countless years. While driving the KIA I was caught in one of many monsoons here in Atlanta. She handles perfectly in the rain. She became my security blanket and I swear the brakes actually intensified when the road became wet.
• The dual navigation system was the greatest ever! This pretty girl had a dual navigation system. There was one on the radio and the dashboard. Perfect for me because the dashboard one was easier and safer to view for me.
• The lights up speakers were pretty cool! Now I know first-hand why the hamsters were rocking it out in the commercial. The speakers change colors to the beat it night.
The Three Things I Would Improve – (Maybe it’s just me)
• The dual sunroof only opens one sunroof and I would have loved to have the entire thing open.
• The automatic lock/unlock feature is a little frustrating. I never got the hang of it and as far as I could tell it only successfully works on the driver’s side.
• The trunk has no space at all. All I could get in there was a few groceries. No full size suitcase or shopping bags.
From The KIA Site
The Kia Soul is redesigned for 2014 model year retaining the unique look of the original Soul while adding new elements from the Kia Track’ster concept including the large trapezoidal lower air intake, the “floating” rear body-color panel in the lift gate and Kia’s signature grille which is reworked to more closely resemble the concept. The new Soul is built on a new chassis that is longer, wider and stiffer to provide more passenger and cargo room with reduced noise levels. The Base Soul is powered by a 130-horsepower 1.6-liter engine mated with a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic. Soul Plus and Exclaim trim levels receive a 164-horsepower 2.0-liter engine combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes power windows, power door locks, heated outside mirrors, telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth hands free wireless technology4 and SiriusXM satellite radio. Soul Plus adds 17-inch alloy wheels, outside mirror turn-signal indicators and console storage with integrated armrest. Soul Exclaim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, projector headlights, front LED positioning lights, rear LED halo lights, high-gloss piano-black center console, cooled glove box, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather-wrapped gear shift knob and 10-way power driver’s seat.
MSRP: $14,900 – $23,400
Fuel economy (MPG): 23 – 24 city | 30 – 31 highway