3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Kia Soul


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If we asked you to name a few memorable ad campaigns, the Kia Soul and its dancing hamsters would probably make your list. The television spots introduced America to a stylish hatchback designed to compete with well-established competitors like the Toyota Matrix.

The Soul won’t win any races or mpg contests: Performance from a pair of four-cylinder engines—rated at 135 horsepower and 164 horsepower—is middling. But the Soul handles well, and its boxy lines allow plenty of headroom and cargo space.

Kia Soul Generations

2010 - 2014 Kia Soul

3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Kia Soul

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After its 2010 introduction, the Kia Soul became one of the most popular vehicles in the carmaker's lineup. Updates for 2013 included new badging, standard Bluetooth for base models and power-folding mirrors at the I trim level. The Soul has two engine options: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque, and a 2-liter four-cylinder that generates 164 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.

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