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2023 LX 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $19,890
2023 S 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,390
2023 GT-Line 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $23,490
2023 EX 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $24,190
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3.1 (Good)

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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The 2023 Kia Soul wears revised front and rear fascias and gets a major boost in standard driver assistance technology. The rugged X-Line and line-topping Turbo trims have departed. Kia's smallest crossover, the current Soul debuted in 2020.

Choosing Your Kia Soul

The Soul now comes in four trims: LX, S, GT-Line, and EX. Pricing starts at $21,085 including destination and reaches $25,385 for the EX.

Engine Choices

The Soul carries a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sends power to the front wheels.

According to EPA estimates, the Soul delivers 28 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 30 combined.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Soul is a subcompact crossover with ample room for five thanks to its boxy design. Cargo space is also better than expected at 24.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 62.1 cubic feet with it folded. All models feature an adjustable cargo shelf in back.

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Safety Features

The Soul now comes standard with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, driver alertness monitoring, automatic high beams, and a rear-seat reminder. The $500 Technology Package for the LX includes blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. These items are standard on subsequent trims.

The GT-Line only can be equipped with adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking with side detection. These are included in the expansive GT-Line Technology Package ($2,400).

Connectivity

The standard infotainment systems include an 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, a USB port, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Starting with the S, all models get a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, a second USB port, satellite radio, and wireless phone charging.

The GT-Line Technology Package includes a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

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2023 Kia Soul LX – MSRP From $21,085

The LX comes with the expected equipment for this class, like rear privacy glass, keyless entry, manual climate control, and power side mirrors. The LX rolls on 16-inch steel wheels with full covers. Alloy wheels are included in the LX Technology Package.

2023 Kia Soul S – MSRP From $23,585

In addition to its connectivity upgrades, the S offers dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless access, upgraded cloth upholstery, and standard alloy wheels.

2023 Kia Soul GT-Line – MSRP From $24,685

The GT-Line picks up more aggressive exterior trim, a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, and a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel. Besides its safety and connectivity upgrades, the GT-Line Technology Package adds heated front seats, a 10-way power driver seat, full LED exterior lighting, an electronic parking brake, and a cargo cover.

2023 Kia Soul EX – MSRP From $25,385

The EX builds on the S with premium cloth seating, heated front seats with 10-way driver power, a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a cargo cover, and 17-inch wheels.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2023 Kia Soul S provides enough extra equipment for us to recommend it over the base LX without reservation. In fact, the S is the most attractive value in the lineup.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Standout design
  • Roomy interior
  • Great value option
  • Intuitive infotainment system
Cons
  • Punchy turbo engine dropped
  • Disappointing acceleration
  • Loud cabin at highway speeds
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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More Aggressive Styling. The Kia Soul has always occupied an odd space between being a hatchback and a subcompact SUV. The Soul’s size, interior space, and design, along with a few rugged-looking trims, led to a confusing vehicle. For 2023, the Soul gets a design that firmly puts it into hatchback territory, plus some changes have been made to the lineup.

On the outside, the 2023 model year arrives with updated exterior styling. The front bumper and rear fascia have been redesigned, while the headlights and taillights are new. Last year, the 2022 Soul’s headlights were located in the middle of the front fascia. For 2023, the headlights have a more conventional placement, sitting just underneath the hood. The grille arrives with a new pattern, too. To our eyes, the new Soul isn’t as polarizing as before and is clearly a hatchback.

The last change that Kia has made to the Soul that affects the way it looks is the discontinuation of the rugged X-Line trim. The X-Line was mostly a cosmetic package, bringing prominent body cladding, roof rails, and a black grille for a sturdy look. Without the X-Line trim, the 2023 Soul is now available in LX, S, GT-Line, and EX trims.

Packed With Features. While the Soul’s pricing and size make it a subcompact vehicle, Kia packs the car with features that are impressive for the subcompact segment. Even the base LX trim comes with niceties like an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, six audio speakers, a digital instrument cluster, and remote keyless entry.

Things get even nicer the higher up you go. Every trim above the LX comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, a wireless charging pad, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The available 10.25-inch touchscreen is one of the larger ones for the subcompact segment.

Unlike last year, the 2023 Soul now comes with more standard safety features The LX comes standard with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, and a driver attention monitor. The LX is also available with a new LX Technology package that brings blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist for $500. These features give the 2023 Soul a major edge over the 2022 model.

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Cargo Capacity Reigns Supreme. With its boxy design, the Soul offers a spacious cabin for up to five people. There's an abundant amount of headroom and legroom in both rows, at least enough to seat four comfortably. The Soul offers 38.8 inches of rear legroom, which is better than some compact SUVs.

Where the Soul really shines over other options in the class is on the cargo capacity front. With the rear seats in place, the Soul has 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the seats down opens cargo capacity up to 62.1 cubic feet. The Soul has one of the largest cargo areas in the subcompact class. Some trims also come with a multi-position cargo shelf to make it easier to store cargo.

Turbo Will Be Missed. One of the largest changes Kia made to the Soul for the 2023 model year is to discontinue the available turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine was rated at 201 horsepower and resulted in potent acceleration. For 2023, the Soul is only available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 hp. The engine comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

There’s no beating around the bush, as the Soul’s base engine delivers poor performance. Acceleration is lackadaisical and the CVT drones. For urbanites and consumers that do a lot of city driving, the Soul’s powertrain is fine. Consumers that plan on using the Soul for a highway cruiser will want to explore other options.

The fuel economy isn’t as good as one would expect with the Soul’s powertrain. The hatchback is rated to get up to 31 mpg combined. The Nissan Kicks (33 mpg), Hyundai Kona (32 mpg), and Toyota Corolla Cross (32 mpg) all have better combined fuel economy ratings than the Soul.

Final Thoughts. The 2023 Kia Soul continues to be a roomy and value-packed option in the subcompact class. For the new model year, the Soul looks better than before and has more standard and available safety features. The changes result in a Soul that’s better than before. We’re not sure why Kia dropped the turbo engine because, without it, the Soul struggles to keep up with the competition – literally.

For more performance, check out the Mazda CX-30. It’s available with a 250-horsepower engine, has athletic handling, and comes with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-30 looks and feels like an upscale vehicle and comes with a generous list of advanced safety features.

The Hyundai Kona is available in a wide range of trims, including a track-oriented N with 276 hp, has a bold design, features similar standard features to the Soul, and offers balanced handling.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) 2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
29 / 35 / 32 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
29 / 35 / 32 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$55
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
62.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
165.2 "
Exterior Width
70.9 "
Exterior Height
63.0 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.5 "
Front Legroom
41.1 "
Rear Legroom
38.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,888 Lbs.
Wheel Base
102 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Steel / 16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/metal-look Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist (lka) Lane Departure / Lane Change Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Following Assist (lfa) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist-ped Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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