2020 Kia Soul Earns Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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The all-new 2020 Kia Soul is one of the few weird cars on the market, but the odd design doesn’t affect the vehicle's safety rating. In fact, Kia improved on the hatchback's safety ratings. The old Soul was a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The all-new Soul improves on that score, earning the organization’s coveted Top Safety Pick Plus designation.

In order to be named a Top Safety Pick Plus, the 2020 Soul had to earn a rating of Good in all six of the institute’s crash tests, have a rating of at least Advanced for its crash prevention system, and have headlights that earn a rating of Good. The Soul met all of these requirements, but its front crash prevention system earned the highest rating of Superior.

While the Top Safety Pick Plus rating is good news for the Soul and boxy fans alike, there’s a catch. The designation only applies to the two most expensive trims in the Soul lineup. The majority of Souls come with halogen reflector headlights, which earned the IIHS’ lowest rating of Poor. Only the EX with the Designer Collection package and the GT-Line Turbo trims have LED projector headlights. Those were found to be Good.

Kia Soul

The EX with the Design Collection package costs $25,185 (including destination), while the GT-Line Turbo is priced at $28,485. For reference, the cheapest Soul carries a price tag of just $18,485. So, if you’re a consumer and you’re looking to get into a Soul that meets the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Plus requirements, be prepared to shell out an extra $6,700.

Other small cars that earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award include the 2019 Subaru Impreza, Subaru Crosstrek, Kia Niro, Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra, and Honda Insight.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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