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Kia Soul

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3.2 (Good)

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The quirky five-door 2019 Kia Soul carries on largely unchanged, with the same trio of gasoline engines and in pure-electric Soul EV form (covered elsewhere). Beyond being a bit odd for attention’s sake, the Soul’s boxy body gives it the ability to seat up to five or carry 50 cubic feet of cargo. And with up to 201 horsepower on tap, this anti-crossover has pace to match its space.

2020 - 2020 Kia Soul

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Kia Soul

Major changes included:

The five-passenger Soul retains its four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive layout that's efficient on the road and in regard to interior space. Increased use of advanced high strength steel and optimized crash structure have Kia expecting top safety testing marks. Read more »


2014 - 2019 Kia Soul

3/4 Front Glamour 2019 Kia Soul

Major changes included:

The trim level you choose dictates which engine you get, and you'll notice that prices climb quickly. Read more »

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

2010 - 2013 Kia Soul

3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Kia Soul

Major changes included:

The Soul is available in four trims, Soul (base), Soul +, Soul ! (exclaim), and Soul sport. The front-wheel drive, five-passenger Soul (base), is powered by a 122-hp 1.6-liter four cylinder engine with power delivery through a five-speed manual transmission only. The Soul +, Soul ! (exclaim), and Soul sport, are powered by a 142-hp... Read more »

2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

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