2011 Kia Soul Overview
After making its debut last year, the alternative, affordable, and fuel-efficient 2011 Kia Soul has proven to be a favorite among those who appreciate a fresh driving experience.
The 2011 Soul keeps its quirky, boxy styling. The hatchback looks like a cross between a Mini Cooper and Scion xB with its combination of curves and eye-catching lines. The Soul adds a rear sloping roof and blacked out pillars which make it look more aggressive. The Soul is available in four trims—base, Soul+, Soul! and Sport.
There are two engine options available for the 2011 Kia Soul. Under the hood of the base trim, a 122-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, while the other trims share a 142-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to the standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic transmission. For fuel economy, the Soul gets an estimated 24-26 mpg in the city and 30-31 mpg on the highway and competes with other hip, boxy wagons like the Honda Element and Scion xB.
Inside, the 2011 Soul comes with seating for five and a tall greenhouse which gives you plenty of storage space, especially when the 60/40 split folding rear seats are down. Choose between three unique interior colors to personalize the look and feel of your Soul. Standard features include air conditioning, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, and a tilt steering wheel. Additional tech features are optional, like Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calling and an upgraded 315-watt stereo system.
Outside, the 2011 Soul gets 15-inch wheels standard, while larger 16- and 18-inch alloy wheels are optional. The Soul can also be easily customized on the exterior as well, choose between features like a roof kayak attachment and front and rear spoilers to give your Soul the look and function it needs. Kia’s 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty is still one of the best in the industry and means that you can breathe easy with a Soul in your stable.
The 2011 Kia Soul also excels when it comes to safety, especially at its price range. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, six airbags, electronic stability control, impact-absorbing steering column, and active head restraints for the front seats.
Whether you’re a hip hamster, or someone who likes bold styling, a comprehensive warranty, and endless customizability, you’re bound to love the 2011 Kia Soul.