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2012 Kia Soul Overview (See Available Styles)

Just two years after its debut, the 2012 Kia Soul gets a refresh for the new model year and remains one of the best bargains in all of the automotive industry.

The Soul keeps the boxy shape that it came with in 2010 and though its look is rather unique it also offers plenty of utility, with 19.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row, which expands to 53.4 cubic feet when the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats are stowed. Another interesting thing to note about the Soul, it's tall roofline actually slants up as you look forward, which means that if you're sitting in the back you feel like you have a ton of headroom because of all the space up high in front of you. Up front the Soul for 2012 features new headlights and a new front bumper, and in the rear the LED taillights crawl up the sides of the liftgate.

However, the real excitement for 2012 Soul comes in the form of a pair of new engine options, each of which have more power and are also more efficient than the engines they replace. The base engine is now a 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder that comes with the base trim, while Plus and Exclaim trims feature a bigger 164-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Transmission options are new as well, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic which is standard on every trim except the base.

As previously mentioned, the Soul’s fuel economy has also improved – 27/35 mpg city/highway for the base engine, and 26/34 mpg for the larger engine.

Inside, the 2012 Soul features seating for up to five passengers and really impressive interior quality for a car at this price point. We had the chance to get up close and personal with the refreshed Soul recently and came away pleasantly surprised at the fit and finish you find in the Soul. There are also some nice small details to be found in the cabin, especially around the center console and the detailing you find in the door panels and on the seats.

There are also plenty of standard features, including air conditioning, power windows and locks, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, and Bluetooth® connectivity. The available premium package adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and a navigation system. Kia’s new Uvo infotainment system is also optional; Uvo works in conjunction with your smartphone and allows you to make calls and access your phone using voice commands. It will even read texts aloud to you.

The 2012 Soul also takes safety seriously as a recipient of the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Standard safety features include four-wheel disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and six airbags.

Add all of these things together and you can see why the 2012 Kia Soul just might be the best deal rolling around on four wheels.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 23 - 25 MPG
  • Highway: 28 - 30 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

82 of 90 (91%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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