Consumer Reviews Summary
97 of 101 (96%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Kia Soul Overview
Even though it got a refresh for the 2012 model year, Kia has made a few changes to the 2013 Soul. New are standard Bluetooth connectivity and steering-wheel mounted audio controls on all three models, and optional power folding mirrors on the top trim level. Kia offers its five-passenger, boxy wagon in three trim levels named to sound as hip as the car looks: base, + (Plus) and ! (exclaim).
Unlike its boxy competitors the Soul features a gently sloping roofline and rising beltline that sets it apart from the more symmetrical looking Scion xB and Nissan Cube. Headlamps wrap along the front corners, while the tall, trapezoidal taillights are positioned high on the body, closer to the roof than the rear bumper. The overall shape has visual tension and a somewhat aggressive look. Wheels sit close to the corners, creating small overhangs. Standard wheels are 15 inches and 16- and 18-inch rims are available. Also notable are LED daytime running lights and taillights.
A 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter, inline-four cylinder engine with 123 pounds-feet of torque pairs with a six-speed manual gearbox sending power to the front wheels of the base Soul. The other two models draw breath from a 164-horsepower, 2.0-liter, inline-four developing 148 pounds-feet of torque that mates to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The automatic transmission is optional on the lower two trim levels and standard on the top-of-the-line. Also available with the 2.0-liter engine/automatic is an Eco Package that adds engine start-stop technology and low-rolling resistance tires.
The stylish compact’s 1.6-liter engine gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with either transmission. Moving up to the 2.0-liter powerplant returns 26/34 mpg city/highway, also with either transmission. Adding the Eco Package raises 2.0-liter fuel economy to 27/35 mpg city/highway.
Inside the Soul, you’ll find standard cloth upholstery, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, and USB/auxiliary inputs. Upgrades include keyless entry, height-adjustable driver’s seat, Uvo voice-activated communication and entertainment system, leather upholstery, heated seats, and navigation.
Kia includes all safety features across the Soul range, including electronic stability and traction control, antilock brakes with emergency braking assist and electronic brake-force distribution, vehicle stability control and hill-start assist. Six airbags help protect occupants, including front, front side-impact and side-curtains for both rows. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Soul a Top Safety Pick.
The 2013 Kia Soul offers funky styling, a surprising amount of utility, and good fuel economy in a boxy package.