Fresh off of last years improvements, the 2013 Kia Soul is a compact hatchback available with two different engines; a standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque, and an optional 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that yields 164 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 23 mpg city to 30 mpg highway, depending on transmission and engine selection. Features include 18-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, power sunroof with tilt, hands-free phone capabilities, paddle shifters, leather trim, and push-button start. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, brake assist (BA), anti-lock braking (ABS), traction control (TCS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The Kia Soul is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
After major revisions to the powertrain in 2012, Kia has left the Soul mostly unchanged for 2013. A revised grill with chrome accents is new, as are the various Kia badges that adorn the vehicle. Inside, audio controls are now located on the steering wheel and Bluetooth is standard even on base manual transmission equipped cars. Soul ! variants now come with power folding mirrors and several new colors are available across all model ranges. Pricing starts at $14,400 for a manual-equipped Soul.
Spacious interior; good power with either engine; good fuel economy; affordability; great warranty
The 2013 Kia Soul is aimed squarely at the Scion crowd with its funky styling, wild colors and personalized interior and exterior treatments. Improvements in performance and efficiency add tremendous value to the Soul, especially with base prices about $3,000 less than a comparable Scion.