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2013 Kia Soul Base

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Stock # #:
7903
VIN # :
KNDJT2A58D7562789
Engine:
1.6L 4 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Clear White
Interior Color:
Black
Body
Sedan
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
25
Highway MPG:
30
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2013 kia soul

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.2
37 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (59%)
4 Star - (16%)
3 Star - (16%)
2 Star - (8%)
1 Star - (7%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.1
COMFORT
4.1
INTERIOR
4.3
RELIABILITY
4.3
VALUE
4.2

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

The 2013 Kia Soul brings hipster styling and a fun-to-drive nature to the realm of the practical hatchback.

What's New

For 2013, the Kia Soul sees just a handful of minor changes, which include newly standard Bluetooth connectivity for the manual-transmission base model, power-folding outside mirrors for the "!" trim level and revised Kia badges for all.

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PROS

Loads of available features; user-friendly controls; ample passenger space; funky style; low price; long warranty.

Introduction

The 2013 Kia Soul might be inexpensive, but this certainly doesn't mean it's cheap. Even for the entry-level model, you get solid build quality, a peppy direct-injected engine and an audio system that boasts satellite radio and an iPod hookup. Available two-tone interior color schemes, houndstooth-print upholstery and illuminated audio speakers bring welcome touches of personality not expected from cars in this price range. Furthermore, the more expensive versions of Kia's crossover offer even stronger performance.

As expected, the Soul scores well in the EPA's fuel economy testing, and an optional Eco package allows the 2.0-liter engine to achieve nearly the same mileage estimates as the 1.6-liter. The magic happens thanks to low-rolling-resistance tires and stop/start technology that automatically shuts off the engine when you come to a stoplight and restarts it as soon as you lift your foot off the brake pedal.

With such a compelling blend of style, practicality, affordability and features -- and let's not forget its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty -- the 2013 Kia Soul stands firm as one of our top picks for a small hatchback. That said, there are other choices you might want to check out. If even greater cargo capacity is a top priority, we'd suggest checking out the Scion xB and Honda Fit. And if fuel economy or handling are at the top of your list, other good candidates include the Chevy Sonic and Ford Fiesta. But if you're looking for a car that's both funky and practical, it's hard to beat this overachieving little Kia.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2013 Kia Soul is a four-door hatchback available in three punctuation-inspired trim levels: base, + and !.

The base model's standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a four-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. When equipped with the optional automatic transmission, the base Soul gains keyless entry, rear privacy glass, cruise control and a height-adjustable driver seat.

The Soul+ includes all the above along with 16-inch alloy wheels (optional on base), heated mirrors, dash-top and center console storage bins, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, some faux metallic interior accents and two additional speakers. The available Audio Upgrade package adds automatic headlights, a rearview camera, the Uvo hands-free media player interface and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system with HD radio and tricolor speaker lights. The optional Eco package adds fuel-saving features like an automatic stop/start system, an upgraded battery and low-rolling-resistance tires. Also available is a sunroof bundled with foglamps.

The top-of-the-line Soul! adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, power-folding outside mirrors, upgraded headlights, foglamps, LED daytime running lights, houndstooth pattern two-tone upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and the Audio Upgrade package. Optional on the ! is a Premium package, which adds keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climatic control and a navigation system with real-time traffic and a touchscreen interface.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive Kia Soul is offered with two different engines. The base Soul gets a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard (including a hill-start assist function) and a six-speed automatic is optional. EPA mileage estimates stand at 25 mpg city/30 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined regardless of transmission choice.

Soul+ and ! models get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out a healthy 164 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices are the same as the base model, but the Soul! is automatic only. In Edmunds performance testing, a Soul! went from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds -- a strong time for this class. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23/28/25 with the automatic and 24/29/26 with the manual (or if equipped with the Eco package). All of the Soul's fuel economy estimates are better than other funky hatchbacks like the Nissan Cube and Scion xB, but fall a bit short of more conventional small hatchbacks.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for all 2013 Kia Soul models includes four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Hill-start assist is also now standard across the lineup.

In government crash tests, the Soul earned an overall score of four stars (out of five), with four stars for overall frontal impact protection and five stars for overall side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Soul its highest score of "Good" in its frontal offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Soul! came to a stop from 60 mph in 120 feet, which is a slightly shorter than average distance for this segment.

Interior Design and Special Features

Just because the 2013 Kia Soul is long on style doesn't mean it's short on practicality. With its modern look and pronounced center stack, the passenger cabin offers a nice balance between form and function. Quality materials and a useful amount of acoustic insulation help make the interior seem refined and relatively quiet, while details like the available two-tone houndstooth upholstery give the Soul more flair than similarly priced competitors.

Gauges and controls are logically located and intuitive to use, even when you take into account high-tech options like the voice-controlled Uvo infotainment system that allows you to control your cell phone, iPod and more with voice commands. The optional Infinity audio system's illuminated trim rings for the speakers flash to the beat of the music, and it's kind of fun.

One of the benefits of the Soul's boxy design is abundant head- and legroom, even in the backseat. Behind the rear seatbacks is 19 cubic feet of cargo room, which grows to 53 cubic feet with both sections of the 60/40-split rear seatbacks folded down. This is on par with many competitors, but those who need maximum schlepping capacity should consider the Scion xB's cavernous 70-cubic-foot cargo hold.

Driving Impressions

With plenty of power on tap, the 2013 Kia Soul is enjoyable around town and confident when merging onto a freeway. However, while there's ample power with the 1.6-liter engine, we still think most buyers will be happier with the gutsy 164-hp 2.0-liter, especially since the difference in fuel economy is so small. Both the six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are well-matched to either engine.

In terms of handling, the Soul doesn't offer the sort of zippy agility found in the Chevy Sonic or Ford Fiesta, but the Kia isn't a soft snooze-mobile like the Nissan Cube either. The steering has a reassuring weightiness to its effort level at highway speeds, while the response proves crisp and linear on a twisting road. The brake pedal has a reassuringly firm feel. The ride is a bit firm over bumps and ruts, especially on models fitted with the handsome 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels.

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Defrost
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Trip Computer
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • Bucket Seats
  • Cloth Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat

Tires & Wheels

  • Steel Wheels
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Wheel Covers

Value Added Features

  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • 1.6L DOHC GDI dual-CVVT 16-valve I4 engine -inc: variable intake system (VIS), aluminum block & head
  • 12V front pwr outlet
  • 15" x 6" steel wheels w/full covers
  • 195/65R15 tires
  • 4-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) -inc: electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)
  • 6-speed automatic transmission -inc: active eco system
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat -inc: adjustable head restraints for all positions
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: USB port, auxiliary input jack, (4) speakers
  • Audio remote control system
  • Battery saver
  • Bluetooth hands-free link -inc: steering wheel controls
  • Body-colored bumpers w/black tusks
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Body-colored mirrors
  • Chrome-accented front grille
  • Clear-lens multi-reflector headlamps
  • Cloth door panel trim
  • Cloth seat trim -inc: embossed knit fabric pattern
  • Dual front cup holders
  • Dual rear door map pockets

 

  • Dual sunvisors
  • Electric motor-driven pwr steering
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) w/vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • Fender-mounted side turn signals
  • Front bucket seats -inc: active adjustable headrests, 4-way driver seat adjustment, driver height adjustment
  • Front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Front vented/rear solid pwr disc brakes
  • Front wheel drive
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Front/rear side curtain airbags
  • Hill-start assist control (HAC)
  • Hood insulation
  • Illuminated glove box
  • Instrument panel storage bin
  • Instrumentation -inc: tachometer, outside temp display
  • LED rear high center stop lamp
  • Lighting -inc: cargo lamp, front & center dome lamps, delay-out
  • Locking fuel door w/remote cable release
  • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

 

  • Manual air conditioning
  • McPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, gas shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver 1-touch auto-down
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear windshield wiper w/washer
  • Roof antenna
  • Side-impact door beams
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Tire mobility kit
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Torsion beam axle rear suspension -inc: monotube shock absorbers
  • Trip computer
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/washers
  • Waistline molding w/fender garnish -inc: rear body-colored garnish

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