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January 3, 2023
Posted by Chloe Taylor

Is The 2023 Kia Soul A Reliable SUV?

The 2023 Kia Soul is an unconventional ride, as it features hamsters bopping out. While it’s true that the Soul looks like nothing else on the road, its boxy body hides a particularly practical cabin, with plenty room for both people and cargo despite its small footprint.

It’s also a great value, with a price tag that starts thousands less than rivals such as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Jeep Renegade, and Kia Seltos. It’s not the most exciting car to drive, but, it’s good enough

Its 147-hp four-cylinder only comes mated to a continuously-variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, but the Soul delivers a compliant ride and multiple virtues that make it pleasant to live with.

Engine & Performance

The only engine is a 147-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which comes paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. Almost all vehicles in the Kia lineup have the same engine.

The Soul feels peppy around town, and the CVT willingly selects lower gear ratios when you’re looking to pass someone. Handling isn’t particularly sharp but the Soul’s mission isn’t to carve corners like a sports car, after all. Most buyers will find the Soul to be a comfortable ride offering just enough character to avoid being bland.

Fuel Economy

The Soul carries an EPA rating as high as 35 mpg for highway driving and as low as 28 mpg in the city. That’s not bad for a seemingly non-aerodynamic box-on-wheels.

The Nissan Kicks and the Hyundai Venue, its key rivals, offer similar highway numbers, but both outshine the Kia in the city, achieving 31 and 30 mpg, respectively. In a 75-mph fuel-economy test, the Soul reached 30 mpg.


The Soul’s upright body provides a spacious interior with plenty of room for people and cargo. Kia’s designers have incorporated enough youthful cheekiness inside to match the Soul’s fashion-forward exterior, including textured door-panel inserts and colorful trim.

Other packages include ambient lighting, a smartphone charging pad, a head-up display, push-button ignition with keyless entry, and heating for the seats and steering wheel.

Also, Kia allows owners a certain amount of customization, with two-tone paint options and a plethora of interior color schemes. In the cargo area, the tall-roofed provides enough space for seven carry-on suitcases; with the rear seats folded, you can fit in upto 20 cases. The Venue, with its smaller hold and tighter rear seat space, carries just 4 suitcases behind the rear seat and 17 with the seats down.

Safety & Driver-Assistance Features

Kia provides a few standard driver-assistance technology on the base Soul, but there’s more available on the S model and above. Safety features to look out for are – Standard forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic high-beam headlamps.

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