2013 Kia Soul Test Drive — The Gadgeteer

29 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2013 Kia Soul Test Drive — The Gadgeteer
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2013 Kia Soul Test

It#8217;s been almost a since my last test so I#8217;ve really been that new car smell. Lucky for me, I was an opportunity to do another test a couple weeks ago. time it was for a fully loaded Kia Soul.

It was delivered to me with a tank of gas, a quick of the important features and then the key fob was to me and I was on my own to drive it for a week. I#8217;ve curious about this ever since seeing cute hamster commercials on TV. So take it for a spin.

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Let me start out with a standard letting you know that will not be a technically detailed review like you might in a car magazine or see on a car show. I#8217;ll be and tell you that I don’t much about engines. I do to drive cars though, so I what I like and don’t about them. If you want a lot of about gas mileage, horsepower, and all that, you’re going to be in this article.

But if you want to what it feels like to sit in and the 2013 Kia Soul, this will provide that of info.

Style, fit and finish

Starting at a price of $14,400, Kia the Soul as an urban crossover otherwise known as a CUV. CUV for Crossover Utility Vehicle, is basically a vehicle that has built with a chassis and similar to a car instead of a truck. have some of the same and styling of an SUV (Sport Utility but tend to offer a more ride and better gas mileage due to lighter construction and smaller

Although the Kia Soul has been for a few years, I#8217;ve only started noticing them around town. The Soul is a boxy shaped car that small-ish on the outside, but feels on the inside. There are 3 trim with strange names Soul, Soul+ and Soul. I was the top end Soul. with a sticker of $23,575. Available in 8 colors; I was the Alien version to drive.

that#8217;s really the name of the which is a metallic green goes great with the grill and side moldings.

The offers some nice on the Soul! trim package large brake lights in the and turn signals on the side

The back hatch opens to a decent sized storage that can be enlarged further by down the back seats. My had an optional stretchy cargo net in the back that worked to keep my grocery bags sliding around. I need one of for my Mazda.

At a time when all but a couple / models of cars don#8217;t alike (and boring) to me, the Kia has a design that makes me a 2nd look. It#8217;s slightly but with enough curves to it a fresh style that it apart from similar CUVs like of the Scion models.

The 18#8243; with alloy wheels really nice. During my with this vehicle, I had a days of rainy driving in with normal dry days. The performed well on both dry and wet

I had no problems with sliding or tires, which I sometimes with the low profile tires on my

With 4 doors, the Soul can seat 5 passengers, 2 in the front and 3 in the The bench style seat in the provides room to spread out and ample knee clearance unless you#8217;re 6 ft tall or

The loaner vehicle provided to me had the package which includes seats (the front 2 are I find leather seats to slightly hard on my tush, so I probably not pay extra for them if I buying this car#8230; but just me. That said, heated seats is a real on freezing mornings.

Tech and whistles

As mentioned, my Soul! came the premium package that all the tech goodies that a like me would love to in a vehicle#8230; especially since my Mazda 3 has almost no tech mentioning (sigh).

This car has a button start with the Smart Key. That that you don#8217;t have to a button on your key fob to open locked doors. With Keyless Entry, as long as the fob is on person, when you walk up to the you can just touch the handle and it will unlock. The same for starting the car. As long as you the fob with you, you only to press the brake pedal and press the start button.

You have to insert the key in the ignition.

The comes standard with windows and locks and has all the normal built into the door to them and the adjustable mirrors. The top end also includes dual folding side mirrors, are handy when trying tight parking spaces.

The wheel controls and dash are laid out well and easy to in daylight and night time. The dash feature that I had with was the odometer, which has red on a black background. I had problems it in daylight, but it was fine at night.

The has 2 large cup holders in the center between the two front seats. I sure if they could 2 McDonald#8217;s large sized but I#8217;m happy to report they do. It#8217;s always to know your car#8217;s storage capacity.

My 2 favorite tech features of the Kia are the auto climate control and the radio with built-in and backup camera. I like you can set the temperature that you want for the and the car will use the heater or AC to give you you want.

I was able to easily my phone via Bluetooth, for great calling. Controls located on the steering wheel allow for phone interaction. The SiriusXM automatically paused and resumed incoming calls.

I also the HD radio features for listening to old local FM radio. Depending on the the artist and song title displayed on the LCD. If you#8217;re not in any type of radio, there#8217;s was a CD and an iPod/iPhone connection#8230;.

30pin though, not a lightning connector.

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up front were two 12V power which are always handy.

The touch screen was easy to see in bright sun and at night.

The rear automatically displays when you put the car in I would really love a camera for my car. They are so for backing up in tight areas.

those hamster commercials TV? Well, you can have your own in the Kia Soul with its built in cycling LEDs around the speakers. You can set the LEDs to cycle or slow, or you can have the colors to the beat of the music playing on the

This is a fun feature, but I did find it a distracting while driving at which is probably the only you#8217;d want to use it since not easy to see the colors in broad I played with it for awhile, but bored with it quickly. drivers will like

Behind the wheel

First of it#8217;s comforting to know the Kia Soul has been an IIHS Top Pick in the past. The Soul dual front advanced front seat mounted airbags and full length side curtain airbags. It also has brakes, traction control and stability management.

The Soul! to me had a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine a 6 speed automatic transmission w/ Eco system. My eyes just over#8230; More important to me is economy. The Soul has a 25MPG (23 / 28 highway) rating which is slightly less than for its size.

I wasn#8217;t able to test this with a few days of driving though.

been driving a 2006 3 5 door for almost 7 years It#8217;s a very zippy so I tend to compare its zoom ability to all the other cars I The Soul looks like it be a little jack rabbit on the but it#8217;s not quite that That said, compared to my half#8217;s larger Kia Sorento the Soul was very nimble and But compared to my Mazda, it felt a sluggish on initial acceleration.

I really only noticed when pulling out on the highway and to quickly get up to 60MPH. Once up to I had no complaints, and driving it around at lower speeds was perfectly

The same goes for handling, and braking. You know how some new feel weird when you them, like the car has the control, not This wasn#8217;t the case the Kia.

It immediately felt and comfortable and safe to drive.

The was fun to drive on the interstate, highway, rural country roads, roads and city streets. If it just a little zippier, add the Kia Soul to my very short list of potential next But as is, I think the Kia Soul is a very CUV that offers a good for your dollar while safe and fun to drive.

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