2012 Kia Soul

2012 Kia Soul – Car Review by Lauren Fix

The 2012 Kia Soul introduces hipster styling that’s fun-to-drive, all in a practical hatchback. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, takes a closer look.

Make/Model – 2012 KIA Soul

MPG – 27/35 mpg
Engine –
•1.6L GDI – advanced, efficient, powerful, durable engine – 138 hp.
•2.0-liter in-line 4 cylinder, 164 hp.
Price – starts at $13,900 up to $19,600.

Standard/ Options:

•iPod input
•Satellite radio
•Side/Curtain Airbags
•Stability and Traction Control
•Low-rolling-resistance tires for better fuel economy
•Active head restraints for front seats
•Optional UVO infotainment system

The 2012 KIA Soul has an attitude that states “it’s about me and my friends.” It offers a unique look and a good value, a great sound system with optional backlit speakers, tight handling, and is easy to park. This is the perfect car for a new driver; its got “Soul” and stands out in the crowd.

Kia’s Soul is a blend of style and practicality. Besides an affordable price tag, the Kia Soul comes with a long list of standard available features, a 10 year/ 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and “Idle stop and go” (ISG) technology.

ISG improves fuel economy by turnin on and off the engine. When you stop, it stops, when you go, it goes- seamlessly. The ISG feature will further improve the Soul’s fuel efficiency numbers.

Competes with:

•Chevrolet Sonic
•Ford Fiesta
•Hyundai Accent
•Mini Cooper Clubman
•Mazda 2
•Nissan Versa
•Scion xD
•Toyota Yaris


•Plenty of available features
•Top crash scores
•User-friendly interior controls
•UVO infotainment system
•Plenty of passenger legroom
•Unique styling
•Affordable price tag
•Long warranty


•Limited cargo room in trunk area
•Noisy on highway ride at high speeds.

The new 2012 KIA Soul is big on fuel economy, safety, technology, and affordability, all with a long warranty and unique design.

Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.


Courtesy of YNN/ Time Warner Cable
Aired: 2/02/2012

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