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2011 Kia Soul Price, Review & Picture

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2011 Kia Soul Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, Minor changes come with the 2011 Soul: the exterior door handles are now the grip-type, plus on ! and sport models, heated side mirrors are available. Inside, rear-seat headrest height adjustment and illuminated window switches are standard, blue and green have been added to the speaker lights, and new options include automatic climate control, leather seats, cargo cover, and pushbutton start.

The Kia Soul was created so it could compete with the Scion xB and the Cube by Nissan. The Soul is much like the latter mentioned vehicles since it takes an econo vehicle core and houses it in a wild but awesome body. The Soul has a platform that stems from the Kia Rio. Its body styling was created by the designer Peter Schreyer. The latter designer also made the Audi TT and other popular cars.

The Soul combines the practical with the exotic. This car is sold with one of two motor, either of which are fuel efficient, the 1.6 liter inline four with 122 horsepower marred to a manual five speed or a 2.0 Liter inline four cylinder engine married to a manual five speed or automatic four speed tranny. The trims for the Soul are the !, the +, and the base along with the sport trim. The car is practical with stability control, traction control, and airbags. This car also has wild amenities like speakers that pulse with the beat, and a houndstooth interior design.

The Kia Soul is one of several cute econocars that have come to the market recently. Styling combines charm and character, which draws the eye of younger buyers, while not compromising safety or fuel economy. There are a lot of standard features, including power windows, air-conditioning, aux jack, and satellite-radio ready stereo. Optional cool items: cruise control, Bluetooth, leather seats, pushbutton start, houndstooth interior, and speakers that light up.

Even though the Soul isn’t all that heavy, the optional engine isn’t all that powerful — and that’s got 20 more horsepower than the smaller engine. With the 2.0-liter, the Soul reaches 60 in 8.3 seconds, and completes the quarter mile in 16.6 seconds at 82.6 mph. The Soul’s ride can be rough and the manual transmission is unrefined and vague. Dual front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags are standard. So are disc brakes with four-channel ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, and traction control.

Body styles: Four-door hatchback
Engines: 1.6L I-4, 2.0L I-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Models: Base, + (plus), ! (exclaim), sport

EPA Fuel Economy
Base: 26 mpg city/31 mpg highway
+, ! , sport: 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway

Price : $13,300 – $18,495

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