2013 Kia Soul #Review


Kia Soul

Kia Soul

2013 Kia Soul


So when I say 2013 Kia Soul, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  Well, I don’t know about you, but I think of a hamster driving around in it to toe tapping music.  I had the pleasure of driving around in it for a week and I sad to see it go.

The 2013 Kia Soul has an Overall Safety Rating of 4 Stars.  It has 4 stars for frontal crash, 5 stars for side crash and 4 stars for a rollover.  These are all extremely well scores, especially for a vehicle that is very affordable.   It comes with Dual Front Advanced Airbags, Full Length Side Curtain Airbags, Dual Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags, Front Active Headrests, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children and Front and Rear 3 Point Seat Belts.  All these are excellent features to help keep your family safe.

It has a kind of boxy look to it but it’s very sleek and stylish.  It comes with a Chrome Gas Door, 18″ Tires with Alloy Wheels, Fog Lights, Led Positioning Lights and Tail Lights.

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The 2013 Kia Soul doesn’t look very big on the outside but it is extremely roomy on the inside.  The outside dimensions are 162.2 inches long, 70.3 inches wide and 63.4 inches wide.  On the inside you have for headroom – 40.2 front/39.6 back, legroom – 42.1 front/ 39 back.  I am 6 ft. tall and had still had tons of room to move around.  I was really impressed with the cargo space.  It has 23.7 cu. ft w/o the cargo tray and 53.4 with the rear seat down.

The 60/40 Solit Folding Rear Seats gives you the option to haul pretty much anything of good size.  It’s also great if you have a dog because there is plenty of room for them to move around and even lay down.


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Now, I was glad to have this car this past week because it has heated seats.  I know, I live in Florida but this weekend we were down in the 30’s.  And when you have been in Florida as long as we have, we are freezing at 55 degrees.  The outside heated mirrors are also a nice plus for them snow covered days.  The two tone leather seats are a very nice option also.  It gives the vehicle that a rich look and feel.

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The fuel economy is rated at 23 City and 28 Highway.  I was getting 26.3 average and that was mostly city driving for a total of 217.8 miles.  And I could still drive another 85 miles.  I can only imagine the mileage I would have gotten if I took it on the highway.  The Kia Soul is a great car for just bombing around and also if you were going on a long trip.  I have been in a lot of vehicles where I have to keep readjusting myself because I am not comfortable.  I didn’t have to do any of that in the Kia Soul.  I found it to be very comfortable.


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The Navigation is an option but I think it’s well worth it.  We have had navigation in many of our vehicles and even a portable navigation system where you had to upgrade the maps yearly and use a CD.  The Kia Soul Navigation does not need a CD and automatically updates.  The backup camera is great and will alert you to anything or anyone behind the vehicle.  There might not be someone there when you get in the vehicle, but by the time you are ready to back up they might be present.  It only takes the neighbor kids a couple seconds to come scooting down the sidewalk on their bikes.

The vehicle has climate control that be adjusted to each front passenger.  It also includes the Infinity Audio Entertainment System which has AM/FM/CD/MP3 which is standard.  It has USB and Auxiliary jacks with the cord to plug your iPhone right in.


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There is plenty of storage space with 2 glove boxes, one on the dash and the other in the center console.  The rear view mirror has auto dimming and also sports the compass.

The Kia Soul comes standard with Power Windows and Door Locks, Floor Mats, Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel and Gearshift Knob, Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column, Multi Adjustable Front Seats, Air Conditioning and so much more.


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On the exterior of the 2013 Kia Soul, you have Heated Power Folding Mirrors w/ Turn Signal Indicators, Privacy Glass, Push Button Entry and LED Parking Lights.  The Kia Soul comes in a 1.6- and 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines.  It has a standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional six-speed automatic.  This particular model had the 2.0 automatic with Eco Active System and  I thought it had great pickup and did not feel sluggish at all.


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The Soul has a Power Tilt/Slide Sunroof with a cover so the sun doesn’t beat down on you.  This particular model had the Push Button Start with Smart Key so you don’t even need to take the key out of your pocket or purse.  I really like that.  It makes getting in and out so much easier.


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One of my favorite things on the vehicle is the mood lighting on the front speakers.  You can turn it off, turn it to the beat of the music or have it set so it rotates through all the different colors (my favorite).

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The 2013 Kia Soul has received the Award for the 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick, Consumers Digest named the 2013 Kia Soul a Best Buy and NHTSA 5 Star Side Impact Crash Rating.

It comes with a 10 Year/100,000 Mile Limited Power train Warranty, 5 Year/60,000 Mile Limited Basic Warranty and 5 Year/60,000 Mile Roadside Assistance.  The 2013 Kia Soul starts at 23,150 and can be found at a Kia Dealer near you.

You can read my reviews for the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and the 2013 Kia Sorento SX.  You can find Kia Motors on Twitter

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I would like to thank Kia Motors who provided me with this vehicle for an honest review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review if I so chose.  Regardless all opinions expressed are 100% my own and may differ from yours.  I only recommend items I would personally use and would benefit my readers.

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  1. Denise Smith says:

    i have always wanted one of these cars

  2. Anonymous says:

    Muchos Gracias for your blog post. Keep writing.

  3. Lots of room inside. I love it.

  4. md kennedy says:

    Adorable, funky car. Looks like it has every feature you could need and then a few more toys. And I love the space!

  5. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Sherryl WIlson says:

    Never would have thought this was such a multi-purpose vehicle. We were thinking about renting one for vacation this year… I think we just might after reading this review. Thanks so much.

  7. ashley seeley says:

    omg i want that car sooo bad!!!

  8. Rachel Ellis says:

    Great review! It is so much more roomier on the inside than I expected!

  9. Maria Iemma says:

    I like the look of the car and really appreciate the roominess of the trunk. We carry so much stuff all the time…

  10. Hilary says:

    Great review, thanks!

  11. I’m really loving the Kia vehicles.
    I love this red color but gosh I did not know it had so many great safety features!
    I want a Kia!

  12. Wanda Bergman says:

    I really love the boxy look of this car. Thanks for such an informative review.

  13. Mrs. Ransome says:

    Kias certainly seems to have come a long way in the last several yours. I particularly like the back up camera feature. Invaluable. In my opinion, especially in households with small children.

  14. martha says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a cute car, would be STYLING n ZIPPING around town n looking like a COOL FUN PERSON with a dependable gas saving roomy HIT of the TOWN CAR…..LIKING THE VEHICLE ,,THANKS

  15. ne-knopka says:

    Cute car!

  16. Cindy S. says:

    This car has a fun and funky look!

  17. rabia says:

    Love this colour…great car!

  18. Megan Parsons says:

    I bet that was awesome to review! I bet it had that awesome new car smell!!!

  19. laurie damrose says:

    We have a Kia Rio and we will replace it with possibly the Soul.

  20. This looks like a fun car to drive!

  21. Nena Sinclair says:

    A great car for the price and great safety record! My friend drives a Kia Soul and it is so much more roomy inside than you’d think, judging from the outside! It’s a very nice car!

  22. Great review! I will be buying a new (4-door, hatchback) car this year. The Kia Soul is on my shortlist. I love the look of it!

  23. Holly says:

    I’d love to test drive this, its very unique.

  24. I loved my Kia. Thanks for the review, has me thinking I need another one.

  25. Ashley Morrissey says:

    So, where’s the giveaway for this one? Sign me up! Lol! This looks great though, seriously.

  26. Denise Smith says:

    lov ethe color and all the features on it wow

  27. ne-knopka says:

    I love it ! Cute

  28. Lanie says:

    Wow I love it. I always see the commercials with the Hamsters and it makes me want to drive one. i didnt know they had so many neat features! The exterior is really nice as well. It looks like a cute little car with a lot of bang for your buck!

  29. Jessica Snow says:

    This is such a great vehicle! I didn’t realize how much room it had until you showed the pictures. My husband and I love the commercials with the hamsters riding around in it. It makes my day every time I see the one wink. 😉 We’re in the market for a vehicle so this might be right up our alley. Thanks for reviewing this. =)

  30. Cynamon Yarborough says:

    I see why the mouses in the camercial in this car like ride in it. they was jammin music too. lol.

  31. Jessica Edwards says:

    Not real wild about the boxy look but i love all of the features it comes with. didn’t know it was stow n go.

  32. Donna George says:

    I love the features, but not the look. Reminds me of an old Volkswagon.

  33. D SCHMIDT says:

    I really like the design of this vehicle, I need something bigger for my two young sons and their ‘accessories’ and this looks perfect. Thank you for all the pictures in your review, they are incredibly helpful.

  34. Ashley Chassereau Parks says:

    I think about the hamster driving around in it too!! haha! I love the rear/ back-up camera… what a nice gadget to have with kids around!

  35. krystel says:

    i loved the review

  36. What a funky looking car!

  37. Robert KabirClark says:

    I love how much space it has inside

  38. NIcole Strunk says:

    Still not sure how I feel about the design of the Soul. I love the space and organization features inside the car though. I had a 07 Kia Rondo that was a great basic car. I would happily own another Kia. Maybe even a Soul. The mood lighting on the speakers is pretty nifty although unnecessary, I feel that it is a feature that makes this car unique.

  39. Katharine Davis says:

    It is really not attractive on the outside, but I find all of that interior room very attractive.

  40. Karen Glatt says:

    I want one of these Kia Souls after reading this review. I know that they are really good cars and the warranty is great, I like the color of this Kia and I like all the room that you have with the Kia Soul. Very reliable car!

  41. Kelly R. says:

    Really cute car, love the “mood lighting” feature. I need a care that is better on gas mileage. Thanks for sharing.

  42. MADDIE K says:

    I know a lot of folks who love the Kia soul, but I just cannot get past the boxiness of it. Just not my favorite. Nice review though.

    • That seems to be a problem for most people. Not as boxy as some of the other cars I have seen though

  43. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    So i drove a KIA the first time last year and i cant remember the make or such but it was like driving air it was so quiet and seemed to glide when i drove it..it was my husbands grandfathers car and i hated giving it back lol

  44. Very helpful review 🙂

  45. Brianne says:

    What a cute car! I LOVE the idea of mood lighting speakers 🙂 How neat! Thanks for sharing.

  46. Cassie says:

    I really like how the seats fold flat like that.

    Looks like a roomy car when you show the inside pics. I would never guess that from the outside.

  47. It must be fun to test drive a car for a weeks or so. Too bad you have to return it.

  48. John Ruiz says:

    What a unique design! I thought Kia was losing on its innovation.

  49. Exterior models is not really attractive, especially from behind, but the interior is look good.

  50. Christina Kelbel says:

    I must say I love those commercials but I don’t care for the look of the car, too boxy.

  51. Tiffany Winner says:

    its such a cute car

  52. Lenora D says:

    Really thorough review. These are so cute.

  53. I don’t know, I am a really big girl and I thought there was quite a bit of room

  54. Casey M says:

    I think these are so cute! I would love to have one!

  55. this car just looks a little too box-y for me :/

  56. Crystal @ Color Me Crystal says:

    Great review!! I wish the Soul was just a bit bigger. We rescue Great Danes and this would be a great car for that, with just a little more room. But I love everything else about it!

    • Wow, you need something way bigger that then, lol. That is awesome. I love dogs and I told my husband that is what I want to do when my Chalupa is gone. She is 13 so not sure how much longer she will be with us. 🙁

  57. natalie nichols says:

    I love all that extra room!

  58. Tonya B says:

    I have several family members that have owned Kias. Let’s just say, it looks like Kia has come a very long way in the right direction!

  59. Great features, great review. Love the mileage and the warranty!

  60. Christina Kelbel says:

    I like the ammenities just not sure how esthetically pleasing it is to me yet.

  61. How fun! I would totally love to review a Kia! Nice!

  62. Awesome review! Very complete and full of info! This is actually a very nice car, something to consider if looking to get a new car.

  63. Too bad we already have a new daily driver, but in a few years I would so love this car. Look at that glorious screen! Is it easy to see out of those back windows?

  64. Stacey Cockrell says:

    Cute car! Love the room inside.

  65. Diane @ Me, Him And The Cats says:

    When they first came out, I wasn’t that keen on the shape of the car but a few people at work have these cars and they are growing on me! I love all the features!

  66. Chelsea says:

    Great info! I love the usb port they have now!

  67. Nicole Becker says:

    This car is soooooo cute and soooooooo affordable!! Looking into this for sure!!

    • That’s the best part, affordable and helping you save even more with the gas mileage. AND it has a 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty. You can’t beat that.

  68. I never thought about this car before but it has much more to offer then I thought before.

  69. Megan Blumenthal says:

    I love the interior! Thanks for sharing. I never would have thought it was so nice inside.

  70. I’ve never really like cars that are boxy like that but wow that is a really nice car with TONS of great features.

  71. Amanda Greene-Lebeck says:

    this car is so much bigger than the picture makes it look. I love the sleek look of the interior, as well as the exterior. We are going to be buying a new car in a year or so, I might have to check into this 🙂

    • The Kia has come a long way since it started. So much better now and the gas mileage is unbelievable. The Kia Optima Hybrid, I got 42.5 miles per gallon with that one. We get 11 with our car. 🙁

  72. laurie damrose says:

    We have a Kia Rio for over 10 years.They are great cars with minimal problems,I would look into getting this for our next car.

  73. That mood lighting is awesome! I have never even driven a Kia – would love to now, if they are all that cool!


  74. Andrew L. says:

    My aunt just purchased one of these and she loves it. It’s much roomier then it looks and really a nice ride.

  75. sam dock says:

    What a cute car. Im really impressed with all the rear cargo space too

  76. Susan Alban says:

    What a cute little funny car! I could do without the light show inside!

    • You can turn it off if you don’t like it and I’m sure there is quite a few people that wouldn’t.

  77. illy junus says:

    i love KIA, we have KIA Rio now, but i’m actually loves KIA Soul, thank you for the review

  78. nicole w says:

    this car is so cute. I think I’ll need to check one out myself!