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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.