We all know Kia's TV commercials—hamsters dancing and driving Souls while popular songs like "Party Rock Anthem," "In My Mind" and "Choice is Yours" are playing in the background. But how many of you have actually driven or thought about getting a Soul? We wanted to see what all the buzz was about so we took a '13 model around for a week.
First, get it out of your head that you can make the car any faster than it is. It's an econobox that comes with a 138hp 1.6-liter or 164hp 2.0-liter. Both engines aren't going to win you any pink slips so we suggest going with the slower model and saving the money. The car is honestly built with the budget-conscious owner in mind. It's not quiet and the ride isn't smooth, but if you're driving from point A-to-B, you'll net about 25/30mpg and have plenty of room for your legs and groceries. If you'd be itching to modify the Soul, the most we'd do is lower it with a set of wheels. There are some factory options also like folding mirrors and LED running lights, but this car is really all about saving money and getting places reliably with its sub-$15k base price and a five-year warranty.