Friday, April 3, 2009

Miami gets Soul

We got a chance to check out the all new Kia Soul compact wagon in Miami recently.
We felt really lucky to be on the Soul patrol, because this car is something special. 
It gives Kia's lineup a little bit of attitude, and will compete with the Scion xB and the new Nissan Cube.
It has a sharp interior, a boxy but stylish exterior, is fun to drive, and offers plenty of safety features.
Two engines and two transmissions give buyers of the Soul some good choices to meet their driving needs. 
The base Soul has a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine that makes 122 horsepower and 115 pounds-feet of torque. 
That engine comes linked to a five-speed manual transmission, and gets 26 mpg city, 31 highway.
Kia expects the bigger seller to be the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 142 horsepower and 137 pounds-feet. 
This one get 24 and 30 mpg.
The Soul starts at $13,300 for the base model. The Soul + goes for $14,950 and the higher level Soul! goes for $16,950, as does the Soul Sport.
Miami was the perfect locale for showing off the Soul, too, because this is a car that will attract plenty of attention. And what better place to get some attention than South Beach?
We'll have more on the Soul later.


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