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2014 Kia Soul

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Vital Stats

Engine:
2.0L I4
Power:
164 HP / 151 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Automatic
Base Price:
$14,700
As-Tested Price:
$26,795 (est)
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    Report: New car shoppers less willing to consider Hyundai, Kia after mileage overstatement
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    Summarizing the results of research carried out by Edmunds, Reuters reports that consumers' are less inclined to purchase cars from Hyundai and Kia due to the company's recent snafu over inflated mileage claims. The Edmunds metric of "purchase intent" declined by 1.9 percent for the Kia Soul (pictured), meaning that the largest drop in consideration ...

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    SEMA: Kia transforms five Justice League inspired models for Heroes charity
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    Following up on the dark and sinister Batman Optima that we saw revealed in New York City a while back, Kia has come to SEMA with a selection of super hero-inspired cars for your viewing pleasure. DC Entertainment has offered up its well known Justice League cast of characters for Kia-fication. Flash has lent his livery to a Kia Forte Koup, Green Lantern ...

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    Report: Kia Soul EV to finally arrive in 2014
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    With the 2014 Soul still in the testing phase, it sounds like Kia is planning to add an all-electric variant to its quirky hatchback's lineup. There aren't any solid details about the Kia Soul EV, but Autocar is reporting that the Korean automaker has confirmed this information and test mules have already been spotted near the company's Russelsheim, ...

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    Quick Spin: 2013 Kia Soul ! 2.0L
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    Now that I really think about it, it turns out I actually know quite a few Kia Soul owners. Three of my friends have them, a friend's mom just bought one, and even my building's maintenance guy has one. Every time I talk to any of these people, they make a point of telling me just how much they enjoy owning a Soul and how the quirky Kia is just about ...

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    Video: Kia Hamsters return for party at the opera
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    As promised, the Kia Hamsters have returned for yet another volley of advertisements to show off the Soul. We've seen the rodents play roles in some fairly strange situations in the past, but the newest clip takes top honors in that department. The ad is set in an 18th-century opera house and takes place during a ballet. It doesn't take long for the ...

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    Spy Shots: Kia readying GT and convertible Soul models?
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    Be it the upright seating arrangement, the utility in a compact package, or just buyers captivated by dancing hamsters, the Kia Soul has proven to be one of the Korean automaker's best-selling models. Its popularity has driven Kia to renew the funky hatch for the 2014 model year, perhaps with some unexpected variants. The sleuths at CarPix have nabbed ...

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    Spy Shots: 2014 Kia Soul prototype snapped testing
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    The redesigned 2014 Kia Soul has been snapped testing in the desert and its apparent that there will be plenty of changes both outside and inside. As you can see, the high-riding, abruptly angled profile will remain intact, as the redesign will be more of an evolution of the current hamster-hauler. Through the heavy cladding, there is evidence of major ...

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    Report: Kia hamsters ready to return for new batch of Soul ads
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    We certainly hope you like seeing hamsters during your commercial breaks. Kia is readying a new volley of ads for the 2013 Soul featuring the fuzzy little rodents doing what they do best, according to Automotive News. This will mark the fourth generation of Kia hamster ads, and the clever spots have been big for both the budget hatchback and the ...

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    Review: 2012 Kia Soul 1.6L Eco
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    Proving "Base" Means Anything But These Days The Soul is an unqualified hit. Sales of this playful econobox have increased year-over-year since it was introduced in 2009 as a 2010 model, with over 100,000 people bringing one home last year alone. In fact, the Soul was Kia's second-best-selling model in 2011 behind the Sorento, beating out the critically ...

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    Video: How Kia built its show-stopping Track'ster concept
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    We'll admit it: We're totally smitten with the Kia Track'ster Concept that debuted at last week's Chicago Auto Show. And it's not just because we like the idea of a 250-horsepower, all-wheel-drive hot hatch from Korea, it's because this concept shows bits and pieces of what the next-generation Soul could look like, including a possible three-door ...

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    Official: Kia's Red Rock Special Edition Soul hits showrooms
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    The Soul has been a success for Kia, and a big part of that comes down to style. It's something which the Korean automaker has cultivated with a series of special editions, and this is the brand's latest. First previewed at the New York Auto Show last year, the Red Rock Special Edition has now been confirmed for production and is available to order. ...

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    Exclusive: Kia Track'ster unlikely for production, but hints at next-generation Soul "family"
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    Expect the next Soul to look something like the Track'ster, with Kia deploying more than one variant. Kia's Track'ster Concept is one of the big hits of the Chicago Auto Show, one of the rare concepts that just screams, "Build me!" But after a thorough interrogation of Kia's PR team and an interview with design chief Peter Schreyer, we realize ...

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    Teased: Kia renders Track'ster concept for Chicago
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    Things are shaping up nicely for next week's Chicago Auto Show, key among them this new Kia concept called Track'ster. Riffing on the Korean automaker's hit Soul compact, the Track'ster keeps much of the small car's boxy style, but turns the wick up considerably by scrubbing the rear doors, fitting a gaping front end, substituting massive showcar wheels ...

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    Report: Kia start/stop system delayed due to poor feedback from media
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    The come-hither 2012 Kia Rio has been bolting off dealer lots for obvious reasons that go beyond its $14,350 price. One of its noteworthy features for the U.S. market, especially for the segment, is stop/start, which Kia calls ISG for Idle, Stop & Go. Media feedback, however, has convinced Kia that ISG is not quite ready for prime time, so it's been ...

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    Kia Soul
    Official: Ward's releases annual 10 Best Engines list
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    It's that time of year, folks. No, we're not referring to the oodles of time spent shopping for the holidays, we're talking about end-of-the-year lists. Kicking things off in the automotive spectrum is industry stalwart Ward's Auto, which has just released its annual 10 Best Engines list. Without further ado, here are the award-winners for ...

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    Cruze, Soul and Wrangler among America's 25 Hottest Products for 2011
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    If you ask us, this 25 Hottest Products for 2011 list in Advertising Age isn't exactly packed with automotive excitement. But with Dove soap, Malt-O-Meal, and Goldfish crackers also claiming spots, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that it's a Chevrolet Cruze, rather than a Camaro headlining the "America's Hottest Brands" issue. Besides the Cruze, the ...

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    AdSpotting: Kia and LMFAO introduce new Soul
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    Company: Kia Motors America Brand: Kia Medium: TV, In-Cinema, Social Media Ad Agency: David&Goliath Product: 2012 Kia Soul Campaign: "Share Some Soul" What We Like: There's no denying that consumers associate the Hamstars with Kia and the Soul. Even if you came upon this commercial part of the way through and saw a giant dancing hamster in ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Kia Soul [w/video]
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    Front Runner Improves On All Fronts The Kia Soul certainly didn't need a refresh. With more than 10,000 units flying out of showrooms each month and a growing list of awards and accolades under its belt, the Korean automaker's boxiest compact is a success story regardless of the angle. Yet, after just two model years, Kia has invested significantly in ...

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    2012 Kia Soul priced under $14,000, start/stop coming later in year
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    The Kia Soul, otherwise known as Korea's answer to the Scion xB and Nissan Cube, has sold 65,118 units so far this year, close to twice as many as last year, and is now consistently racking up sales every month of over 10,000 units. The refreshed 2012 model will throw gasoline on the fire with updated engines, styling tweaks and new infotainment options, ...

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    Official: Kia prices 2011 Soul Hamstar special edition at $20,295*
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    You can get with this... for $20,295. Kia has officially announced that you'll need that much dough (*plus $695 for delivery) if you want to purchase a 2011 Soul Hamstar special edition. An ode to the award-winning hip-hop hamsters seen in Kia commercials, the four-speed auto-equipped Hamstar becomes the sixth special edition Soul that Kia has offered up ...

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