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2014 Kia Soul

Rounding Out The Market's Best Box As a car critic, you can tell a lot about a new car just by looking at a map. That's because more often than not, the geography of where a vehicle is initially launched will tell you a surprising amount about how the automaker feels about its new baby. Manufacturers want their models to be shown in the best light – dynamically and socially – so they put a lot of thought into where they first let members of the media slip behind the wheel. Luxury cars nestle up closely to swank hotels in the globe's trendiest locales, high-performance cars... Read More

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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    Kia Soul EV 'won't be priced to stimulate demand'
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    Anyone waiting for sales of the Kia Soul EV to set the human and hamster worlds on fire, here's a chill pill. Autocar (via EV World) is reporting that, in the UK at least, the all-electric hatch "won't be priced to stimulate demand." What that means, exactly, we don't know, but we assume it means the Soul EV won't be sporting any $199 lease price tags any ...

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    Official: Kia confirms Soul EV headed to US, cue the electric hamsters
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    Kia has been toying with the notion of an electric vehicle for years now. In the two years since the Korean automaker revealed the Ray EV concept, rumors of a battery-powered production vehicle have persisted, evidenced most recently by spy shots showing an electric version of the Soul hatchback this past July. Now Kia has officially announced that the ...

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    Frankfurt: 2014 Kia Soul SUV Styling Pack adds some aggression
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    Last month, Kia released a few photos of the European-market 2014 Soul ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show reveal, and we happened to notice that the hamster box looked a bit different – a bit tougher. That's because Kia is adding an SUV Styling Pack to the car's options list, which includes the blacked-out lower fascias, wheel arches, side skirts and ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Kia Soul
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    Rounding Out The Market's Best Box As a car critic, you can tell a lot about a new car just by looking at a map. That's because more often than not, the geography of where a vehicle is initially launched will tell you a surprising amount about how the automaker feels about its new baby. Manufacturers want their models to be shown in the best light ...

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    Exclusive: Kia Track'ster still on table, Soul turbo possible
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    The Soul is a massive success – no news there. We've just finished up in San Diego at the launch of the 2014 Kia Soul (sit tight for our First Drive next week), and we've learned a few things about the Korean automaker's box-car future. In the main, the Soul is a massive success – no news there – with Kia officials telling us that ...

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    Official: 2014 Kia Soul priced from $14,700*
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    Kia has announced pricing on the refreshed all-new 2014 Soul. At $14,700 (*plus a destination charge of $795), the funky box undercuts its two primary competitors, the Scion xB and Nissan Cube, by $2,850 and $2,060, respectively. That base model is available with 16-inch alloys, cruise control and wheel-mounted audio controls, and it comes with a ...

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    Official: 2014 Kia Soul to get quasi-SUV look for Europe [w/poll]
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    The 2014 Soul is bigger and more refined, and Kia says its look has been inspired in part by the Track'ster concept. Interestingly, European buyers will get the option of a different look than what we'll see in our showrooms. They'll be able to specify the SUV Styling Pack seen here, which includes matte-black cladding on the front and rear fascias, along ...

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    Video: 2014 Kia Soul gets new 'Totally Transformed' hamster commercial
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    The lovable, anthropomorphic hamsters from Kia are known for electronic dance music, head bopping, and of course, a certain funktastic Korean box-on-wheels. With a new Soul on the way, the adorable rodents need to be ready to appear alongside the resculpted crossover. Only one thing could get them ready in time - cue the training montage. The commercial, ...

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    Report: Kia Soul to get AWD?
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    The funky Kia Soul is one of the three affordable, efficient and style-first boxes on sale today (along with the Scion xB and Nissan Cube). Like its competition, it sits atop a front-drive platform with a longitudinally mounted four-cylinder engine. It's a dandy car in this setup, but it sounds like Kia may be looking to differentiate the Soul from the ...

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    Spy Shots: Rumored Kia Soul EV spied for the first time
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    Up until now, we've only heard rumors about an all-electric version of the second-generation Kia Soul, but these spy shots seem to confirm that the Korean automaker is developing a zero-emission version of its quirky little box-back. Our most recent report has the Kia EV showing up in the first half of next year (likely for MY 2015) with a starting price ...

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    Kia Soul EV might cost $35,000, have a range of 120 miles
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    With company cousin Hyundai busy working on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Kia has said it will bring a battery-powered EV to market some time in 2014. We've seen the Ray EV (above), but that was a limited-run production vehicle destined for fleets in Korea. The follow-up is the electrified Soul, and if you're looking for some completely unverified rumors ...

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    Recalls: Hyundai and Kia recalling 1.6M more models for faulty brake switch
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    In what is likely the largest recall campaign for Hyundai and Kia, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of more than 1.6 million models due to a faulty brake switch. This is in addition to almost 700,000 Hyundai and Kia models recalled for the same problem back in 2009. In more than 620,000 Kia models and 1 million ...

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    New York: 2014 Kia Soul totally redesigned, now bigger and more refined
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    The 2014 Kia Soul has been unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, and the all-new five-door box-on-wheels offers up nearly an extra inch of wheelbase and a track that's wider by .6 inches. The changes offer up a bit more space indoors, and since overall height has remained the same, the Soul now looks a bit less top heavy than before. A wider rear hatch ...

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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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