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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: Kia Soul Hamstar edition rolling onto dealer lots this spring
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    The Kia Soul and special editions go together like hip-hop and hamsters. That is to say, some people love them and other folks might have heard enough of this, and heard enough of that. Regardless, the Soul is getting another special edition, and this time around it's the Hamstars that are getting the attention. We saw the concept version of the Kia ...

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    New York 2011: Kia updates 2012 Soul with new engines, transmissions and style
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    Kia has introduced the updated 2012 Soul at the 2011 New York Auto Show. The quirky box has received a slew of styling updates both inside and out alongside a number of mechanical improvements designed to give the vehicle a little extra power and fuel efficiency, to boot. Up front, the Soul gains projection-beam headlights accented with LED daytime ...

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    Kia Hampsters win Nielsen's Top Auto Ad Award for second year in a row
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    Kia has taken home the top honors in the Nielsen Automotive Ad of the Year awards for the second year in a row. The company's troupe of dancing hamsters managed to make the biggest impression on viewers in the "A New Way To Roll" spot in 2009 and the rodents managed to pull off a similar stunt in 2010 with the automaker's "This or That" ad. Nielsen ...

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    Refreshed 2012 Kia Soul to bow at New York Auto Show
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    According to a newsletter sent out by the New York Auto Show organizers, Kia will debut its refreshed 2012 Soul hatchback as part of next week's festivities. In addition to a slightly revised front fascia complete with LED running lamps, the funky hatch will receive a number of powertrain enhancements for the 2012 model year. Most significantly, the ...

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    Rumormill: Kia planning Mazda MX-5 fighter, all-wheel-drive Soul
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    Kia is seriously considering adding a two-seat droptop along the lines of Mazda's MX-5 to its portfolio. European CEO Paul Philpott has stated that the automaker will expand and enhance its volume offerings during 2011 and 2012, but that a roadster could be in the cards shortly thereafter. Philpott is not alone in his desires for a Kia sports car. Peter ...

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    Spy Shots: Facelifted Kia Soul hanging out in the cold
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    Kia is hard at work crafting an update to its funky little Soul. Our spy photographers in Germany have spotted a camo-clad example hiding an updated look. Kia evidently plans on keeping up with current automotive trends, so the next-generation Soul will wear LED running lights (which are hiding beneath the amber stripes in the above photo) and sport ...

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    SEMA 2010: Kia Soul puts on its White Tiger and Hamstar costumes
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    Since its debut, we've seen a rash of special edition Kia Souls, and the autoamker hasn't held back from creating two more just for this year's SEMA show: the Hamstar and White Tiger Concepts. The White Tiger is planned for a 2011 model year run, and its white skin will flaunt tiger-themed graphics like a cat claw on the hatch and stripes along the ...

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    Kia rolls out ethanol-gasoline powered Soul Flex
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    The latest version of the Kia Soul, unveiled just days ago in Brazil, adds even more flexibility to the mix. Appropriately called the Soul Flex, this vehicle's ability to run on any ethanol-gasoline mixture, be it 100 percent gasoline or straight ethanol, is its main draw. Kia claims that the Soul Flex is the first Korean model to offer this sort of ...

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    Spy Shots: Kia readying Soul, Tiger Edition?
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    User AiboPet over at the SoulHamsters forum happened upon one very interesting Kia Soul Sport while cruising the Kia North America fleet lot recently. The boxy hatch was caught wearing some unique vinyl graphics, complete with tiger stripes down both sides and large paw print on its hind-end. While the forum immediately caught fire with the notion that ...

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    Woman gets Kia Soul after passing drive test on 960th try
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    We like to think of ourselves as pretty determined folk here the United States. After all, our forebearers forged our country out of a wild and unsettling terrain, fought off tyrants, cooked up some of the most amazing inventions of the last century and helped populate a symbol of diversity and freedom renowned the world over. That doesn't mean that we'd ...

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    Kia recalling Soul, Sorento over wiring faults
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall on two Kia vehicles – the 2010 Soul and 2011 Sorento – to replace interior lighting wiring harnesses. These faulty units, supplied by JCI, can apparently cause an electrical short resulting in a fire. This recall affects 35,185 vehicles manufactured between September 7, ...

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    Bang for Your Bark: AAA picks best canine-friendly cars
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    Dog owners looking for a new set of wheels can take heart; the American Automobile Association has taken the time to pick a handful of vehicles best suited to moving your furry friend from one place to another. With around 45 million households across the country boasting at least one dog in the family, it should be no surprise that the ability to ...

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    NHTSA reportedly opens Kia Soul investigation after steering shaft failure
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    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has opened an investigation into a potential problem with the Kia Soul. According to the Los Angeles Times, the government safety watchdog is looking into an incident where the steering shaft in one vehicle separated from the steering wheel and then blocked the brake mechanism. The problem ...

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    Report: Economy kills Kia Soul'ster
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    If you've been crossing your fingers for a production version of the Kia Soul'ster concept from the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, prepare to be disappointed. According to a report from Ward's Auto, Kia says that expanding the Soul lineup beyond the current five-door hatch would prove to be more difficult than you might think. Earlier reports stated that Kia ...

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    Kia Soul gets yet another UK special edition
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    The Kia Soul has another set of special-edition duds to wear in the UK. This time it's called the Soul Echo, latest in the Soul Originals line, following such others as the Tempest, Burner, Samba and Shaker. The Echo is offered in Clear White or Quartz Black Metallic, with stripes and accents that make them mirror images; e.g., the white Echo gets black ...

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    Video: Kia Soul hamsters return to kick it old school
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    You could get with this, or you could get with that. 'This,' in case you were wondering, would be the 2010 Kia Soul, and 'that' would be, um, anything else. Especially a toaster, washing machine or cardboard box... and we'll leave those vehicular associations up to you to decipher. Before you actually watch the video pasted after the break, please know ...

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    KBB names coolest cars under $18k... do you agree?
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    Being in the market for a cheap new car used to mean resigning yourself to time bombs like the Chevrolet Citation or windups like the Geo Metro or Ford Aspire, but the times, they are a-changin', and the good folk at Kelley Blue Book have worked up their very own top 10 list of cool cars for under $18,000. Not surprisingly, the 2011 Ford Fiesta nabbed a ...

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    Kia releases special edition Ghost Soul... Spooky!
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    Kia just announced a new special-edition Soul. The Ghost Soul will join the likes of the Shadow Dragon Soul, Denim Soul and Ignition Soul as the last of four unique takes on the Korean automaker's quirky people mover. The changes to the base car are fairly subtle and include a new fender vent and rear spoiler, along with a smattering of chrome accents ...

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    Parents magazine names 'Best Family Cars of 2010'
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    Parents has worked up a lengthy list of its favorite family haulers for 2010, though you won't see too many minivans or SUVs on the roundup. Instead, the site broke down its selections into categories like sedans, hybrids and large vehicles and arranged its picks in no particular order. We certainly can't argue with cars like the 2010 Subaru Legacy or the ...

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    Hamsters FTW! Kia Soul ad wins top Nielsen Auto Ad award [w/video]
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    Those painfully trendy hamsters and their brand-new Kia Soul managed to nab Nielson's Most Effective Automotive Ad Award. Of all the car ads out there, the 2.5 million TV viewers polled by Nielsen remembered the most about the clever spot from Kia. And why not? The adorable anthropomorphic animals and good tunes featured in the ad manage to make a solid ...

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