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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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