Everyone that owns a Kia Soul talks about what a great time they have driving it and the hamsters in the Kia Soul video seem to capture that excitement, although buying a Kia Soul to drive off into a rainbow of out of this world escapades isn’t likely to happen unless you prescribe to some major psychedelics at which point you shouldn’t be driving anyway. But driving a 2013 Kia Soul sober, on real highways and byways should still be a blast due to the innovative styling and technology it sports.
One of the most noticeable improvements to the Kia Soul is the uplevel 2.0 liter inline four engines. It currently went from a sluggish 142 horsepower with 137 pound feet of torque to a more assertive 164 horsepower with 148 pound feet of torque. It still retained the fuel efficiency to a good point as well. It is currently rated at 26 city miles per gallon and 34 highway miles per gallon. Not the best, but not bad at all. The 1.6 liter engine however is still slow as molasses and only offers one mile per gallon above the quicker 2.0 liter engine.
The unusual styling to the 2013 Kia Soul speaks for itself, and the interior is no different. It is spacious for a smaller size vehicle for both front and back seat passengers and you can fold the seats flat to get up to 53.4 cubic feet of cargo space if you need it. There are high quality materials including nicely grained plastic, not as soft touch as some of the luxury models, but attractive for what it is. Of course the leather wrapped steering wheel and padded leather door trim gives it an added sense of plush.
The favorite thing about the 2013 Kia Soul, other than how fun it is to cruise around in is the price. A fully loaded model is still under $25,000 and that is with the additional $774 destination fee and has upgraded features such as a cargo net and auto dimming mirror.