Join us as we review the new 2010 Kia Soul that just recently hit the showroom floors. The Kia Soul enters the compact car market, going up against the Scion xB and the new Nissan Cube. Like its competitors, the shape is boxy, but unlike the others, the Soul’s style boasts more of an expensive design, leaving the childish and cutesy touches at home.
The 2010 Soul comes with two engine options. The base engine is a 1.6-liter four cylinder that produces 122 horsepower at 6300 rpm and 115 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. If you want an automatic tranny or more power, you can opt for the 2.0-liter four cylinder that makes 142 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 137 lb-ft of torque at 4600 rpm mated to either the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Either way, with the Soul barely weighing in at 2800 pounds, you’ll be able to zip around town.
But most important in this economy is the best bang for your buck at the best price. The Kia Soul starts at a base price around $13,300, topping out around $17,000. Even with the inexpensive price tag, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the necessary amenities like a sunroof, customization features like the speakers with adjustable lighting, and luxuries like a back up camera in the rear view mirror.