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2014 Kia Soul Overview
The 2014 Kia Soul is an IIHS Top Safety Pick
$14,900 to $20,500
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- First complete redesign since its debut in 2011
- Slightly bigger all around, adding interior and cargo room
- 30 mpg highway
Kia has given the funky Soul its first redesign for 2014, improving what was already a pretty car by adding technology, an updated suspension, and extra interior/cargo room.
The Soul competes with other hard to classify cars like the Nissan Cube and Scion xB. Not really a crossover, but not a car either. If we had to choose, we’d call it a taller version of a wagon. For 2014, the Soul keeps its unique shape and profile, but smooths out some of the rougher edges of its design. A thin grille sits atop a large, trapezoidal air intake up front, flanked by new, optional LED daytime running lights.
Under the hood, the 2014 Soul keeps the same two engine options. The base model features a 138-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Both the Plus and Exclaim trims get the larger 164-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with the same transmission options (Exclaim models are automatic only). An Eco package, which adds a stop/start system and low rolling resistance tires, is available. Base models return 25/30 mpg city/highway, while the Plus and Exclaim get 23/28 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission equipped.
Inside, the Soul’s slightly stretched dimensions result in space gains for both front and rear passengers and a slight increase in cargo room to 24.2 cubic feet. The Soul’s cargo opening has also been widened for easier loading. For a car in its price range, the Soul has always been packed to the gills with standard features, especially compared to the competition. Bluetooth with audio streaming, power windows, USB port, 60/40-split folding rear seat, and remote keyless entry all come standard. Also new for 2014 is an 8-inch touchscreen which houses the optional UVO multimedia system, which connects to smartphones and allows the use of various apps.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.