2012 Kia Soul

Base FWD 5-Dr Hatchback I4 man trans

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2012 Kia Soul
2012 Kia Soul
When the Soul showed up on the scene in 2010, it definitely made waves. Thanks in part to a successful Super Bowl television ad, the Soul secured its spot in the boxy-car trifecta along with the Nissan Cube and the Scion xB. Nifty, funky, and quirky are all words that can describe this car's styling. Big, buggy headlights and a squared-off, swept-back design give the Soul a sportier look than its competition. Bold exterior looks are only accented by wacky-but-appealing paint options, including moss, a new color this year. Inside, an all-new 350-watt seven-speaker Infinity audio system is optional on Soul+ models and standard on Soul! models. As before, there are lights in the door-mounted speakers that can flash in time with the music. The Soul! has a voice-activated infotainment system with a 4.3-inch color touch screen and a rear camera display. The two four-cylinder engines now make more power. The 1.6-liter, paired with a six-speed manual, produces 138 hp, a thirteen-percent increase over the previous engine. Not enough? A new 2.0-liter pumps out 164 hp, a sixteen-percent increase over the previous engine, and 148 lb-ft of torque. It's available with either the six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The larger engine is standard on Soul+ and Soul! models. If flower power is more appealing to you than horsepower, there is an available eco package, which features Intelligent Stop and Go technology and an Active Eco system for optimal fuel-efficient driving.
Kia Soul Axwell Ad Interior Hamsters
Yes, we know it's the Wednesday before a long weekend--about the time where everyone starts to check out and pine for the weekend. Thankfully, Kia brought the party to us with this, its new 90-second ad for the Soul.
2012 Kia Soul Front
Kia may be preparing to launch a new version of its funky Soul hatchback. Reuters reports that a Korean Kia executive announced at an investor's meeting in Seoul that a new Soul would go on sale next year.
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Hyundai and Kia saw double-digit sales increases year-to-date compared to the first five months of 2011. Both automakers also saw their best May sales numbers ever.
2012 Kia Soul Front Right Side View
Even though the Kia Soul isn't the best-driving Kia, it was the first glimpse at what the brand was capable of. It's true, Peter Schreyer arrived at Kia so late into the Soul's development process that he could only influence the design of the grille, but the fact that Kia planned a vehicle as interesting and funky as the Soul before it had someone as creative as Schreyer on staff certainly drove home the point that the brand wasn't content merely to create cheap cars.
2012 Kia Soul Front Left View
The Kia Soul has such a great, funky shape that is both compact and cavernous, without looking like a box-on-wheels like its competition. The 1.6-liter I-4 is peppy and spunky and is a hoot to use around town. Sadly, equipped with the automatic transmission and start/stop system like this example, the fun ends there. The transmission is hesitant to downshift and loves to shift up to sixth gear as quickly as it can to save fuel. Speaking of saving fuel, the big draw of the $1000 eco package is the start/stop system, which is surprisingly crude. At a stoplight, the engine shudders to a stop; upon releasing the brake pedal, the engine turns over - causing a dip in the battery's amperage and dimming the headlights, then releases the brakes causing the car to jolt forward. While the engine is off, the heater doesn't seem all that willing to heat, either. The fact that this Soul seemed so soulless was sad to me, as the regular Soul with the six-speed manual transmission is a quite fun city runabout that I have recommended to several people.

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2012 Kia Soul Specifications

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1.6L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
25 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
138 hp @ 6300rpm
123 ft lb of torque @ 4850rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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