Kia has proven the axiom that you have to have Soul to rock and roll.
And, you can never have too much Soul.
The second generation Kia Soul enters the 2014 model year with a longer wheelbase, wide stance and stiffer frame that provides enhanced ride and handling.
While staying true to the original Soul design, the new interior (along with a long list of new features) has allowed the urban commuter to expand its horizons by providing a five-passenger vehicle that while designed for city life, also provides everything you want for a smooth, joyful ride on the open highway.
Available in four trim levels ó Base, Plus and Exclaim ó the boxy Soul now provides more interior room for passenger comfort, as well as flexible cargo storage.
While it retains it funky, colorful styling, what is most notable about the 2013 model is how nimble it handles on the open road.
The ride is absolutely exceptional. While the Soul was initially launched as an urban compact specifically designed to take on the challenges of life in the city, the new Soul has matured into a well-schooled, all-around compact four-door hatchback that meets the needs of both city and suburban drivers.
With a base price starting at $14,700, you canít help but love the long list of standard features.
The base Soul features power windows, door locks and heated outside mirrors, telescoping steering wheel, six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth hands-free wireless technology, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, auxiliary inputs and optional remote keyless entry.
Soul Plus adds 17-inch alloy wheels, outside mirror turn-signal indicators, a floor console stowage box with integrated armrest, available UVO eServices, rear camera display, navigation, surround mood lighting, leather heated seats, panoramic sunroof and 350-watt Infinity audio system upgrade.
The Soul Exclaim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, LED positioning lights, high-gloss piano black center console, cooled glove box, 10-way power driverís seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, to name a few.
With Kiaís available UVO eServices, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio and Pandora internet radio, it is also a highly connected vehicle allowing the driver to stay in touch while on the road.
The 2014 Soul is available with two engine choices. The base features a 1.6-liter I-4 engine delivering 130 horsepower; while Plus and Exclaim models are powered by a 164 horsepower 2.0-liter I-4 engine.
Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission (six-speed manual available on base), it has an EPA fuel economy rating of 23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway.
The new Kia Soul is a must for the test drive list.