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2013 Kia Soul Base Hatchback

2013 Kia Soul Review

(0 Stars)  Kia’s square compact is still cool.

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New For 2013
The Soul gets a dark chrome grille surround, as well as a revised “Kia” badge on the hood, liftgate, and steering wheel. Bluetooth is now standard on the base model with the manual transmission. Power-folding exterior mirrors are standard on the Soul! trim level. Molten, titanium, and moss exterior colors are now available across the line.
When the Soul showed up in 2010, it made waves. Thanks in part to a successful Super Bowl ad, the Soul secured its spot in the boxy-car trifecta along with the Nissan Cube and the Scion xB. The Soul is the best seller of the bunch by a large margin, and it’s easy to see why. Nifty, funky, and quirky are all words that can describe its styling. Big, buggy headlights and a squared-off, swept-back design give the Soul a sportier look than its competition. Kia added a dark chrome grille surround for 2013. Bold exterior looks are accented further by wacky but appealing paint options. Inside, 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 engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission, produces 138 hp. Not enough? A 2.0-liter produces 164 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. It’s available with 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 that features automatic stop/start and an Active Eco system for optimal fuel-efficient driving.

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2013 Soul Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.6L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 25 MPG city, 30 MPG highway, 27 MPG combined and 343 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
12.7gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 123 ft lb of torque @ 4,850 rpm

'13 Kia Base Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Power Locks
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Scope
Trip Computer
Driver Air Bag
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Passenger Air Bag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
Satellite Radio
Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
Wheel Covers
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