If you buy a 2012 Kia Soul, you not only get the assurance of Kia's 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, you also get to drive away from Turner Kia in one of America's favorite hatchbacks. It's true! Since the Soul first hit the market four years ago, it's steadily gained recognition around the country for its stylish design, comfortable interior, flexibility, and superior fuel-economy. And with the 2012 model, Kia only proves yet again that they know exactly how to please the budget-conscious car shopper with all the latest in in-vehicle technology and amenities.
Let's start with the base model Soul. Priced at $13,900, it comes equipped with a peppy 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and is rated at 138-horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. Other base model standard features include 15-inch wheels; power locks and mirrors; AC; 60/40 split rear-seat; a four-speaker stereo system with a CD player, Satellite radio and iPod/USB/auxiliary connectivity. The base model is also available with a six-speed automatic transmission, which comes with other upgrades, including keyless entry, cruise control, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Oh right, and let's not forget the EPA-estimated 30-mpg combined.
The next trim level up, the Soul+, starts at $16,300. Changes include a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 164-horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Which is even more impressive considering fuel economy is rated at about 29 mpg combined, regardless of your transmission choice. The + also gains 16-inch alloy wheels, power mirrors and a more powerful speaker system. On top of all that: heated mirrors; extra storage bins; leather-wrapped steering wheel; and metal-looking interior trim. Other optional features include auto headlamps, a rearview camera, Uvo hands-free electronics, eight-speaker sounds system, and tricolor speaker lights.
All the way up at the top of the line is the Soul!, with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, a sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a package to upgrade the Audio. The bottom line? You can get all of the above for $19,600, or you can add the Premium package to all of this and get keyless ignition/entry, leather seats, heated seats, climate control, and a navigation system and pay just over $20k.
So now that we've given you a basic rundown of all of the reasons you'll love driving a Soul, what are the main takeaways? It's stylish, it's roomy, it's fuel-efficient, it's fun...but we don't expect you to just take our word for it.
Stop by our showroom at 4201 Chambers Hill Rd Harrisburg, PA 17111 to see the Soul in person, and take one for a spin! Or, Contact Turner Kia via our website to arrange a test drive. Either way, a member of our team will be happy to answer any of your questions, give you a tour of the entire new Kia lineup, and help you find the right financing for your lifestyle.