in 2013 Hatchbacks

Avg. Price Paid: $13,063 - $15,742
Original MSRP: $14,400 - $19,900
MPG: 25 City / 30 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Kia Soul Review

Review Last Updated: 10/24/14

The 2013 Kia Soul is a breeze to park, has ample rear passenger space and a generous list of standard features, reviewers said.  

Equipped with the standard four-cylinder engine, the 2013 Kia Soul has plenty of power on city streets and for highway driving, test drivers said. However, they preferred the more powerful four-cylinder engine that comes with higher trims. A six-speed manual is standard and some reviewers noted the available six-speed automatic is occasionally slow to downshift when more power is needed. The base 2013 Soul gets an EPA-estimated 25/30 mpg city/highway, which is slightly less than rival compact cars’ estimates. While some reviewers wrote that the Soul’s body tends to lean through turns, overall, they agreed that its steering is predictable and a small turning radius makes the Soul a cinch to park and maneuver in tight spaces. A few test drivers thought the Soul has a firm ride on rough roads.

Like most affordable small cars, reviewers said the 2013 Kia Soul’s interior is furnished with basic materials, but they added that a unique design and fun features like mood lighting brighten up the cabin. There’s ample head- and legroom in both the front and back seats, test drivers noted. The Soul has 53.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is good compared to rival compact hatchbacks’ cargo space. The 2013 Kia Soul comes standard with satellite radio, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a USB port and an auxiliary input. Available features include a premium Infinity audio system, flashing speaker lights, heated front seats, a UVO infotainment system, HD Radio, a rearview camera and push-button start. The Soul’s dashboard controls are easy to reach and simple to use, including the UVO infotainment system, test drivers reported.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Scion xB has a boxy shape similar to the Soul’s and auto writers said it has plenty of head- and legroom in the rear seats. They also noted that like the Soul, a small turning radius makes it easy to maneuver the xB in narrow spaces. 

The 2013 Honda Civic has one of the highest reliability scores in the class and it gets very good gas mileage. Test drivers said the Civic has direct steering and a smooth ride, as well as an attractive cabin with quality fit and finish.

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