Unveiled earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show, the 2012 Kia Soul won critical acclaim for its finessed styling and increased power and higher fuel economy. With the new 2.0-liter engine, Soul now delivers a class-leading 164 horsepower6 (an increase of 22 horsepower over the previous model year), and the new 1.6-liter engine offers 138 horsepower (an increase of 16 horsepower) and fuel-saving and emissions reducing gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology. Mated to new more efficient six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, the 1.6-liter engine delivers up to a class-leading 35 miles per gallon (mpg)7 on the highway (up four mpg), while the new Soul will be among the first in the segment to offer Kia’s new Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology, further enhancing its fuel-sipping capabilities.
Available in three trims – Soul, Soul+ (plus) and Soul! – the 2012 Soul’s exterior design has been updated with subtle changes to the front and rear fascias to project a wider stance, while new headlamps, taillights, side mirrors and wheels project a more modern look. All Soul models also are improved with redesigned and upgraded interiors, significantly better noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction qualities, a more refined ride and many new standard features, including a tilt and telescoping steering column, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).
Pricing for the more powerful and fuel-efficient 2012 Kia Soul will begin at a best-in-class $13,900 MSRP while the Soul A/T starts at $15,700