So I bought my 2013 soul new and have had issues with too many things, mostly it handles terrible the radio had to be replaced, (never got my free Sirius as promised) knock sensor has now gone bad twice, have the same wiper issue as others, when turning the wheel one way or the other out of the driveway and such it clicks, and it rattles when I accelerate under the hood somewhere, acceleration leaves me more likely to hit the brakes and wait my turn when merging ..and the blind spot are awful, not to mention the noise if back window is down.
Kia and Hyundai are the same company, and both build great, value packed vehicles. The KIAs are more targeted towards people who like sporty and stand out styling in their daily drivers.
I love my 2013 KIA Soul Exclaim..and after more than a year after purchase has proven to be reliable, extremely well made and overall a fun car.
The standard level of equipment is astonishing for what you pay. The powerful 8 speaker Infinity sound system for example is the best I've heard in ANY car. It even includes a separate powered sub-woofer! 8 speakers in total!
Projector headlights really light up the road...the rear tail lights are LED with around 60 bright red LED's. Also white LED front accent lights. Beautiful and unique 18" aluminum alloy wheels and performance tires. Safety stuff like stability control, traction control, hill start, etc! UVO Microsoft system with rear backup camera! The steering wheel and gear shift lever are leather clad. A big tilt/sliding power tinted sunroof, power folding exterior mirrors...and more included!
Lots of head room front and back, good shoulder room, great leg room too.
Any complaints I had...such as the ride quality can be a bit harsh on rough highways were addressed and fine tuned by KIA on the 2014 model!
I'm glad I finally found a car brand that doesn't build junk! KIA! Not only did I buy a new 2013 Soul Exclaim for myself...but also my wife got a new Sorento (made at KIA's West Point USA Factory!), my daughter bought a Sportage, my son got a new Forte AND a Soul also!
Several great reasons to buy from KIA...
1) Quality. 2nd to none.
2) Perfect paint, well made, all the body panels line up.
3) Crazy level of standard equipment for the price. Bluetooth, steering wheel controls for sound system, backup camera!
4) Even the Dealerships for KIA are professional, clean, friendly and helpful. I'm not used to that...I used to have all Fords!
5) The KIA styling is world class...
10 year, 100,000 mile warranty! COME ON! Who else has the confidence to give you THAT?!
I was going to suggest that KIA build more of their vehicles here in the USA...but that already are increasing production at their billion dollar new car factory in West Point Georgia! 10,000 new American jobs!
Reliability would be a 6 or higher if the Edmunds ratings went that high! Build quality also.
I've owned brand new Hondas, Toyotas, Fords, a FIAT, Prius, Chevrolets, a 308 GTS Frerrari, a Mercedes....etc. All my family started trading in their cars for brand new KIA's in 2011. Including mine (2013 Soul), my wifes (2013 Sorento), my Daughters 2013 Sportage, my son and daughter-in-laws 2 Fortes, and the list goes on.
No lemons, no issues, perfect build quality, great mileage, awsum paint jobs, a crazy amount of standard equipment that is unexpected in cars at this price...and a 100,000 mile drive train warranty is icing on the KIA cake!
Infinity 8 speaker sound system with seperate powered sub woofer. Standard glass powered sunroof, dark tinted windows, really nice 18" alloy wheels, 4 wheel disks, good mileage, great looking car, black cloth interior with HOUNDSTOOTH cloth accents (last time I saw that in a car it was a British classic car!) Tall roof makes for a non-clostrophobic interior, good sized cargo space in rear hatch, fit and finish is damn near perfect..and I'm picky!
And I do my own oil changes, and these KIA's are among the easiest to drain the oil, replace the filter and refill of anything I've ever owned!
Any thing I noted that needs improvement on my 2013...was already done on the 2014...which was gone over by KIA and massaged and tweaked a bit.
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