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With its funky styling and spunky four-cylinder power, the compact Kia Soul is aimed at mainstream economy-car shoppers who want something different. Indeed, the Kia hatchback is avant garde in its approach, boasting a swept-back exterior design with sporty angles and a neat cabin filled with distinctive shapes and vibrant colors. It gives Kia an injection of, well, soul to complement its well-earned reputation for competence and value.
Used Kia Soul Models
The Kia Soul was introduced for 2010. In that first year, it featured rear drum brakes instead of the current car's four-wheel disc arrangement. The rear shock absorbers were also different, so the first-year Soul may not ride as well. For 2010 and '11 the 1.6-liter engine made 122 hp while the 2.0-liter produced 142 hp. Transmission choices were also limited to five speeds for the manual and four speeds for the automatic. For those first two years, Kia also offered a Soul Sport that featured a sport-tuned suspension.
For 2012 a number of important improvements took place, notably more powerful and fuel-efficient engines, new six-speed transmissions and revised steering. That year the Soul's styling was slightly updated inside and out and a number of new technology options, such as a navigation system, debuted as well.
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