Here Are 5 Things to Know About the 2015 Kia Soul:
1. The Kia Soul might seem like an automotive oddball given its styling, but in terms of its size, price and general body style, it can now easily be compared with recently introduced subcompact SUVs like the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade. All that's missing is available all-wheel drive.
2. Whether you opt for the base 130-horsepower four-cylinder or the 164-hp four-cylinder, fuel economy is essentially the same. At 26 mpg combined, though, it's on the lower end for those subcompact SUVs and much lower than compact hatchbacks.
3. The Soul is surprisingly sharp and fun to drive -- especially compared to those little SUVs. Its ride becomes rough if you opt for bigger wheels, though.
4. The interior looks great, is well made and boasts user-friendly controls. The backseat offers enough room for adults, and its maximum cargo capacity is better than for most of those subcompact SUVs.
5. You get lots of equipment for your money, and there's also a lot of equipment available. Not many competitors offer a panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats or a heated steering wheel. Kia also offers a class-leading warranty.
We gave the Kia Soul a "B" rating, and there were only some minor features changes for 2015. As long as you don't need all-wheel drive, it's an appealing alternative to small SUVs like the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, as well as the Subaru XV Crosstrek.