So what is with this boxy vehicle craze any way? I consider myself fairly in tune with the younger generation, but I have to tell you that even being a 20-something male I have yet to see the complete allure to the likes of the Scion xB, the Nissan Cube or Kia’s newest contender—The 2010 Kia Soul. Now that I have said that I am going to back pedal a little bit.
2010 Kia Soul
After staring at the pictures of the 2010 Kia Soul and experiencing one on the 2009 Green Car Convoy prior to the Denver Auto Show, I have to say the car is growing on me. Then yesterday our partners over at The Road Ahead blog recounted their “quick spin” with newest model from Kia. A couple of things stuck out to me—some good, some bad. Some say you should start off with the bad news first, so here goes nothing.
The 2010 Kia Soul gets and EPA estimated 24 mpg in the city, which was matched in the quick spin by Bengt Halvorson. For such a small vehicle this seem a little disappointing and the highway mileage isn’t anything to write home about at an estimated 30 mpg. Another thing that stuck out in this recent drive review is the “tight and heavy” steering at low speeds. Now this may be because the 2010 Kia Soul doesn’t have electric steering, but either way I would expect a car of this size and weight to be nimble and quick on its feet at any speed.
2010 Kia Soul
Now that we have gotten a couple of grips out of the way, we can get on to everything else that make the 2010 Kia Soul a cool and laid back set of wheels. First, I have to point out the optional sound system with lights around the front speakers that light up during certain base notes. If this doesn’t convince that Kia is trying to appeal to younger generations, I don’t know what will. Lets just say with the right set of tinted windows you and a couple of your friends could have I private rolling club, the only thing missing is a disco ball. Other features that make this new Kia really work are the fully folding rear seats, exceptional rear headroom and available sports-tuned suspension (Soul Sport).
2010 Kia Soul
Bottom line—the 2010 Kia Soul has youthful and edgy styling for anyone looking to stand out in a crowd. This combined with a “colorful” sound system, room for you and your friends and a price tag starting at $13,990 make it something you should definitely check out for yourself.
Also, be sure to check out the 2010 Nissan Cube article here at AllSmallCars.com, as well as, our blogs, new and used car information and photo gallery. One last thing, if you like what you read then leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.
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