It's officially a wagon, but, with its peppy ride and large cabin, the used Kia Soul is part hatchback and part crossover SUV. Used models make an excellent addition to your busy workweek and freewheeling weekends, getting you around in stylish comfort. Before you hit the used market in earnest, give our buying guide a read. We'll tell you more about what to expect.
Used Kia Soul Buying Guide
First Generation, 2010-Current
Comfort: The Soul's distinctive boxy shape is more than a style statement - it's what gives you such generous head and leg room throughout the cabin. But this wagon-slash-crossover is more than just roomy; it's also comfy and supportive. Long rides go by without a complaint- at least not about comfort. Much like an SUV, the Soul is big on cargo space. Flip down the rear seats to create 61 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Hauling surfboards and skis has never been so simple.
Technology & Convenience: In more recent models, you'll find all the latest infotainment gear. The upscale Exclaim (!) model even comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology, which displays smartphone apps on the central touchscreen. From there, you can interact with all your favorite features without ever picking up your phone.
Safety: If you want the most on-road protection, look for a used Kia Soul with high-tech driver aids. You can find the lane departure warning system, which lets you know when you're drifting out of the safety zone, and forward collision alert, which gives you a heads up when you need to slow down.
Performance: Each Soul trim model comes with a unique powertrain. The higher you climb up the trim models, the more powerful the ride. The top-trim Kia Soul Exclaim (!) is the right pick for driving enthusiasts. In addition to its turbocharged acceleration, it comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission that's quick to respond to your requests.
What Drivers Love about the Used Kia Soul
Owners can't get enough of the Soul's passenger space, which is stunning on all levels. The Soul's unique shape means premium headroom for everyone. Even your tallest friends will feel fine about sitting in the backseat - even on long trips - because it's so roomy back there.
What to Look for in Your Used Kia Soul
The Kia Soul has slowly evolved over the years. Look for small changes in every single model year. In 2012, Kia upgraded the Soul powertrain with a new, quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission and revised steering for sharper control around tight turns. Both engine options also got a power bump, so models from 2012 on will get you up to speed on the highway faster than ever.
Used Kia Soul Buyers Beware
Performance-oriented buyers will prefer the 2.0-liter engine, which turns up the heat for smooth highway merging and passing. In spite of its extra power, it doesn't use much more fuel than the Soul's base engine. If your used Kia Soul comes with stylish 18-inch wheels, give it a test drive to make sure you can live with the harsher ride that comes with larger wheels.