Compare 2009 Honda Element vs 2010 Kia Soul

2009 Honda Element
2010 Kia Soul
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2WD 5-Door Automatic LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 5-Door Automatic LX 20 25 $18,878 $20,275
4WD 5-Door Automatic LX 19 24 $19,990 $21,475
2WD 5-Door Automatic EX 20 25 $20,834 $22,385
4WD 5-Door Manual EX 18 23 $21,205 $22,785
2WD 5-Door Manual SC 18 23 $21,655 $23,270
4WD 5-Door Automatic EX 19 24 $21,947 $23,585
2WD 5-Door Automatic SC 20 25 $22,397 $24,070
2WD 5-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 20 25 $22,411 $24,085
4WD 5-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 19 24 $23,524 $25,285
2WD 5-Door Automatic w/Navi SC 20 25 $23,974 $25,770
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5-Door Wagon Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Manual 26 31 $13,040 $13,300
5-Door Wagon Manual + 24 30 $14,590 $15,195
5-Door Wagon Automatic + 24 30 $15,550 $16,195
5-Door Wagon Manual ! 24 30 $16,350 $17,195
5-Door Wagon Manual Sport 24 30 $16,350 $17,195
5-Door Wagon Automatic ! 24 30 $17,300 $18,195
5-Door Wagon Automatic Sport 24 30 $17,300 $18,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,878
$13,040
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,275
$13,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$338 / month
$222 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Honda Element is a relatively efficient, remarkably convenient small utility vehicle that's easy to drive and configurable for multiple tastes and uses. Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
47.6 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 55.2
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 39.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.2 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.0 42.1
Front Hip Room (in)
55.0 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.6 102
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 39
Front Head Room (in)
43.3 40.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.9 6.5
Length, Overall (in)
169.9 161.6
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 63.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.3 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
101.4 100.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.6 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 61.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
74.6 23.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
25.1 53.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
38.7 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
46.0 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.4 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.9 11.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 12.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 15.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.9 34.4
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack-and-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.26 2.81
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P215/70SR16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P215/70SR16 P195/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3515 2560
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 5.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4000 115 @ 4200
Engine Order Code
NA - TBD -
Displacement
2.4L/144 1.6L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 5800 122 @ 6300
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 31
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 3.54
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.50 4.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.79 3.61
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.29
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.57 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 5dr Wgn
Vehicle Name
Honda Element Kia Soul
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Compact Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Control-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 6.7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 6.7

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