Compare 2011 Honda Element vs 2011 Kia Soul

2011 Honda Element
2011 Kia Soul
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2WD 5-Door LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 5-Door LX 20 25 $19,388 $20,825
4WD 5-Door LX 19 24 $20,547 $22,075
2WD 5-Door EX 20 25 $21,344 $22,935
4WD 5-Door EX 19 24 $22,504 $24,185
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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 $14,850 $15,495
5-Door Wagon Automatic + 24 30 $15,810 $16,495
5-Door Wagon Automatic ! 24 30 $17,560 $18,495
5-Door Wagon Automatic Sport 24 30 $17,560 $18,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,388
$13,040
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,825
$13,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$347 / month
$222 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you need to haul stuff more than people, and don't want to part with maneuverability and fuel-efficiency, the 2011 Honda Element is a great choice. The 2011 Kia Soul is fashion-forward and fun-to-drive—and unlike most of its urban-wagon rivals, it's just as practical as it looks.
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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
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
47.6 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 55.2
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 39.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.2 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.0 42.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.6 102.3
Front Hip Room (in)
55.0 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 39.0
Front Head Room (in)
43.3 40.2
Passenger Capacity
4 5
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 53.4
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 19.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 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
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P215/70R16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P215/70R16 P195/65R15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
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 - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 5.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
440 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
105 90
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 1.6L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 5800 122 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4000 115 @ 4200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.28
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 3.54
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.50 4.26
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.78 3.61
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle 5 Door Wagon
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
Double Wishbone Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 6.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
--
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
--
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating Driver
--
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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