Now that the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR are gone, the Kia Soul faces down just a few likely competitors for your dollars.
The Nissan Cube is the wild tangent in the group, with amoeba curves and a piece of shag carpeting on the dash.
It's not quick either, and functionally it's a step down with its side-swinging tailgate and less efficient use of space.
The Scion xB has a Cruiser-ish look now, and it's bigger, but we've been disappointed with its seating and the size jump that stole most of its JDM charm.
If you're looking at a Soul, you might check out Hyundai's statement-making Veloster hatchback, with its one driver-side door and two passenger-side doors.
It's slick and has connectivity Kia's hatchback doesn't, but it's more sporty in original intent where the Soul's more MPV-ish.
|2012 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai VelosterBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan CubeBrowse Used Listings||2012 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2011 Chevrolet HHRBrowse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol I4|
|Small Station Wagon||- TBD -||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|5-Door Wagon Manual Base||3-Door Coupe Manual w/Red Int||5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 Base||5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)||FWD 4-Door LS|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Wagon||3 Door Coupe||5-Door Wagon||4 Door Wagon||4 Door|