The Soul also handily beats its older competitors in standard and optional features, with only the Scion xB nearing its offerings. Standard features on the base Soul include tilt steering, air conditioning, Sirius Satellite Radio (the first three months of service are free), USB and auxiliary inputs for music players, and power windows. Lacking on all models are auto-up power windows and telescoping steering. The Soul+ adds cruise control, steering-wheel audio switches, Bluetooth connectivity, and dual 12V outlets. Next up is the Soul! gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a tan-and-houndstooth interior trim package, and a 315-watt audio system with speaker lighting, which illuminates according to music beat or "mood."
At the top of the line is the $16,950 Soul Sport, which has the same features as the Soul! but adds 18-inch wheels, sport suspension, metal pedals, and a red-on-black interior scheme.
The Car Connection has found the combination of cavernous cargo capacity, and simple switchgear with a satisfying, quality feel, to help the Soul feel even better than the sum of its parts. The awesome-sounding (optional) 315-watt sound system and well-integrated Bluetooth add to that impression.
Options on various Soul models include a sunroof, that sound-system upgrade, and more than 60 accessories, from styling add-ons to interior trim. A navigation system isn't offered, nor is a hard-drive-based audio system, a notable omission.
Two different Special Edition Soul models will be offered in the 2011 model year; both will be based on the Soul+ trim and include automatic climate control plus unique exterior styling and special accessories.