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$13,040
BASE MSRP
$13,300
On Features
With the 2011 Kia Soul, you get a lot of features for surprisingly little money.
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fabric seats with the word “soul” woven in that will glow in the dark, possibly taking the breath away from the entire female population of the Oklahoma panhandle
Car and Driver

Auxiliary audio/USB jacks and a 12-volt power outlet are conveniently grouped together at the bottom of the center stack.
Consumer Guide

Audio quality is plenty sufficient for the MP3 generation or baby-boomer talk radio.
Edmunds

315-watt stereo that includes a set of glowing red speaker lights that are either ridiculously cool or just plain ridiculous, depending on how old you are
Autoblog

Bluetooth phone system lets you voice dial by name. iPod integration is standard and the audio system produces good clarity.
CNET

The 2011 Kia Soul is marketed much like vehicles from Toyota's Scion brand—that is, with some room for accessories or customization. But even if you skip the add-ons, the the base Soul Kia is no featureless economy vehicle.

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.

Conclusion

With the 2011 Kia Soul, you get a lot of features for surprisingly little money.

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