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The 2011 Kia Soul has outstanding safety credentials—especially when compared to other inexpensive small vehicles.
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SAFETY | 9 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

‘Good,’ frontal offset; ‘good,’ side impact, ‘good,’ rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick

Four stars overall; four stars frontal; five stars side

Thanks to the higher seating position and large greenhouse, overall visibility is excellent.

Major kudos goes to Kia for making every safety feature it offers on the Soul standard across the range

For a small car—especially one with such a low price—the 2011 Kia Soul comes with a very extensive (and complete) set of safety equipment. Front side and side-curtain airbags are included, along with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and electronic stability control. The front seats also have active head restraints, which help curb whiplash.

In new federal safety tests, administered by NHTSA, the 2011 Kia Soul achieves four-star frontal and five-star side protection, with a respectable four-star overall score. And in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, the Soul has top 'good' results in every category. In addition, the 2011 Kia Soul gets a top five-star rating from the IIHS in its new side pole test.

The Soul has a pretty thick rear pillar, which might lead some to think that outward visibility is difficult; but for most drivers, it's not; most drivers have found that the Soul's boxy roofline allows a better view out than in most swoopier vehicles.


The 2011 Kia Soul has outstanding safety credentials—especially when compared to other inexpensive small vehicles.

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