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2012 Kia Soul 1.6-liter: 25/30 mpg; 26/31 mpg with Eco package
2012 Kia Soul 2.0-liter: 23/28 mpg (auto); 24/29 (manual); 24/29 mpg with Eco package
For its first two years on sale, the Kia Soul's fuel economy wasn't especially good, compared to other compact hatchbacks. That's changed for 2012 with new powertrains and with a new Eco stop-start feature available as an option on either model.But there's an important footnote: The 2012-2013 Kia Soul is one of a set of vehicles found to have overstated fuel-economy numbers. Kia initially submitted figures of 27/35 mpg and 30 mpg combined (or 26/34/29 for the larger 2.0-liter engine) to the EPA, which allows automakers to self-certify fuel economy. On a confirmation check of several vehicles, the EPA found the Soul's actual tested fuel economy to be 25 mpg city, 30 highway with the 1.6-liter engine, or 23/28 (25 combined) with the 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission or 24/29 mpg with the manual transmission. 2013 Kia Soul Eco models, which earned 29/36-mpg and 27/35-mpg ratings have been downgraded to 26/31 and 24/29, respectively. Owners can register with Kia to receive reimbursement for the gas consumed above and beyond expected levels; more details are found at KiaMPGInfo.com.
The 2012 Kia Soul's gas mileage gets better with a new stop-start Eco package that shuts off engine power at stoplights.