Kia hasn't changed the standard safety equipment on its 2012 Soul, and it didn't need to. The compact hatchback already had six airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control, and in the past those features earned it top scores from both safety agencies.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) still rates the Soul as one of its Top Safety Picks, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't yet updated its Soul ratings since it changed its criteria for the 2011 model year. It has assigned a rollover-protection rating of four stars, which it gets from numeric formulas.
The Soul has improved safety for the new year, though it applies only to models with the navigation system. On those more pricey versions, Kia fits a rearview camera, which we consider a great safety feature. However, it's not as essential on the Soul as on bigger crossovers and SUVs, since tall glass areas and a high driving position give the driver excellent outward visibility.