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SAFETY | 6 out of 10
‘Good,’ frontal offset; ‘good,’ side impact, ‘good,’ rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'poor,' small overlap
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
The 2013 Kia Soul is small, but thankfully both its occupant protection and its list of standard safety equipment are excellent.
Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control are all included in the Soul, and now models with the navigation system include a rearview camera system—which isn't quite as necessary here as outward visibility is quite good, but it helps.
The 2013 Kia Soul is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, receiving top 'good' ratings in front, side and rollover crash tests. But its 'poor' small overlap frontal test is a point that pulls down its overall safety score here. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) test, the 2013 Soul received four out of five stars in both frontal and rollover test, and five out of five stars in its side impact test. That leaves Kia with an overall NHTSA rating of four out of five stars.
Crash-test results aren't altogether reassuring, but the Soul has a reasonably good safety set.