The 2016 Kia Soul manages to match other small hatchbacks and sedans in city driving, but on the highway it's not nearly as fuel-efficient—the consequence of its tall, boxy body.
The Soul is rated by the EPA at 24 mpg city, 30 highway, 26 combined with the 1.6-liter engine—and that holds whether you opt for the manual or automatic transmission. Upgrade to the Soul Plus and Exclaim models equipped with the 2.0-liter engine, and you actually get slightly better mileage—24/31/27 mpg.
We've pretty much matched those figures in real-world driving, as we saw nearly 25 mpg over several hours and about 140 miles, with driving conditions mostly split between urban-freeway, commute conditions and twisty, hilly two-laners.
All Soul models also include an Eco Mode button that dulls throttle response somewhat and changes shift point for the automatic transmission.