2012 Kia Soul vs. Its Competition

2012 Kia Soul
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Now that the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR are gone, the Kia Soul faces down just a few likely competitors for your dollars.

The Nissan Cube is the wild tangent in the group, with amoeba curves and a piece of shag carpeting on the dash.

It's not quick either, and functionally it's a step down with its side-swinging tailgate and less efficient use of space.

The Scion xB has a Cruiser-ish look now, and it's bigger, but we've been disappointed with its seating and the size jump that stole most of its JDM charm.

If you're looking at a Soul, you might check out Hyundai's statement-making Veloster hatchback, with its one driver-side door and two passenger-side doors.

It's slick and has connectivity Kia's hatchback doesn't, but it's more sporty in original intent where the Soul's more MPV-ish.

2012 Kia Soul2012 Kia Soul
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2012 Hyundai Veloster2012 Hyundai Veloster
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2012 Nissan Cube 5dr Wagon I4 CVT 1.8 S Side Exterior View2012 Nissan Cube
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2012 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Scion xB
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2011 Chevrolet HHR FWD 4-door LS Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet HHR
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Quick Specs
The name rings true: this Kia has a Soul, with fun road manners and tall-wagon practicality baked into its kicky shape.
The 2012 Hyundai Veloster starts with niche appeal, but its impressive handling and strong, high-value feature set should play well to the mainstream.
For those motivated by style and fashion—yet still needing a healthy dose of practicality—the Cube hits the right buttons; practical types might find it hard to get past some packaging issues, though.
Trendy or odd, the Scion xB jams plenty of space and versatility into its compact footprint.
The 2011 Chevrolet HHR stands out with its retro exterior, but it's lackluster in most other respects.
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Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4
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Small Station Wagon- TBD -Small Station WagonSmall Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon Manual Base3-Door Coupe Manual w/Black Int5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 Base5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)FWD 4-Door LS
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
5 Door Wagon3 Door Coupe5-Door Wagon4 Door Wagon4 Door
ManualManualManualManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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