2013 Kia Soul vs. Its Competition

2013 Kia Soul
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2013 Kia Soul faces a limited number of alternatives, with the Nissan Cube and Scion xB being the chief ones.

Those seeking a wild one will want to go for the Nissan Cube, with its french curves, shag carpeting, and rippled-water details--plus the refrigerator-like exterior.

The Cube isn't quick, and functionally it's a step down with its side-swinging tailgate and less efficient use of space.

The Scion xB is quite good looking, if not a little too chunky, but it's surprisingly lacking on space and versatility, considering its exterior size.

Another offbeat alternative is the Hyundai Veloster, a three-door hatchback (one driver-side door and two passenger-side doors), a sports-coupe-like exterior, and excellent connectivity features.

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The 2013 Kia Soul is both soulful and sensible--a distinctive, roomy, fun to drive alternative to staid small sedans or utility vehicles.
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The 2013 Hyundai Veloster dances the line between sporty coupe and sports car with features, fuel economy, impressive handling, and newfound turbo power.
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The 2013 Nissan Cube is boxy alright, but in a way that prioritizes style and fashion, not outright practicality.
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Call it fashionable or not; the 2013 Scion xB offers box-on-wheels versatility, easy maneuverability, and a strong list of features, all at a very affordable price.
MSRP From   
$14,400$17,600$16,760$16,970
Gas Mileage   
23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Small Station WagonCompact CarsSmall Station WagonSmall Station Wagon
Style Name   
5-Door Wagon Manual Base3-Door Coupe Manual w/Black Int5-Door Wagon Manual S5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/A3N/AN/A
Body Style   
5 Door WagonCoupeWagonWagon
Transmission   
ManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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