2023 Kia Soul vs. Its Competition

2023 Kia Soul
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Soul competes against other value-focused hatchbacks or style-first cars with low price tags.

Kia’s own Seltos sells as much space—and adds all-wheel drive—to the mix.

The Jeep Renegade has off-road bona fides, but can be expensive in top trims.

The Toyota C-HR has style and space for days, but it’s hardly flexible or fast.

The Hyundai Venue is relatively new and front-wheel drive only, like the Soul.

Unlike the Soul, it has a tall ride height that shoppers want.

The same goes for the Nissan Kicks, which, ergonomic quibbles aside, is a good value.

2023 Kia Soul2023 Kia Soul2022 Hyundai Venue2022 Hyundai VenueGet Your Price2022 Jeep Renegade2022 Jeep Renegade
#12 in Small SUVs
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2022 Kia Seltos2022 Kia SeltosGet Your Price2022 Nissan Kicks2022 Nissan Kicks
#16 in Small SUVs
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2022 Toyota C-HR2022 Toyota C-HRGet Your Price
Quick Specs
6.2
The 2022 Kia Soul loses more of its urge, but little of its character.
6.2
The 2022 Hyundai Venue makes good on space and value and is one of the better ways you can spend $20,000 on a new vehicle.
5.7
The 2022 Jeep Renegade sports rugged looks on a small scale, but the off-road ability’s there.
6.2
The 2022 Kia Seltos pairs a superlative warranty and a low price to step to the front of Kia’s small-crossover lineup.
5.3
The 2022 Nissan Kicks hatchback packs features and value into its small footprint, but it’s not very quick.
5.5
The 2022 Toyota C-HR demands to be noticed, but its performance leaves us on "read."
MSRP From     
Coming Soon$19,000$24,195$22,590$19,990$24,130
Gas Mileage     
Coming Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy31 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
N/ASE IVTSport FWDLX IVT AWDS FWDXLE FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A55555
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Body Style     
N/ASport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
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N/ACVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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