2010 Kia Soul: Stylish, Safe, And Efficient For Families

April 7, 2010
When most people think of “family cars” they don’t necessarily think about the 2010 Kia Soul. But this stylishly boxy utility vehicle offers ample room for five, great fuel economy and plenty of cargo room. If that doesn’t add up to a great family car package in this day and age then it’s hard to say what exactly does.

Starting at just $13,300, the base 2010 Kia Soul comes equipped with power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, an AM/FM CD player with iPod jack and a 122 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder that returns 26 city/31 highway. While this model is only available with a five speed manual transmission, the price tag is very appealing making the Kia Soul the perfect first car for a first time driver. Do you have any of those in your house?

Moving up the range to the well equipped “+” model (starting at $15,195) nets you a 2.0-liter, 142-horsepower four-cylinder, the option of a four-speed automatic, standard Bluetooth, six-speaker audio system with Sirius satellite radio, and fancier 16-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. The “+” model is probably the best value in the entire Soul range.

Beyond that is the “!” model line (starting at $17,195) which features “out-there” taupe plastic colored trim with sawtooth-style seat trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, power sunroof, steering wheel mounted controls for your Bluetooth, and a seriously awesome 315-watt audio system with two tweeters, a huge subwoofer and speaker lights that pulsate to the rhythm of whichever song is playing. There are also some seriously crazy names for the colors including “alien” (green) and “java” (a type of metallic brown that is quite handsome).

The top of the line Soul model is the Sport (also starting at $17,195) which adds a red dashboard, red seat trim, unique front and rear fascias, a rear spoiler and sportier suspension tuning. With all that red trim the Sport model is definitely catered toward the extroverted car buyer. But even when you buy a wild looking 2010 Kia Soul Sport you still get the peace of mind that comes from Kia’s 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. This is the type of family car you buy new and then let your kids learn to drive on it after ten years of hard labor as your personal transportation.

How Dog Friendly is the Kia Soul?

Cars don’t come much more dog friendly than the 2010 Kia Soul. Durable feeling plastics and cloth trim all are seemingly chosen with possible canine abuse in mind. The rear seats fold down pretty flat so you could even just keep the rear seats folded and let your dogs ride in the positively cavernous 53.4 cubic foot cargo area.

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