2013 Kia Soul

Rating8.4

Ranked #1 in Wagon

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Starting MSRP 

$14,400 - $19,900

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Key Spec of 2013 Kia Soul
fuel economy

25/27/30

fuel type

regular unleaded

horsepower

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

2013 Kia Soul Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Soul is a wagon offered by Kia that has managed to carve a very good name for itself from the past years and has manifested itself to be the right car for a family. The Soul while being affordable offers very good interior and ride quality with a very attractive interior too. All things nice but the car’s look is an acquired taste and no argument that it does manage to look a bit weird. Despite that, the car has a good power figure and a very small turning radius.

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ProsConsWhat's New

User-friendly controls

The automatic transmission is too slow

Bluetooth offered as standard

Spacious interior

The engine does not feel great

Unique styling

Over All Rating

8.4

Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Pricing and Feature9.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance8.10
Fuel Economy7.50
Interior8.00
Exterior8.00
Safety8.70
Competition8.00
Notable Rankings

#1 in Wagon

#1 in Subcompact Wagon


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Trims

Base$14,400 onwards

  • 15-inch steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

PLUS$16,700 onwards

  • 16-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry

!$19,900 onwards

  • 18-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Parking assist
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof


Colors and Styles

2013 Kia Soul in Alien Green color
Alien Green

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Kia Soul starts off at a price point of $16,200 and goes all the way up to $19,400.This car is offered in three different oddly named trims like the base model is christened “Soul” the next trim goes with “Soul+” and then the fully loaded trim is named just an “!”.The price point this car is offered in is very competitive and at this price point, the car goes up against the likes of Honda Fit and Chevrolet Sonic.


Features
8.0/10

The Kia starts off at a base price of $16,200 and is named the Soul and pretty well equipped but choose to go one step higher and at $17,400 we get the Soul+ which becomes a bit mor3e comfortable car than the trim under and finally at $19,400 we have the “!” that comes with a special edition package. 

Trims

Soul

Soul+

Soul!

MSRP

$16,200

$17,400

$19,400

Features

Cloth Seats

More Powerful Engine 

The Signature 2.0 Special Edition Package

 

Satellite Radio

Audio Package

Two-Tone Exterior Paint

 

Cruise control

Automatic Climate Control

Leather Upholstery

 

Air Conditioning

Leather Seats

Panoramic Sunroof

 

Keyless Ignition

8-inch touchscreen system

Heated and Ventilated Seats

 

Smartphone Integration

HD Radio

LED Interior Lighting

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The Kia Soul is offered in three trims and thanks to the very close pricing the top end “!” trim is an easy pick and that is evidently seen. The trims do not have too many differences but the factor that was vital in helping us choose the trim we did was the offer of the special edition pack in that car.

Engine and Performance
8.1/10

The 2013 Kia Soul Wagon is offered in a 1.6L Inline-4 engine which churns out 138hp and has a torque of 123lb-ft. The ride quality of the car is quite smooth despite having a relatively weak engine but the engine makes up with its comfortable ride. The good engine is also mated to a 6-speed e automatic transmission. The acceleration is a bit dull and not too quick while the handling also is not a force to reckon with.

Model

Kia Soul Wagon

Chevrolet Sonic

Honda Fit

MSRP

$16,200

$16,925

$16,225

Engine

1.6L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Automatic

5 Speed Automatic

Power

138hp@6300rpm

138hp@6300rpm

117hp@6600rpm

Torque

123lb-ft@4850rpm

125lb-ft@3800rpm

106lb-ft@4800rpm

0-60 (MPH) (seconds)

9.7

8.1

9.7

Quarter Mile (MPH) (second)

17.1

16.1

18.2

Top Speed

90 MPH

125 MPH

N/A

All the engines offered in the car and its rivals are pretty good in terms of power. The Kia and the Chevy both make similar power and torque figures however, the Honda is the least powerful and slowest while the Chevy turns out to be the fastest. The least powerful Honda manages to equal the Kia in terms of the 0-60 acceleration and that is a good thing as the less powerful Honda engine is more fuel-efficient than the one on the Kia and can accelerate as good as a car more powerful.

Fuel Economy
7.5/10

This is the Kia Soul’s weakness, the Kia has a small engine that was expected to be efficient with fuel but it turned out to be a disappointment. The Kia Soul Wagon returns a mileage of 25MPG within city ranges, 30MPG on the highways, and a combined mileage of 27MPG, and has a fuel capacity of 12.7 gallons. 

Model

Kia Soul Wagon

Chevrolet Sonic

Honda Fit

MPG (City)

25

25

28

MPG (Highway)

30

35

35

MPG (Combined)

27

28

31

Range 

317.5/381.0/N/A

305.0/427.0/N/A

296.8/371.0/N/A

Fuel Capacity

12.7

12.2

10.6

It can be clearly seen that even with the largest fuel tank the Soul is unable to keep up with the rival’s mileage figures. The Honda Fit returns the maximum individual mileage but it has the minimum fuel capacity leading to its low range in mileage. The Kia Soul, on the other hand, offers the maximum range. 

Interior
8.0/10

The insides of the Soul are very attractive, delicate, and a bit interesting as they have an almost perfect balance between form and function. The materials used in the cabin are very refined and are selected and put together to give it a modern look. The Base model has cloth upholstery that looks quite good too. The cabin does have a lot of features that help in making the ride very comfortable. The Soul has seating for 5 people and a cargo space of 23.7cu.ft.

Model

Kia Soul Wagon

Chevrolet Sonic

Honda Fit

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

40.2/55.5/40.9

38.7/53.4/41.8

40.4/52.7/41.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

39.6/54.7/39.1

37.8/53.0/34.6

39.0/51.3/34.5

Cargo Capacity (Cu. Ft)

23.7

14.9

20.6

The Kia offers the most space in comparison with its rivals. It also offers the most cargo space and has an amazing and rich interior. The Honda follows Kia’s lead and then comes the Sonic with the least space and the cargo space. The Chevrolet that is on the lead in terms of the power and speed figures is not so dominant here as the space offered by it even in the front seating row is way too less than the other two cars we have. The Important interior features of the car are:

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

How intuitive is the 2012 Nissan GT-R’s infotainment unit?

The 2013 Kia Soul Wagon comes equipped with a 4.0-inch Uvo touchscreen display which holds a lot of its infotainment features. The infotainment unit is handy and easy to use. The graphics in it are quite crisp and advanced as well. The touchscreen is small, but it does not take much time to respond. The infotainment system comes paired to a 6-speaker Infinity audio system which gives an enthusiastic feel to the unit but occasionally the audio input might not feel too great. The important infotainment features are:

  • Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Navigation
  • USB Ports
  • Wireless Charging
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Exterior
8.0/10

The car is more of a boxy-shaped design and sets right in the modern urban surrounding. The Soul is a bit fashionable while being space efficient thanks to the design language. This design helps it stand out in the crowd too. The design does not have a front end that is sharp and the taillights dominate the rear end. The headlights have a bug-eyed design. The size of the 2013 Kia Soul is rather small and compact which makes it easier to maneuver in the hustle-bustle of the city. 

Model

Kia Soul Wagon

Chevrolet Sonic

Honda Fit

Curb Weight (lbs)

2690

2745

2577

Length (.in)

162.2

173.1

161.6

Width (.in)

70.3

68.3

66.7

Height (.in)

63.4

59.7

60.0

Wheelbase (.in)

100.4

99.4

98.4

Ground Clearance (.in)

6.5

N/A

N/A

The Honda Fit is the lightest model here and the smallest one too. The Sonic is on the opposite of the Honda in both weight and dimensions. The Kia however finds a sweet spot for itself and is moderately weighted and compact in dimensions. The Kia has a ground clearance of 6.5” we cannot compare it with the other two cars since we do not know their figures but what we do know is that this measurement is a pretty good one in the segment. The main exterior features are:

  • Cross Bars
  • Puddle Lights
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Mud Guards
  • Hood Film
  • Wheel Locks
Safety
8.7/10

The Kia Soul Wagon is well equipped in terms of its safety features. It comes equipped with a lot of features like airbags, LATCH system of use, pretensioners, and post-collision safety system along with others. Based on how the car looks it might not appear very safe but it might be the most deceptive one you can find, it has a really good score on the crash test ratings by the authorities with a 4-star rating from the IIHS and a 5-star rating from the NHTSA and that is a very reassuring result. The main safety features include:

  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Lane Keep Assist
Final Verdict

The Kia Soul might not be the most beautiful looking, most aesthetically pleasing, and the most performance-packed wagon you can find in the market, but it clearly is a car that is good enough to haul your family around in comfort and be a great daily driver. It also has a really good interior and safe build. This car if your next buy is a really good deal.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$16200

body style

4dr Wagon

engine type
displacement

97 cu in

horse power

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

123 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

162 in

wheelbase

100 in

width

70 in

curb weight

2690 lbs

Height

63 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

102.3 cu ft

cargo volume

53.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

23/27/30 mpg

highway range

381.0 mi

warranty
basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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Kaia Camacho

2013 Kia Soul

! 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

3

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 30, 2022

Not a pleasant ride.

Pros - User friendly controls, Easy to drive.

Cons - Design, Stiff ride, Brakes.

Poor braking performance. My mom owns a Kia Soul and I have been driving it for a while as my car is in the service center. I feel pathetic for those who buy this car, it's that hideous. The ride quality is very stiff too, especially while driving over a speed bump or on roads with potholes. On the performance front, the brakes are very spongy while slowing down at high speeds. The customer...

5/10
Features
4/10
Interior
3/10
Design
3/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
3/10
Deal Value
3/10
Dealer Review

OA

Oliver Anderson

2013 Kia Soul

PLUS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

2

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 4, 2022

Economical and inexpensive boxy hatchback

Pros - Good on gas, crisp boxy design and a lengthy warranty.

Cons - Noisy, limited cargo room, stiff ride and weak acceleration.

Noisy and underpowered hatchback. The journey with my two year old Kia Soul has not been a pleasant one. I bought it since I was on a limited budget and desperately needed a vehicle at the time. Aside from its unique design and high fuel efficiency, nothing about this vehicle is up to par. This small car's loud engine and weak acceleration combine for a terrible driving experience. Inside, the d...

4/10
Features
3/10
Interior
4/10
Design
5/10
Safety
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

JA

Julian Abraham

2013 Kia Soul

PLUS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

4

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 10, 2022

They call it the Soul but I doubt if it has any

Pros - Design – User friendly.

Cons - Vibrating cabin panels – Dull drive.

Disapointing drive One things for sure, people at Kia don't really know to name their cars. This is probably the most boring and characterless car that I've driven and they call it the Soul. The car does look good but that really doesn't matter as much as the drive. The controls however are well laid and easy to use but the dash panel and door trims vibrate while driving. Not at all happy w...

5/10
Features
3/10
Interior
6/10
Design
3/10
Safety
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Deal Value
2/10
Dealer Review

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Kia Soul 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$20,753
5 Year Cost To Own
$37,333
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $37,333
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$4,330$1,437$1,308$1,497$1,461$10,033
Insurance$1,176$1,217$1,293$1,357$1,368$6,411
Fuel$1,748$1,826$1,825$1,960$1,947$9,306
Maintenance$534$794$741$1,187$1,725$4,981
Repairs$-35$-47$-38$-39$628$469
Financing Interest$1,270$1,088$755$443$169$3,725
Taxes and Fees$1,800$168$182$111$147$2,408
Total Cost-To-Own$10,823$6,483$6,066$6,516$7,445$37,333
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