2021 Kia Soul

Rating7.4

Ranked #4 in Subcompact Wagon

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$17,590 - $27,650

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Key Spec of 2021 Kia Soul
fuel economy

25/27/31

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Drive Mode Select

LX is underappreciated compared to others

Updated suspension for X-line and GT-line

Smart Cruise Control

Only two trims have Navigation embedded

Rear occupant alert is now standard

Sport-Tuned Suspension

Heated seats are also lacking in most trims

Standard remote engine start for EX and Turbo models

Vehicle Stability Management

2021 Kia Soul Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 21, 2022

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Kia hasn't made many changes to the 2021 Kia Soul this year apart from the addition of a few features. To begin with, Rear Occupant Alert is now standard across the lineup, while the Soul X-line and Soul GT-Line models get an updated suspension setup for an improved ride. Also, the 2021 Kia Soul Turbo (previously known as GT-Line Turbo) and the EX models also feature remote engine start. The 2021 Kia Soul price starts at an MSRP of $18,765 and sees a price bump of just $155. 

Featuring a 6-trim lineup of LX, S, GT-Line, and EX, the 2021 Kia Soul MSRP can be an expense of $17,765-$28,825 this season. Having said that, it simply translates to the fact that the range-leader 2021 Kia Soul Turbo will cost you $10,060 more than the base LX for enhanced specs and assets. 

Model

Invoice Price

MSRP

LX

$18,326 $18,765

S

$21,140

$21,685

X-Line $21,985 $22,965
GT-Line $22,203 $22,965
EX $23,475 $24,525
Turbo $27,581 $28,825

2021 Kia Soul Latest Updates

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  • Jul' 4, 2022 : 2023 Kia Soul Comes Gets Fewer Trims and Prices Starts At $19,790 Read More »
  • May' 7, 2022 : 2023 Kia Soul Flaunts New Look, Revises Trim Lineup And Offers New Colors Read More »

2021 Kia Soul for Sale

Buyers can avail of the Kia Soul finance offers starting at $521/month at 3.75% APR for up to 60 months and 3.99% APR for up to 84 months. The Soul lease deals begin at $269/month for a 36-month duration with a 10,000-mile annual mileage limit. Both offers require a $2,000 down payment while the leasing option needs an additional fee of $650.  


For budget-oriented buyers, the used Kia Soul can be availed of with a base price of $2,500. Going for older model years like the 2018 Kia Soul could be a matter of $14,900 and Kia Soul 2018 can cost as much as $20,997 along with a listing of up to 22 in total. 

Model Year

Staring Inventory Price

No. Of Listing

2020 Kia Soul $17,498 46
2019 Kia Soul $12,995 25
2018 Kia Soul $14,900 22
2017 Kia Soul $11,600 12
2016 Kia Soul $9,891 32
2015 Kia Soul $9,990 17
2014 Kia Soul $7,799 20
2013 Kia Soul $6,999 15
2012 Kia Soul $6,688 11
2011 Kia Soul $5,999 14

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While the turbocharged engine offers plenty of performance, it tends to get overpriced for most buyers. Therefore, opting for the 2021 Kia Soul EX model offers the most value for money for the buyers since it gets almost all the creature comforts available. 


The Kia Soul 2021 is available for sale against the likes of other popular compact crossovers like the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, and Chevrolet Trax. The 2021 Kia Soul configurations include two engine options with both manual and an automatic transmission, a base 2L 147 hp four-cylinder unit, and only the top-end Turbo trim is powered by the 1.6L 201 hp turbo-4 motor. Both engines offer strong acceleration performance and the 2021 Kia Soul MPG ratings are one of the best in the segment. The 2021 Kia Soul interior is practical and spacious for both passengers and their cargo


Over All Rating

7.4

Out of 10

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6.00
Notable Rankings

#4 in Subcompact Wagon

#11 in Wagon


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Trims

LX$17,590 onwards

  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM stereo, Radio
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Manual front air conditioning

S$20,590 onwards

GT-Line$21,690 onwards

  • 1St row Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  • Front Fog/driving lights

X-Line$21,690 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels

EX$23,250 onwards

  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Heated mirrors
  • Navigation system

Turbo$27,650 onwards

  • 18-inch machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels

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2022 Kia Soul
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2022 Kia Soul LX

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$19,850
Est. $269/mo
Good deal
$1,930 Below market
RMV: $21,780
Port Charlotte, FL
MSRP $20,850
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2022 Kia Soul
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2022 Kia Soul LX

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$19,850
Est. $269/mo
Good deal
$1,930 Below market
RMV: $21,780
Port Charlotte, FL
MSRP $20,850
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2022 Kia Soul
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2022 Kia Soul LX

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$19,850
Est. $269/mo
Good deal
$1,930 Below market
RMV: $21,780
Port Charlotte, FL
MSRP $20,850
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2022 Kia Soul
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2022 Kia Soul LX

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$19,850
Est. $269/mo
Good deal
$1,930 Below market
RMV: $21,780
Port Charlotte, FL
MSRP $20,850
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2022 Kia Soul
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2022 Kia Soul LX

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$19,850
Est. $269/mo
Good deal
$1,930 Below market
RMV: $21,780
Port Charlotte, FL
MSRP $20,850
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2022 Kia Soul
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2022 Kia Soul LX

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$19,850
Est. $269/mo
Good deal
$1,930 Below market
RMV: $21,780
Port Charlotte, FL
MSRP $20,850
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2022 Kia Soul
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2022 Kia Soul LX

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$19,850
Est. $269/mo
Good deal
$1,930 Below market
RMV: $21,780
Port Charlotte, FL
MSRP $20,850
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2022 Kia Soul
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2022 Kia Soul LX

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$19,850
Est. $269/mo
Good deal
$1,930 Below market
RMV: $21,780
Port Charlotte, FL
MSRP $20,850
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2022 Kia Soul
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2022 Kia Soul LX

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Dealer Price
$19,850
Est. $269/mo
Good deal
$1,930 Below market
RMV: $21,780
Port Charlotte, FL
MSRP $20,850
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Colors and Styles

2021 Kia Soul in Sparkling Silver color
Sparkling Silver

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The trims: LX, S, GT-Line, EX, X-Line, and Turbo are quite a pack of some inspiring features that may get you in a muddle with its finance that starts at $18,765 and goes up to $28,825. But a story never ends without twists and turns. The twists and turns are verisimilitudes of the challengers like the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, and the Hyundai Kona.

2021 Kia Soul Wagon front view
2021 Kia Soul Wagon rear view

Features

The Kia Soul is available in six trims with varied exclusive additional packages. It gets Vehicle Stability Management andElectronic Stability Control as a standard. The Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist and Blind Spot Collision Warning exclude the LX and begin from the S trim. Moreover, a power sunroof is available with the GT-Line and Turbo only. The X-line and GT-line get an exclusive body kit. With a little more spending one can have a safety assurance with the Smart Cruise Control which is solely available in the Turbo trim. As far as Navigation is concerned, only the EX and Turbo have that privilege.

Trim

LX

S

GT-Line

X-Line

EX

Turbo

MSRP (FWD)

$18,765

$21,865

$22,965

$22,965

$24,525

$28,825

Key Features

Electronic Stability Control

Premium Tricot Cloth Seat Trim

Sport-Tuned Suspension

X-Line Exclusive Exterior Body Kit

Premium Navigation

1.6L 4-Cyl Turbocharged Engine

 

Hill-Start Assist Control

Drive Mode Select

Lane Keeping Assist

Black Radiator Grille

Heated Front Seats

10.25-inch Touch-Screen with SiriusXM Traffic

 

Multi-Focus Reflector Headlights

Intelligent Variable Transmission

Hot Stamping Type Front Grille

Woven Cloth Seat Trim

UVO link

Smart Cruise Control

 

6-Speaker Audio System

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Assist

D-Shaped Leather Steering Wheel

X-Line Exclusive 18-inch Alloy Wheels

Automatic Temperature Control Air Conditioning

7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission

 

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist

Blind Spot Collision Warning

Vehicle Stability Management

Wireless Phone Charger

Power Sunroof

The Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and 6-Speaker Audio System are integrated into it across all trims except the Turbo which gets a Harman Kardon Audio System with an external amplifier. On one hand, where the GT-line has a D-Shaped Leather Steering Wheel, on the other, the X-Line has been kept devoid of it. The GT-line and EX both are adorned with the Hot Stamping Type Front Grille.

Which Trim should you buy in the 2021 Kia Soul?

The safety features are very much extended from the S trim, therefore it makes it easier for us to keep the LX out of the scene. Since spaciousness and vehicle stability has been given consideration across all, which is an added advantage in the mid-tier trims over the Turbo expense. The Navigation accessibility and power-heating seats enhance the overall driving experience and thus give a slight edge to the EX trim over others. The GT-line and X-line lack those and Turbo gets them at a relatively higher price. Therefore, EX would be apt.

Engine and Performance
6.5/10

It is true that one expects a wagon to be multi-functional in its approach and so does the Kia it seems. It arms the Soul with a 2.0L I-4 which can exhale a power surge of as much as 147 hp at 6200 RPMs and a torque of 132 lb-ft at 4500 RPMs. Thus, it is not just spacious but impressively powerful as well. This powertrain pack is in line with either a 6-Speed Manual in the LX trim or an Intelligent Variable Transmission in mid-tier trims or a DCT in Turbo trim. This FWD layout is one of the quickest as well with 8.2 seconds and 16.5 seconds for the 0-60 mph mark and quarter-mile respectively.

2021 Kia Soul Wagon engine bay

Models

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

MSRP

$18,765

$22,595

$25,595

$23,485

Engine

2.0L I-4

1.4L Turbocharged I-4

1.8L I-4

2.0L I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

Intelligent Variable Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

147 @ 6200

155 @ 5600

141 @ 6500

147 @ 6200

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

132 @ 4500

177 @ 4000

127 @ 4300

132 @ 4500

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.2

9.3

8.6

6.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.5

16.8

16.5

15.1

Top-Speed (MPH)

123

116

125

127

Though we can assume the Kia Soul and Hyundai Kona as siblings in their engine configuration, the latter is more dominant in both scales. The Hyundai Kona is also the fastest in the lot with a top speed of 127 mph. It is also interesting to note that the Chevrolet Trax has a higher performance curve yet is overwhelmed by others. This drives us towards the importance of the rev-band range where the Chevy needs a rework.

How well does the 2021 Kia Soul handle?

The wagons are not among those which have sound dynamics, partly due to the size and mass transfer. But they can be engineered to be so. The 2021 Kia Soul has a Motor-Driven Power Steering that manages the response from the wheels. With such weight, it becomes obvious to have independent strut front suspensions and torsion beams in the back along with anti-roll bars.

The handling is also assisted by some advanced safety aids and the 4-wheel ABS that keep a check-in avoiding wheel slippage and loss of traction at the time of sudden hard braking. Therefore, one can have decent control over it.

2021 Kia Soul Braking Performance

The 2021 Kia Soul is equipped with 11” rotors in the front and 10.3” in the rear. The 4-wheel ABS with front vented discs are capable of bringing the car to a standstill within a braking distance of 115 ft. This is by a mile one of the best figures in the segment. The braking enclosure includes an Auto Emergency Braking & Warning Technology at its service. The overall braking performance can be credited to a lightweight chassis as well which reduces the forward pull at the calipers.

2021 Kia Soul Wagon ride and handling

Models

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11

N/A

11.5

11

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.3

N/A

11.1

10.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

2844

3124

2959

2899

60-0 (feet)

115

N/A

121

129

As it is clear from the data that Kia Soul tends to have absolute supremacy in this domain. The Hyundai is comparable to the Kia in terms of its weight yet is underwhelming with its braking distance of 129 ft. Despite having one of the largest rotors, the Honda HR-V is not way above the Kona. Hence, all the rivals have definitely a long way to travel to match up with the Soul. The data for the Trax is not available which may have enlightened us much more about the bigger picture. 

Fuel Economy
5.0/10

It has been discussed earlier that Kia offers a real deal in its Soul powertrain. With an Intelligent Variable Transmission, the 2.0 L I-4 gives a whooping mileage of 35 mpg on the highways, 29 mpg in the city, and 31 mpg on average. These numbers are fascinating as it comes with an exciting performance curve. The fuel tank capacity of 14.3 allows it to have the highest range of 500 miles among the competitors. The higher power-weight ratio is one of the many reasons that can’t be ignored for such an achievement.

Models

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

MPG (City)

29

24

28

27

MPG (Highway)

35

32

34

33

MPG (Combined)

31

27

30

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.3

14

13.2

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

414.7/500.5/443.3

336/448/378

369.6/448.8/396

356.4/435.6/396

The engine twin Hyundai Kona offers an almost parallel mileage with 33 mpg on the highways and 30 mpg overall. The Chevrolet Trax comes with the least economy among them but a relatively bigger fuel tank compensates for its range. The HR-V lays behind the Soul at the sweet second spot in this specific domain. Therefore, the Kia Soul is simply a cornerstone with its powertrain prowess in this segment. 

Interior
8.6/10

The Kia Soul is a 5-seater that gets so much more than expected with each and every trim. The cabin is encompassed by the Woven Cloth Seat Trim which comes as a standard. This can further be upgraded to the Premium Tricot Cloth Trim in higher variants like the S and GT-Line trims. One gets a Painted Matte Silver Front Door Speaker as a standard with the D-Shaped Leather Steering Wheel in the GT-Line and Turbo. Moreover, one is entitled to a Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column that makes the front row pretty flexible.

2021 Kia Soul Wagon cockpit area

Models

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.4/55.5/41.1

39.6/54.1/40.8

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.6/55.5/41.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.5/54.7/38.8

38.8/52.8/35.7

38.3/54.5/39.3

37.8/54.7/38.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

62.1

48.4

58.8

45.8

Apart from the aforementioned, the Turbo interior accents and setup is one of a class with its Harman KardonAudio System which is coupled with the Center Speaker, Subwoofer, and External Amplifier. Moreover, it does get a Supervision Meter Instrument Cluster that is pretty attractive. On the scale of spaciousness, it marks top-notch with a cargo capacity of 62.1 cubic ft. In comparison to others, it offers a far better front and second row as well. Some of the features are:

  • Woven Cloth Seat Trim
  • Painted Matte Silver Front Door Speaker
  • 6-Speaker Audio System
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Kia Soul?

Just like its interior, the Kia Soul does not leave you unsatisfied with its packages. A 7-inch Color Touch-Screen Display with AM/FM/MP3 Player serves as a starter in the unit. This is then amplified with a 6-Speaker Audio System, Rear-Camera Display, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. As we move up to the higher trims the offerings get exciting with the Premium Navigation and UVO link in the EX and the Turbo trims.

2021 Kia Soul Wagon infotainment screen

The Turbo trim has an exclusive 10.25-inch Color Touch-Screen Display and Wireless Phone Charger with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio with a hefty price increment. The Dual Center Console with USB Charging Ports further makes up the list of features that can get you tempted. The highlights of this section are:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 7-inch Color Touch-Screen Display 
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio
  • UVO link
Exterior
8.0/10

An exterior appeal is as important as an interior accent. With regards to the Kia Soul, it fairly leaves a dent in its overall outlook with an unimpressive expression throughout. The exterior packages that come along do try to fill up the void to some extent. The Black Radiator Grille on the LX, S, and the X-Line covers most of the front fascia. While the same is accomplished with the Hot Stamping Type Front Grille in the GT-Line, EX, and the Turbo. On top of that, the X-line and GT-line get an exclusive body kit for them. The rear of it is pretty impressive with a touch of Chrome-Tipped Center Exhaust. 

2021 Kia Soul Wagon 

Models

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

Curb Weight (lb)

2844

3124

2959

2899

Length (inches)

165.2

167.2

170.4

164

Width (inches)

70.9

69.9

69.8

70.9

Height (inches)

63

64.9

63.2

61.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.7

6.2

5.4

6.7

Wheelbase (inches)

102.4

100.6

102.8

102.4

In terms of dimensions, one can’t conclude much as they are well within the standard figures and close to one another. The Chevrolet Trax appears to be a little more than the others for its weight department and thus needs a reduction for sure. The dimensional aspect of the Kia Soul depicts that it has been contained well within a compact design cuboid to avoid a much-expected toppling for such Bodystyle. Some of the features are:

  • Hot Stamping Type Front Grille
  • Black Radiator Grille
  • Chrome-Tipped Center Exhaust
  • X-Line Exclusive Body Kit
Safety
7.0/10

The Kia Soul has an artillery of advanced and standard safety features which include the Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Anti-Lock Brake System, and many more across all trims. The higher trims may seem a bit more flashy with the Blind-Spot Monitoring and Forward Collision-Mitigation Assist which become standard from the S trim. The batch of features further extends to Smart Cruise Control that is available in the Turbo trim. 

Apart from the Active features, the passive features and body structure are also well-engineered. The Structural impact resilience makes it worthy of the “Top Safety Pick” award by the IIHS. Further adding to that, it gets a 4-overall rating in the NHTSA crash tests which concretes the safety dimension for the Kia Soul. A few features are: 

  • Forward Collision-Mitigation Assist
  • Smart Cruise Control 
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Vehicle Stability Management
Competition
6.0/10

2021 Kia Soul vs. 2021 Chevrolet Trax 

The Kia Soul is a top scorer on all fronts right from space management to fuel economy. Its richness is with its powertrain abilities on the track without any compromise with the practicality. Unfortunately, the same cannot be stated for the Chevrolet Trax as in comparison to the Soul, it lags behind in all the parameters. It also lacks cargo space. On the whole, Kia Soul will suit your budget. 

2021 Chevrolet Trax 

2021 Kia Soul vs. 2021 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is quite an intuitive one that has a decent fuel economy and cargo spacing, unlike Trax but these miss by a few inches to outclass the Kia Soul. The Soul has a better performance and braking efficiency than the HR-V. Moreover, the Kia has a higher value return when invested in it with much better ergonomics and comfortable row seatings. Thus, one should give a preference to the Soul over the HR-V.

2021 Honda HR-V

 

Final Verdict

The Kia Soul is one of the best in the segment with top-performing figures in all categories. One can be assured of his/her safety with its baggage of features that are meant for that purpose. Among all, the LX is surely not a one to be given preference but apart from that, one can choose any trim which suits his/her finance and expense. Further adding to that, the Hyundai Kona can also be thought of simultaneously.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$21690

body style

4dr Wagon

engine type
displacement

122 cu in

horse power

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

1-Speed CVT

dimensions
length

165.2 in

wheelbase

102.4 in

width

70.9 in

curb weight

2844 lbs

Height

63 in

Ground Clearance

6.7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

12.3 cu ft

cargo volume

62.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

28/27/33 mpg

highway range

471.90 mi

warranty
basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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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