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Kia Soul EV Gets Larger Battery, Improved Range For New MY 11
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Galleries, Kia, Kia Soul, new cars, prices, Reports on 01 11th, 2018


The electric version of the Kia Soul has entered its fourth year in the market, and changes made to it are quite considerable.

Quoting a document posted by EPA, InsideEVs states that the 2018 Kia Soul EV has a new 30kWh battery that replaces the old 27kWh version.

The extra 3kWh allow it to travel up to 111 miles (179km) on a single charge, or 18 miles (29km) longer than before, which bumps its combined MPGe to 108 from 105. Its range may not be as impressive as the Chevrolet Bolt’s 238 miles (383km), but is believed to help Kia sell more examples of the zero-emission Soul.

Previously available from an MSRP of $32,250, the Kia Soul EV has become a tad more expensive for the 2018MY, as it can be had from $33,950, as confirmed by the car marque’s official USA website. Opt for the 2018 Kia Soul EV+, though, with its extensive list of features, including leather trimmed seats, Park Assist, and others, and get ready to pay at least $35,950.

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Here Are The 15 Safest Cars For 2018, And Only One Is American, IIHS Says 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, BMW, featured, Genesis, Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, IIHS, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, LEXUS, Lincoln, Mazda, mercedes, nissan, Subaru, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, VOLVO on 12 7th, 2017


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed 15 vehicles qualified for their Top Safety Pick+ award following the decision to strengthen the requirements to include “good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.”

The winners were predominately German, Korean and Japanese cars including the Kia Forte sedan and Soul as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The list also includes the popular Toyota Camry as well as several different Subaru models including the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX.

Several luxury vehicles came away with the Top Safety Pick+ award and they include the BMW 5-Series, Lincoln Continental (the only American brand to make the list), and Genesis G80 and G90. Mercedes also made the list thanks to the E-Class sedan and GLC crossover.

47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick award and the updated requirements mean they all have either good or acceptable headlights. You can view the full list here but notable compact vehicles that earned the award include the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla. Other award winning sedans including the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

On the crossover side, the IIHS gave honors to the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Mitsubishi Outlander. Other notable models included the Honda Pilot, Lexus RX, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC60.

Trucks and minivans had a poor showing overall but the Chrysler Pacifica as well as the Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline made the cut.

The decision to increase the requirements was made because the IIHS says it “became clear that some manufacturers weren’t paying sufficient attention” to offering effective headlights and a safe environment for passengers.

According to IIHS President Adrian Lund, “Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are.” He added, “Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”

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IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Small cars

Kia Forte (sedan)
Kia Soul
Subaru Impreza
Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry

Large luxury cars

BMW 5 series
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lincoln Continental
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan)

Midsize SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Top Safety Pick

Small cars

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra GT
Mazda 3
Subaru Crosstrek
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize cars

Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima

Midsize luxury cars

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES
Lexus IS
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large cars

Kia Cadenza
Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs

Honda Pilot
Kia Sorento
Mazda CX-9
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60

Minivans

Chrysler Pacifica
Honda Odyssey

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline



Over 340,000 Kia Soul Models Recalled For Steering Issue 20
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Kia Soul, Recalls, Reports on 10 20th, 2017


Kia is recalling over 340,000 Soul models in the United States due to a steering issue.
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Kia Tops J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Fiat Finishes Last 22
Jun
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 2-Series, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford, Ford Mustang, Kia, Kia Cadenza, Kia Forte, Kia Niro, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, porsche, Porsche-911, Reports, Study, Toyota Camry on 06 22nd, 2017


J.D. Power has released its Initial Quality Study which found that new-vehicle quality has risen eight percent to its highest level ever recorded.
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Cheap Can Be Fun, Too: Here’s KBB’s 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18k 28
May
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Chevy Sonic, Honda Civic, honda-fit, Hyundai Veloster, Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul, Mazda3, Scion iM, subaru impreza, Toyota Corolla, VW Jetta on 05 28th, 2017


We know the problem all too well. You want to get a new car, and you want it to be cool, but you're on a budget. So what to do?
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Remember When These Boxy Japanese Wagons Were A Thing? 7
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Element, Kia, Kia Soul, nissan, Nissan Cube, Scion, Scion xB, Spotlight on 01 7th, 2017

Automotive trends come and go. These days it's all about oddly shaped crossover (faux) coupes. Before that, carmakers were clamoring to make hard-top convertibles. But a few years back, an unusual breed of boxy hatchback/wagon/crossover/things were all the rage – among Japanese automakers, anyway.
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Remember When These Boxy Japanese Wagons Were A Thing? 7
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Element, Kia, Kia Soul, nissan, Nissan Cube, Scion, Scion xB, Spotlight on 01 7th, 2017

Automotive trends come and go. These days it's all about oddly shaped crossover (faux) coupes. Before that, carmakers were clamoring to make hard-top convertibles. But a few years back, an unusual breed of boxy hatchback/wagon/crossover/things were all the rage – among Japanese automakers, anyway.
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Car And Driver Lists 2017’s 10Best Trucks & SUVs 7
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in audi, Audi Q7, BMW, BMW X1, Car Of The Year, Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford, Ford F-150, honda, Honda CR-V, Honda Ridgeline, Kia, Kia Soul, Mazda, Mazda CX-9, mercedes, Mercedes GLS, porsche, Porsche Macan on 12 7th, 2016


Following hot on the heels of its list of the 10Best cars for 2017, Car and Driver magazine has identified its top ten trucks and SUVs – covering a range of crossovers, sport-utes, pickups, and vans (mini or otherwise).
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2017 Kia Soul And Carens Go On Sale In UK 5
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Kia, Kia Ronda - Carens, Kia Soul, new cars, prices, UK on 12 5th, 2016


Unveiled at the last Paris Auto Show, the updated Kia Soul and Carens can now be ordered in the United Kingdom.
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Kia Turbocharges 2017 Soul With 201 Horses 9
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Galleries, Kia, Kia Soul, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 9th, 2016


The new Kia Soul Exclaim has just received a significant boost, thanks to the addition of the company’s turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI engine under the bonnet.
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Kia Drops By SEMA With Four New Customized Studies 1
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, concepts, Kia, Kia Concepts, Kia Niro, Kia Sedona, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, SEMA show on 11 1st, 2016


According to Kia, the car of the future will not only be capable of driving itself, but will also be tailor-built to our lifestyles.
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Kia Soul First Class Coming To SEMA To Preview The Future 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Kia, Kia Concepts, Kia Soul, SEMA show on 10 25th, 2016


Kia Motors America is putting the final touches on a tailor-built Soul Concept, which will be displayed at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
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Facelifted Kia Soul EV To Get A Boost In Range 24
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Kia, Kia Soul, Reports on 09 24th, 2016


The facelifted Kia Soul EV is expected to become the latest electric vehicle to enjoy a significant boost in range.
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2017 Kia Soul Gets 201 HP 1.6-Liter Turbo Four, 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission 23
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Kia, Kia Soul, new cars, Paris Auto Show on 09 23rd, 2016


Set to debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show before it will go on sale across Europe by the end of the year, the facelifted Kia Soul is here and it comes with a new petrol engine.
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Free Android Auto And Apple CarPlay Update Available On Certain Kia US Models 21
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Android, Apple, Gadgets, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Optima, Kia Sedona, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, Kia Sportage, Tech on 07 21st, 2016


As mobile devices are now part of our lives, Kia Motors America is winning a few extra points with certain vehicle owners by expanding the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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