We had a nice run, my old car and I. Lots of laughs, lots of music, lots of tickets, and lots of missed oil changes which consequently led to its demise. So I had to set out to find a new car somewhere in a twenty something first time car buyer’s price range. My pricing limit was $20k. After doing a few test drives of fords, hondas, and toyotas, I fell in love with the 2012 Kia Soul.
The 2012 Kia Soul is the perfect blend of economic miles per gallon, technology integration, and spaciousness. Although they look tiny from the outside, the inside is surprisingly roomy. It can seat 5…..4 comfortably and has a hatch back with storage space below the hatchback flooring. The two front seats are very roomy (I am 6’3″ tall and I have had problems with the sizes of other cars). The main thing I love, other than the 25-30 mpg I get, is the technology integration. My Kia has a quality review camera, displayed on the center console screen when in reverse. The same screen uses bluetooth capabilities to connect (wirelessly or through the standard cable) to my iPhone. Connecting wirelessly is automatic when the car is on and my phone can be in my pocket and still pay music and answer phone calls. I can connect with the standard apple cord for a different user interface. The car also has voice command which works great for phone calls and playlist or artist selection. My Soul has a full control steering wheel for the radio console. I am constantly learning new little tricks with the UVO, as it is called. The car just feels safe. I don’t feel trapped or claustrophobic (I did in the Ford Fiesta) . Kia is one of the fastest growing car companies and they recently revamped the body styles of all their models. I honestly love how the Soul looks, but if you aren’t into a unique stylization, they have many other models to choose from. Well anyway, I drove off in an all new Kia Soul with all the bells and whistles for about $17k.
Check out the official Kia Soul site
2012 Kia Soul,