2014 Kia Soul ~ One of the Smoothest Rides!

kia soul 001Disclosure: We were able to test drive the 2014 Kia Soul for week to review. All opinions are my own. 


The new 2014 Kia Soul is not a car I would have normally considered before but so glad I had a chance to test drive it to change my mind. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight when it arrived at my doorstep a few weeks ago. First off, it was Eagles green (can you tell I am not a fan) and the design wasn’t something I cared for too much. However, what it packs under the hood and in performance is far more than what meets the eye.

Let me start off by saying that once I got past the color it wasn’t such a bad looking car after all and it totally grew on me. One thing I love about the exterior design of this vehicle is the uniqueness of the lights. I have never seen lights like this and it’s one thing that separates the 2014 Kia Soul from the rest of the cars in it’s class.


Once you get in this car and close the door you are in awe. The Infinity audio system is spectacular and to top it off, the speakers change colors! You can just imagine how amazed the girls where at this feature. It’s nothing but smooth sailing when you turn on the ignition of the 2.0L gas direct injection 4-cyl engine. My husband said this is one of the smoothest rides and I totally agree. My entire family of five seats comfortably in the 2014 Kia Soul with room to spare. I didn’t hear a complaint from either three of the girls. They were too busy checking out the cool lights from the speakers.


The 2014 Kia Soul is equipped with everything you need to have a safe ride with the family. From the rear camera display (always a plus) to the dual front advanced air bags and anti lock breaks. The 2014 Kia Soul offers a safe, reliable, and enjoyable ride for all parties involved. You also never have to worry about getting lost when traveling with the Navigation system by your side. Other great features of the 2014 Kia Soul include power windows and locks, 17″ Alloy wheels, Sirius/XM Satelite radio, USB jacks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and much more. You’ll also enjoy wintry weather and appreciate the power heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicators.

Overall, the 2014 Kia Soul is an amazing vehicle. It offers a smooth ride with push button start and some excellent features the entire family will enjoy. It’s not bulky and super easy to maneuver and park. I was surprised at how little parking space this took up in the parking lots. The trunk space is a little smaller for my taste but is still wide enough to handle large shopping trips. I give the 2014 Kia Soul a 4 out of 5 stars because it blew away my expectations and I can always go with another exterior color to my liking. I would definitely consider purchasing this vehicle!

Check out the 2014 Kia Soul and all it has to offer by visiting  kia.com or your local Kia dealer!!


  1. Debra Sauvageau says

    Like you..I just don’t care for the color or the design of these cars…however, after reading your review, I may have to do some research on this car. I require lots of trunk room – but the other features sound awesome. Thanks for the review.

  2. Gerald Schultz says

    I have been retired for ten years and I need to replace a Lexus IS250C hardtop convertible in a year with a more practical and economical car. I have owned a Lexus RX350, Infinity QX70. Mini Cooper convertible, two Volvo turbo Wagons, Nissan 350Z , Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible, Lexus CT200 hybrid, Infinity G350, Toyota Avalon and a Audi A6 Station Wagon in the last 15 years. I did extensive modifications to one of the Volvo Wagons, the Eclipse and the Mini Cooper. I was using a laptop Nav system before Navigation systems were commercially available. I enjoy driving the latest new cars and using the latest electronic gadgets. I usually spend a lot of time online investigating cars before I go to dealers to make a final decision. My current car search is centered on Smaller SUV’s and wagon’s which cost around $30.000 loaded. I need space behind the front seats and a comfortable drivers seat ….. I’m 6’4″ and 250 pounds. It will be my only car. I research forums and third party accessory suppliers to see what current owners are doing with their cars.

    The KIA Soul first came to my attention when I helped one of my grand daughters recently buy a new car …. she purchased a KIA Optima. I also helped another grand daughter buy a Hyundai Veloster when they first came out ….. Soul’s twin. I was not impressed with the “cubes” I saw on the road but I didn’t know who’s cube I was looking at. The Soul looked interesting but I couldn’t convince my grand daughter to consider it. She was convinced it was a small SUV. When I started to research cars I included the KIA Soul. I was surprised at how much storage, rear seat room and horsepower the Soul had compared to similar cars. It also seems to be competitive based on safety ratings, quality, Mini like popularity, sales data and current owners experience. On the negative side I expected KIA and third party vendors to offer more accessories for the Soul. KIA offers many more options i.e. color, engines etc. outside of the US? For me a turbo (like the Veloster), diesel or AWD would be real positive. Reviewers are very positive about the Soul. It’s important to read reviews carefully to eliminate negative comments about things that don’t matter to you. Compared to cars I drove in the 1960’s – 1980’s todays cars are way better. The 2014 Soul seems to have things important to me ….. easy access, adequate space, lots of options, leather seats, popularity, unique design, electronic technology, acceptable compromise between “fun to drive” and comfort and most of the options I want. Unlike what seems to be popular i.e. power passenger seats, memory seats, dual AC and heating, cruise control, more than seven speakers I like real conveniences like rain-sensing wipers, power rear doors, blind spot detectors and auto braking. When I start looking at cars at dealers the Soul will be on my list. Hopefully they will add even more options so I can spend $30,000 and get everything I want. I spent well over $40,000 on a Mini Cooper and it was “fun to drive” but lacked comfort, space and many options I wanted.

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