2020 Kia Soul X-Line Test Drive

“2020 Kia Soul X-Line 4-door Hatchback” Third Generation Soul Exhibits Positive Evolution Kia’s 2020 Soul lineup continues to evolve with its iconic ectomorphic form and silhouette, but on an all-new platform. AWD and optional turbocharging are not offered on this popular subcompact .econo-box hatch crossover that does display a more progressive design, modernized technology and…

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2017 Kia Soul Turbo Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer The Soul has been an overachiever in the Kia lineup since it first went on sale in 2009. Finally, after finishing as the second best-selling Kia the last few years it pushed the Optima out of the number one spot in 2016 to become America?s Favorite Kia. It?s easy to…

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2017 Kia SoulTurbo ! Test Drive

?2017 Kia Soul Turbo !? The “Hamstars” get a Boost The 2017 Kia Soul Turbo has upped its level of soul for the new model year, adding a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine to its lineup. The Hamsters (?Hamstars?) who represent the already iconic vehicle in clever commercials now have more power – 45 more horses to…

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2016 Kia Soul EV Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Over the last few years we?ve have driven about a dozen different all-electric vehicles and the more we drive an EV, the more we like them. Sure, we still have a twinge of range anxiety each time, but the comfort level keeps improving and part of that is because the…

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2015 Kia Soul EV+ Test Drive

“2015 Kia Soul EV +” The Hamsters Are in Charge The Kia Soul in all of its trim levels has been a raging success since its introduction a few years ago, promoted by a loveable group of hip hamsters. The Kia Soul has steadily evolved each year, and so has the hamster gang, growing more…

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2015 Kia Soul EV Market Expanded

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Seattle ? The last time we drove a Kia Soul EV you couldn?t even buy one where we live in Southern Washington, near Portland they were only sold in parts of California. But as supplies of vehicles is increased, fast chargers are installed and the dealership personnel are trained and…

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2015 Kia Soul EV Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer So, there we were in the 2015 Kia Soul EV, zipping silently through traffic on our way to Kohl?s department store. We live in the northeast part of the Portland (Oregon) Urban Metro area and even though there are several Kohl?s stores closer, we decided to push our comfort level…

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2015 Kia Soul EV Test Drive

By Barbara Schaffer Dana Point, Calif. ? Kia recently invited me to Southern California to sample a couple of their latest not so mainstream vehicles — an electric car and a minivan, which Kia prefers to call a multi-purpose vehicle, which actually makes more sense. Kia didn?t have a cake or blow out candles, but…

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Kia Soul Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer It may have been the brilliant series of head-bobbing hamsters in Kia advertising that initially helped fuel the success of Soul, but it?s the 2014 Kia Soul that has the elements to keep advancing Soul popularity as the ?hamsterian? novelty wears off. The 2014 Kia Soul takes the uniquely designed…

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