Check out the "Alien Green" color - sporty, casual, and light enough to be a good pick for warmer weather climates.
The 2013 model features a pushbutton start, remote keyless entry, auto on/off headlights, sliding sunroof, and rear windshield wipers. I especially appreciated the rear camera display - ideal for pulling out of garages or tight spaces!
This particular model had a built-in voice navigation system, which could use some improvements. The "voice" kept informing me that there was "congestion ahead" when the streets were perfectly clear. I also found that the Google Maps app on my phone provided more accurate directions.
The KIA Soul averages 23-28mpg and starts at $14,440. That number can quickly approach the $25,000 mark with upgrades like leather seats, voice navigation system, etc.
Although the Soul wouldn't be a good pick for a family like ours since we currently have three little ones in car seats, it may be the right choice for a young professional or empty nester.
What color is your car? What features do you look for when shopping for a new vehicle?
* Thanks to Drive STI for this test drive experience.