The Garage is no stranger to the lovable Kia Soul. We’ve reviewed it, and heck, we even drove it on a racetrack (why not?). At the 2011 New York Auto Show, Kia unveiled a refreshed Soul that should only help bring this uniquely styled funkster to the next level. For 2012, the Soul is receiving revised styling, with a new hood, front and rear bumpers. projector headlights, and LED daytime running lights. Inside, the Soul now has an available Infinity audio system, heated leather seats, automatic climate control, navigation, and push button start.
As much as we liked the Soul, we did wish for some more power, and for 2010, Kia has addressed that with two new direct injection engines: a 1.6L four rated at 135hp, and a 2.0L four rated at 160hp. While delivering more power, the Soul is still easy on gas-the 1.6L has an EPA rating of 28/34MPG city/highway. Going for the more powerful 2.0L only costs you 1MPG on both cycles. With a choice of a six-speed automatic or manual, there is no difference in fuel economy. While the Soul has been a success, we applaud Kia for keeping the Soul up to date. With more power and features, the Kia Soul continues its roll. Just watch out for envious hamsters.