The subcompact crossover segment has become increasingly competitive over the past several years with new models springing up every new cycle. While tried and true names like the Nissan Juke and hot up-and-comers like the Honda HR-V are going to draw a lot of looks, customers interested in this segment should first consider the arguable progenitor of the craze: the quirky, distinctive 2017 Kia Soul.
Apart from its unmistakable profile and devil-may-care aesthetic, the most attractive part of the 2017 Kia Soul may be its price. The 2017 Soul starts at $16,840 MSRP after destination charges, putting it comfortably below the 2017 Nissan Juke S’s comparably-equipped base of $21,190 and the 2017 Honda HR-V LX (MT)’s $20,265. With as much as $4,350 extra in your pocket, you will have considerable room to upscale your Soul with additional packages and accessories.
The 2017 Soul also gets the edge in terms of safety, pulling in a five-star front driver crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—outscoring both the Juke and HR-V by a full star. And because sometimes the little things can matter, too, the 2017 Soul is the only vehicle of the three to come standard with overhead storage and dual illuminated vanity mirrors.
The 2017 Soul beats back both the 2017 Juke and HR-V in terms of interior space. Passenger volume in the Soul totals 101 cubic feet, more than 14 cubic feet better than the Juke. The 2017 Soul also bests the competition in terms of front and rear hip room, rear shoulder room, second row head room, and overall width, while matching the Juke for front headroom. In the 2017 Soul, there’s simply more space to go around.
When it comes to protection, the 2017 Kia Soul is untouchable with Kia’s five-year/60,000-mile basic and 10-year/100,000-mile warranty. Kia is so certain that you will be satisfied with your new Soul that it is willing to guarantee it for longer than Honda or Nissan will guarantee their respective subcompacts. That’s peace of mind that you will come to appreciate in the long run.
If you are searching for the best in the subcompact crossover segment and find yourself leaning in the direction of a Soul, be sure to stop into Bob Sight Kia to seal the deal.