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26 City / 31 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 1.6L DOHC MPI CVVT I4 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, gas shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear suspension -inc: coil springs, gas monotube shock absorbers
  • Engine-speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Front vented/rear solid pwr disc brakes

Exterior Features

  • 15" steel wheels w/full covers
  • P195/65R15 all-season tires
  • Body-colored bumpers
  • Body-colored front/rear fascias w/black inserts
  • Black bodyside moldings & front fender garnish
  • Chrome-accented front grille
  • Clear-lens halogen headlamps w/auto-off
  • Black manual mirrors
  • Tinted solar glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear windshield wiper w/washer
  • Black door handles

Entertainment Features

  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: USB port, auxiliary input jack, (4) speakers
  • SIRIUS satellite radio -inc: 3-month trial subscription

Interior Features

  • Cloth front bucket seats -inc: active headrests
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat -inc: adjustable head restraints
  • Instrument panel storage bin
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Instrumentation -inc: tachometer, outside temp display, digital clock
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr door locks
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster
  • Dual level glove box
  • Dual front cup holders
  • Dual rear bottle holders
  • Dual front door map pockets -inc: bottle holders
  • 12V pwr outlet
  • Lighting -inc: cargo lamp, dome lamp w/delay

Safety Features

  • Electronic stability control (ESC) w/traction control (TCS)
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) -inc: electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA)
  • 5-MPH bumpers
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Dual front advanced airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor
  • Front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Front/rear side curtain airbags
  • 3-point seat belts in all seating positions -inc: front height-adjustable anchors, front pretensioners, front force limiters
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Impact absorbing steering column

2011 Kia Soul Owner Reviews

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Kia soul review from a small town college student with said outlook on life.

2011 Kia Soul Base

My Kia Soul is a really good little car for me. It gets good gas mileage which is the first and foremost priority, it's 2019 and I can fill my car up for about $20 to get the whole tank full and it's efficient. it's an efficient little car and I love that about it. It's also quiet, which is important, and small but not squashed-feeling which is nice. I hate how other cars that are small you have to climb out of them to get out like little compact pods or something but the Kia Soul is not like that, and that's what I like about it. It's air conditioner works well, always a must, it's speaker system works well, which is always fun, I like that I can lay the seats down in the back and get a lot more trunk space to do whatever I want with. I have moved myself twice now in this car and it works really well. I also like how easily the spare tire is tucked away under the trunk, and the neat little trunk space for things like jumper cables and a jack and everything you need in there. It is very well designed and easy to live the car life in, and I like my Kia soul a lot.

- Carolyn D

Reliable little workhorse

2011 Kia Soul Base

I have 2011 Kia Soul (base). It currently has over 256,000 miles. I have the oil changed every other month as I drive close to 200 miles a day to work and back. Love the handling and it has a great turn radius. Lots of storage. I can easily haul 3 full size bales of hay in the trunk with the back seats folded down. Guy at feed store said there was no way I was getting them all in there. Proved him wrong. Hauled a piano and regularly haul 30 x 80 doors (am remodeling house). Had to replace the clutch at 158,000 and some other parts at around 200,000, but otherwise it runs like a champ. Averages about 32 mpg. It's been a totally reliable workhorse. I need this car to run to at least 300,000, so hopefully by then I can afford to get another one. Would like to buy new as I have had bad experiences in the past with other makes of used vehicles. But will definitely look for another Kia Soul.

- Tamara H

This car is really small so really easy to maneuver and drive around anywhere.

2011 Kia Soul Base

This car is really comfortable and reliable. The mileage on the gas is really great. It also really works well in fitting into parking stalls and parallel parking. It's a really small car so it is easy to drive and maneuver around. Although it is small on the outside it is surprisingly big on the inside. Whenever we shop for groceries we can fit many groceries in the car. The stereo also works really well so driving around listening to music is great. The only problem is that the tire suspension is kind of bumpy. But other than that this is an amazing car and fun to drive around. I haven't had maintenance problems that often and I love how well the car performs. Great car and highly recommended by me.

- Jacob M

The Kia Soul is a reliable car, it is good on gas, comfortable to drive.

2011 Kia Soul Base

The Kia Soul is the best car I have ever owned. I have the very first model that came out, and I would gladly go buy the newer model. It is very reliable and has never let me stranded anywhere. I use it a lot to travel and it's great on mileage. It's my everyday car from home to school and work. A full tank will last me the whole week, and as a college student this is very convenient. The only problem I have ever had with this car is with the a/c. When I took it to the mechanic it was difficult to repair because most of the parts for this specific model are not sold anymore, not even in the dealership. I did end up repairing it but it took a while using other parts that are not for my car.

- Samara C

This is the best car and I will likely get another when I am ready for a new one.

2011 Kia Soul Base

My car has never needed anything other than routine maintenance until this year when the exhaust pipe rusted. This only happened because I hardly used the vehicle for about a year. It is the base, manual transmission model and I have found it to be very comfortable and reliable. Although it appears small from the outside, it is surprisingly spacious on the inside: comfortable for a man over 6 ft tall to sit in the back seat and large enough to move a loveseat sofa.

- Robyn C

Kia soul one of the best cars I've owned

2011 Kia Soul Base

I have had my Soul for about 2 years. It runs great, has never broken down or needed any repairs. I have basic features and basic model. I really like when I play music, the lights in my door around the speaker light up to the color of your choosing in the settings. As the bass plays the color goes with the pattern all the way around. If I could change something about the car, it would be to make automatic locking doors after you start driving like most cars have

- Brandy M

Great and Reliable Car Choice

2011 Kia Soul Base

My Kia has been extremely reliable. I have driven many road trips in it and I have never had any issues. Additionally, the gas mileage is amazing especially compared to other cars. Although the Kia may seem like it is a small car, it can actually fit much more than one would think. I know from experience that the back seat is roomy because I can fit two booster seats and a baby seat in the back. Over all, I am very pleased with the performance of my Kia.

- Rachel B

A little too small if you have more than one child.

2011 Kia Soul Base

My Kia soul is a great car. The gas mileage is not too high and it is cheap to fill up. I bought this vehicle 2 months before having my youngest. I currently have a 8 year old and 3 year old so we are kind of growing out of it. The trunk space is not that great for strollers or if you are wanting to pack for a trip. We took it to the beach and it was a little difficult packing it up for four people. But it is a very dependable little car.

- Andrea H

Kia Soul- cute, cozy, reliable

2011 Kia Soul Base

The only problem I have with my car is the trunk space is quite small. It's not a big deal if you lay the back seat down but the trunk itself is pretty small. I haven't had any performance issues with my car. I'm not the best at remembering to get the oil changed and the car still runs great. It has been reliable for the past 7 years. It doesn't have Bluetooth connection, which is inconvenient but not a deal breaker.

- Brenda R

Not just a Kia, but a special one

2011 Kia Soul Base

Only thing I don't like about my car is that the brakes and acceleration is really sensitive. I love the size and the gas mileage and the overall style of it fits me very well! I wish the color selection was a bit more vast but it's not the biggest concern I had. The repair aspect of it is pretty decent. I've had my car for a year and have some stuff I have to take care of but it took awhile for it to get there

- Michaela A

The best safe compact car.

2011 Kia Soul Base

I love the size of the soul. It is large enough on the inside that it feels like you are in an SUV, but small enough on the outside that you can squeeze into tight parking spots. I feel very safe and secure in this car--I was in a fender bender and there was very minimal damage. It is a good sturdy, reliable car. However, if you want a lot of trunk space, this is not the car for you.

- Angela G

Great all-around vehicle!

2011 Kia Soul Base

I love my Kia soul! It greats great gas mileage and is roomy enough for 4 adults and their luggage to go on a road trip. I can also fit 8 ft 2x4s down the center inside and a 10 ft pipe sticking out the rear window passengers window. I like that the Bluetooth came standard, I use it daily. The only problem I have really had is with the paint bubbling on the rear by the tail lights.

- Hillary C

2011 Kia Soul Base

This was my first car and it has been perfect for a commuter vehicle. It started as bringing back and forth to school and now I drive it back and for to work. The amenities are well designed and the it handles nicely. It drives smoothly and is the perfect size for parallel parking in the busy city. Over all the car has aged well, only needing minor repair pretty recently.

- Sarah G

Both Comfortable and Spacious

2011 Kia Soul Base

We bought it used and as such, there are a few problems that aren't really the fault of the car, but overall it's a joy to use. We go on trips occasionally and the amount of storage space we can get with the backseat down is absolutely phenomenal. You sit up rather high when driving, compared to a lot of cars and that helps with visibility more than I'd expect as well.

- Nikki E

It's doesn't have many blind spots. Has lots of airbags.

2011 Kia Soul Base

It does not have a real trunk. The trunk can't even hold up to 20 pounds without the tire cover falling and bending. I wish it had a solid trunk for travel and shopping. It's hard to clip car seats in because the clips are hard to reach in the seat. The seats are pretty comfortable. The car gets hot and takes awhile to cool off. It has no air vents in back seat.

- Morgan H

Reliable car just needs attention to detail

2011 Kia Soul Base

She is a good car. However, she is really loud when it comes to driving. Also, she needs filled up a lot-the gas mileage is not the best. Reliable car though. The car has a problem with wind, I am unsure of how you would word that. When driving in severe thunderstorms or very windy areas the car is pushed around a lot. Car battery also needs changed frequently.

- Sam S

Basic review for Kia soul

2011 Kia Soul Base

My Kia Soul is very comfortable and snazzy, I like the heated seats and the sunroof. I also enjoy the lights on the speakers. There is a large amount of trunk space. The windshield wipers are not super effective but that's okay most of the time. Averages around 19 miles per gallon, but not terrible considering it is a very boxy car. I like this car a lot.

- Sam S

The ins and outs of the 2011 Kia soul.

2011 Kia Soul Base

It is the second year made of soul. I have had no problems with it: it drives and rides nice. I have problem getting in and out of the car sits to low. The Kia is just right. It gets good gas mileage. It comes fully equipped. I didn't need to ask for extras. I have had the car going on 8 years and I am very glad I brought it.

- Vincent I

very roomy Great miles per gallon Easy to drive Easy to travel with

2011 Kia Soul Base

We have had our Kia for about 4 years now . I can honestly say for the model we have it is roomy and we can even go to costco with this car. The mile per gallon is great and we have not had any work on the car, minus a new battery which comes with the Texas heat. this car has enough room for 5 adults to fit comfortably .

- Sydney M

Great car overall! I would definitely recommend to everyone! Go buy one today!

2011 Kia Soul Base

Very reliable!! I love driving it everywhere! Great on gas! It's small but very roomy! I once fit 7 people in is so that's great! When on long car trips we always take my car and it saves so much money! I would recommend a Kia Soul to everyone I know! So if you want a reliable car buy a Kia Soul!

- Lindsay S

Kia Soul everyone should own one

2011 Kia Soul Base

To me it is just a vehicle that I can get around in like go to the grocery store or the doctor's office. Nothing out of the ordinary to report on. It gives me no issues, I have had no major problems with it since I purchased it. I take it in for regular maintenance and it still runs like new.

- Gloria S

Small but durable and versatile car

2011 Kia Soul Base

Recently it has started stalling whenever we try to turn it on or fall under a certain speed, although it has been taken to car shops for fixing they haven't been able to completely stop/fix the problem. Other than that, it has held up rather well through continuous and extended use.

- Mariana R

Reliable but not the height of luxury

2011 Kia Soul Base

My Kia Soul is very reliable. It doesn't shut down often, nor does it experience many problems. I didn't rate it a five however, because the seats are uncomfortable and not suitable for long distance driving. Also, the Bluetooth function is not as easy to use as more current models

- Grace R

I absolutely love my Kia Soul!

2011 Kia Soul Base

I absolutely love my Kia Soul! It drives well in all sorts of weather, rain, snow, ice. The gas mileage is good. It came with a 5 year warranty., which was fantastic. It's comfortable and a great driving car. It's roomy inside and small enough to parallel park anywhere.

- Stacie S

I love the sun roof and the heated seats.

2011 Kia Soul Base

Not roomy enough. I do not like how the cup holders are situated. Do not like the color of the car. I love for it to have more features, like a backup camera and apple carplay. The hatchback is too small and there is not enough room in the back seat.

- Mary W

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