February 28, 2017
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The Kia Soul has survived in a niche where many have failed. It is a square box yet stylish, sassy and it had a little bit of sex appeal. What’s more, this year’s edition was beefed up with added power. For 2017, the Soul got a 1.6-liter turbocharged direct injection four cylinder engine. It made 201 horsepower, up by 40, and 195 pound-feet of torque, up by 45 and it was mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Power not only went up but so did gas mileage. It had an EPA rating of 26 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined. This engine gave the car some spunk and quickness. In sport mode, it was very quick, gear selection was faster and steering stiffened. The flat bottomed steering wheel made the car really easy to maneuver and it had a tight turning radius of 34.8 feet.