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Kia Soul
2021 Kia Soul
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$17,490
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2021 Mazda 3 Sedan
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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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Overview

Engine
2.0-liter Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.0-liter Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Transmission
6-Speed Manual
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Transmission
6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 25 MPG
Hwy: 31 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 28 MPG
Hwy: 36 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 23 MPG
Hwy: 30 MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity
14.3 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
13.2 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
13.2 gallons
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Trunk Volume
N/A
Trunk Volume
13.2 ft³
Trunk Volume
N/A
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down
N/A
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down
N/A
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down
53.7 ft³

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
2.0-liter Inline-4 Gas
2.0-liter Inline-4 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Horsepower
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
155 hp @ 6000 rpm
228 hp @ 4700 rpm
Torque
132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Transmission
6-Speed Manual
6-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive

Steering

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter
34.8 ft
34.8 ft
35.8 ft

Wheels

Wheels Type
Steel Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
Front Wheel Size
16" x 6.5"
16" x 6.5"
18" x 7.5"
Rear Wheel Size
16" x 6.5"
16" x 6.5"
18" x 7.5"

Suspension

Front Suspension
Strut
Strut
Strut
Rear Suspension
Torsion Beam
Torsion Beam
Multi-Link

Tires

Front Tire
P205/60HR16
P205/60HR16
P225/40HR18
Rear Tire
P205/60HR16
P205/60HR16
P225/40HR18
Spare Tire
Compact
Compact
Compact

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
27 MPG
31 MPG
26 MPG
City
25 MPG
28 MPG
23 MPG
Highway
31 MPG
36 MPG
30 MPG

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.6 Tons/yr
5.7 Tons/yr
6.9 Tons/yr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
14.3 gallons
13.2 gallons
13.2 gallons
Cruising Range City
357.5 miles
369.6 miles
303.6 miles
Cruising Range Highway
443.3 miles
475.2 miles
396 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
165.2 in
183.5 in
168 in
Height
63 in
56.9 in
57.8 in
Max Width
70.9 in
70.7 in
70.8 in
Front Width
62 in
61.7 in
60.6 in
Rear Width
62.4 in
62.2 in
59.7 in
Wheelbase
102.4 in
107.3 in
103.6 in
Ground Clearance
6.7 in
5.5 in
5.1 in

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
5 seater
5 seater
5 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
41.1 in
42.3 in
41.2 in
Front Seat Headroom
39.4 in
38 in
38.4 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
55.5 in
55.7 in
55.9 in
Front Seat Hip Room
N/A
54.6 in
N/A
Rear Seat Leg Room
38.8 in
35.1 in
35.6 in
Rear Seat Headroom
39.5 in
37.3 in
38.1 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
54.7 in
53.5 in
53.9 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
N/A
50.9 in
N/A

Weight and Towing

Curb Weight
2,802 lbs
3,071 lbs
3,062 lbs

Cargo Space

Trunk Volume
N/A
13.2 ft³
N/A
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up
24.2 ft³
N/A
17.4 ft³
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down
N/A
N/A
53.7 ft³

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

Sparkling Silver
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Sonic Silver Metallic
  • Dark Iron Blue Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Pure White
  • Tornado Red

Optional Exterior Colors

  • Cherry Black
  • Snow White Pearl
N/A
N/A

Standard Interior Materials

  • Black, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Black, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Titan Black w/Clark Plaid, Cloth Seating Surfaces

Features and Options

Infotainment

HD Radio
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Bluetooth Connection
Standard
Standard
Standard
Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard
Standard
WiFi Hotspot
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input
Standard
Standard
Standard
MP3 Player
Standard
Standard
Standard

Interior Trim

Bucket Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Steering Wheel
Not Available
Not Available
Standard

Comfort

Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Cruise Control
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Heated Front Seat(s)
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Keyless Entry
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Power Passenger Seat
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Remote Engine Start
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Keyless Start
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Telematics
Not Available
Standard
Standard

Safety

Safety Features

Back-Up Camera
Standard
Standard
Standard
Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Lane Departure Warning
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Lane Keeping Assist
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
ABS
Standard
Standard
Standard
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Standard
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
Standard

US NHTSA crash test result

Overall Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Side Crash Rating
Rollover Rating

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion
5 Years / 100,000 Miles
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
7 Years / 100,000 Miles
Drivetrain
10 Years / 100,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Maintenance
N/A
N/A
2 Years / 20,000 Miles