No more manual transmisison.
After revealing a new logo earlier this year, Kia is starting to replace its outgoing badge on facelifted models like the 2022 Telluride. Following the popular Telluride, the 2022 Kia Soul is the next vehicle to receive the Korean automaker's latest emblem, replacing the outgoing black oval. The new badge appears on the hood, liftgate, and wheel center caps. Although the 2022 Soul is mostly a carryover from the 2021 model year, there are a few important changes to report.
Kia will offer six Soul trims for 2022, including LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, and Turbo (previously called the GT-Line Turbo). The first five trims use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, powering the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. The available six-speed manual transmission previously offered on the entry-level LX has been discontinued.
Though the LX loses its manual option, it gains other nice features. As standard, the LX now gets an eight-inch touchscreen, up from seven inches last year. An optional Technology Package adds 16-inch alloy wheels and several driver-assistance technologies such as blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic assistant, lane change assist, forward collision avoidance, lane, keep assist, and driver attention warning.
The S, X-Line, and GT-Line see upgrades as well. These trims now get a 10.25-inch touchscreen as standard equipment with built-in navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a wireless charger, and two USB ports. On the LX, S, and EX trims, Steel Gray replaces Sparkling Silver.
Buyers who want more power can still opt for the Soul Turbo, which includes a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder pumping out a healthy 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine still sends its power exclusively to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Pricing for the base LX now starts at $19,190, significantly higher than last year's base version with the manual transmission ($17,490). The other trims increase in price as well with the S for $21,490, the X-Line for $22,590, GT-Line for $22,590, EX for $23,490, and Turbo for $27,790.