Five Reasons to Choose a Used Kia Soul

March 15th, 2024 by

A red, a light green, and a dark green 2021 Kia Soul parked on an empty desert road.

When shopping for your next vehicle, you have a lot of options available to you; looking at the entirety of the auto market can be immediately overwhelming, even for the most experienced car shopper. If you narrow down your options a bit, things get easier, but even if you know you want a specific class—like a subcompact SUV—you still have a huge number of options to choose from.

Fortunately, as your new and used Kia dealer, we’re here to make things as simple as possible and point you in the right direction for your next vehicle with a single word: Soul. For more than a decade, the Kia Soul has been a favorite of many drivers, and all it takes is one good look at this beauty to see why. Although we love the look and feel of a new Soul, we also know that new vehicles aren’t the right choice for every driver—and that’s where a pre-owned Kia Soul comes into play.

With a used Soul, you get to enjoy the sporty performance, nimble handling, and great features that Kia has packed into this little SUV while going easy on your budget. We should say going even easier on your budget, really, since this is already one of the most affordable and budget-friendly models on the market. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of choosing a used Kia Soul and whether one of these great little vehicles is right for you.

Reason #1: An Incredible Bargain

We already mentioned its affordability, but honestly, this is such an incredible advantage of choosing a pre-owned Kia Soul that we had to go deeper with it. For many of us, one of the best reasons to pick any used vehicle is to save money; surviving in the modern world is expensive, but you need a vehicle that you can count on.

A used Kia is one of the best values on the market since you save money from its original price, skip out on a lot of initial depreciation, and get a great vehicle that you know you can count on for many years to come. But a used Kia Soul represents an even greater value because this is one of the least expensive vehicles on the market when sold as new.

Honestly, a brand-new Soul costs less than plenty of other vehicles out there when they’re sold as new, which tells you how well Kia understands the needs of drivers for great vehicles that go easy on the wallet. With a pre-owned Soul, you save even more money, giving you a terrific ride that you can count on to get you to work each day, pick up the kids at school, run errands on the weekend, and everything else you need. As long as you shop at a dealership that you know you can trust, with great used vehicles in excellent condition, a pre-owned Soul is a terrific investment.

An orange 2019 Kia Soul driving on a tree-lined road.

Reason #2: Powerful Performance

The Kia Soul is a subcompact SUV, which means you don’t expect a powerful engine in it like you might find in a sports car or full-size truck. That being said, you still deserve to have a great driving experience, and this is something Kia clearly understands since the Soul has been designed and engineered to be fun to drive. Looking at models from the past few years, the standard engine in the Soul is a 2.0L I-4 that offers 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, which comes with front-wheel drive.

The current Soul pairs this engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while older ones from 2020—when the current generation launched—have a six-speed manual transmission available, too. What really makes a used Soul shine, however, is the available engine that you can find in it: a 1.6L Turbo that delivers 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. You can see this is a lot more power than you get from the standard engine, and we strongly recommend looking for a used Soul with this one in it.

Here’s the tricky part, though: Kia discontinued this turbocharged engine starting with the 2023 model year, so you’ll only find it on used Soul models prior to that. Honestly, this is one of the biggest reasons we suggest a pre-owned Soul to any of our customers looking for a subcompact SUV that’s incredibly fun to drive. It’s also the engine many of us look for when shopping for a Soul for our personal use.

Reason #3: A Gorgeous Exterior

One of our favorite things about the Kia Soul is that it looks so much different from most other SUVs out there these days. While not everyone appreciates the boxy look and design of the Soul, to us, it’s an iconic part of the modern auto industry and a great way to make your vehicle stand out.

Let others struggle to find their SUV in a packed parking lot since it looks like every other vehicle there. Discovering the distinct shape of a 2021 Kia Soul is easy and will have you inside and on the road in no time. More than just its looks, however, the Kia Soul is also quite functional in its design, and recent models have built on this beautifully. The large rear hatch is easy to open and close, making it simple to get to your stuff in the back of the Soul—perfect for enjoying time off or running errands.

The design of the modern Soul also gives it a high stance and driving position, providing you with a clear view of the road ahead of you. This can help with faster response times since you see things more easily and adds to the feeling of being in command of the road when you’re behind the wheel.

Reason #4: Sophisticated Features

Another of our favorite things about the Kia Soul is how beautifully the interior has been designed and appointed to ensure you and your passengers are all comfortable. We have customers all the time who are surprised to discover just how spacious the Soul is inside—something you might not expect from a subcompact model like this—so you and your passengers will have plenty of room to stretch out.

The quality materials used inside the Soul stand up well to wear and tear, so even with a used model, you’ll get an interior that looks great and can take some abuse from young ones. With comfortable seating and plenty of climate controls, this is also a great pick if you like to go on road trips and need a vehicle that your family will enjoy driving for hours at a time.

Purple ambient lighting inside a 2021 Kia Soul at a used Kia dealer.

Reason #5: Advanced Technology

Looking at used vehicles—even from four years ago—it’s easy to find models that are surprisingly lacking in modern tech features; that’s not something you have to worry about with the Soul. Starting with its latest generation and the 2020 model year, the Soul comes with a 7.0-inch infotainment display standard, with a 10.25-inch screen available.

You can find both of these displays in used models, along with other impressive tech like an available ten-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, an 8.0-inch head-up display, and more. One thing worth noting is that an 8.0-inch infotainment screen became standard starting with the 2022 model year, making this an important one to look for if that’s something you want.

Ready to Find Your Next SUV?

As you can see, a great used Kia Soul can have a lot to offer, but it’s important that you have plenty of models to choose from. Here at Rusty Wallace Kia of Knoxville, we’re committed to helping all of our customers get the perfect vehicle with all of the features they’ve been looking for. With a used Kia Soul, you can find a terrific SUV that’s fun to drive, with great features, a sporty design, and impressive technology, all while saving a lot of money.

Whether you already know everything you want or you’re still figuring things out, we’re here to help. The Kia Soul can be the perfect vehicle for getting to work each day, enjoying time off, and everything in between, and we think it’s time you find the SUV you’ve been looking for.

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