2010 KIA SOUL+ NAMED "BEST NEW CAR FOR YOUR TEEN" BY KIPLINGER'S PERSONAL FINANCE
IRVINE, Calif., November 9, 2010 - The 2010 Kia Soul, Kia Motors America's (KMA) value-laden and uniquely styled urban passenger vehicle, recently added another award to its trophy case with Kiplinger's Personal Finance's designation of "Best New Car for Your Teen" for the Soul+ (plus) trim. The award-winning five-door was selected for its "cool factor," wide variety of standard technology and safety features as well as its funky design.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors considered all 2010 compact sedans under $20,000, including small hatchbacks, before selecting their top new car. Editors selected Soul+ as the best new car for its 56-percent resale value after three years, $15,890 sticker price as well as the low cost of vehicle insurance and maintenance.
A 2009 and 2010 "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2010 Soul has earned an impressive list of awards and accolades, including AAA's "Top Vehicle Pick for Dog Owners," "Best Family Cars for 2010" by Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine, "Best Hatchback of 2010" by Cars.com, "2010 Top Cars for Families" by Motherproof.com, "Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000" and "Top 10 Back-to-School Cars" for 2010 from Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.
Soul stands out from the crowd with modern, unique styling aimed toward the young and young-at-heart and offers a distinctive combination of style, value and personalization options. Soul is available in four trims - Soul, Soul+, Soul! (exclaim) and Soul sport. An available Audio Upgrade Package includes speaker lights that can pulse to the beat of the music or add mood lighting to the interior cabin, enhancing the overall personal lounge feeling. The Soul+ offers funky black cloth seats with "glowing" Soul logo inserts while the Soul! trim comes with a distinctive sand-black interior with houndstooth-patterned inserts, and the Soul sport presents a bold red-black interior trim with red-trimmed cloth seats and metal-finish interior accents.
All four Soul models also offer consumers the same exceptional level of standard safety equipment as all Kia vehicles, including front seat active headrests, dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted and full-length side curtain airbags, an Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Front and rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams, an impact-absorbing steering column and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system also come standard. Pricing for the versatile five-door begins under $14,000.