The 2013 KIA Soul Review: Not just for Hamsters anymore

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The 2013 KIA Soul Review: Not just for Hamsters anymore

The 2013 KIA Soul is youthful, somewhat boxy and quirky small car that’s best know for being the ride of choice for KIA’s rapping hamsters.

With competition from the faster Scion xB, larger Nissan Cube and various shoe boxes – the KIA Soul has a more playful demeanor and a cheap-as-chips entry fee of $14,400.  You get a lot for the money, and if you’re willing to pony-up an additional $2,300 for the beefier 2.0-liter four-banger, you can get a zippy little ride.  Still, the whole rodent/hamster thing gives the KIA Soul a whimsical character that’s hard to take seriously. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

But, how does the Soul stack up in the real world of human drivers and passengers?

Nathan recently spent a week driving the 2013 KIA Soul and came away impressed by the small car’s ride and handling.

Check out this video review to get the full scoop.

By the way: we at The Fast Lane Car do not endorse driving a vehicle filled with rodents. These creatures are territorial, cuddly, difficult to train and do not cotton to potty training.

On the other hand, the whole hamster thing is a brilliant advertisement campaign.