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The 2017 Kia Soul Near Rio Rancho, NM Is an Impressive Small SUV

The Kia Soul is a small crossover SUV. Its cube shape makes it somewhat distinctive from other vehicles in this class, although the discontinued Nissan Cube and Scion xBs that are still on the road had similar shapes. This car definitely gets attention, but it is even more fun to drive. The unique shape offers additional interior room, making it the ideal compact car for up to four people. Because the rear seat folds down, there's plenty of cargo space, more than 61 cubic feet.


Crash test ratings are better on this year's model than the last and the Soul comes with a generous powertrain warranty. In 2017, a more powerful model was introduced to the Soul product line. It is the best selling car in its class, beating out vehicles like the Honda HR-V. There is also an all-electric model available in small quantities in the United States. If you are interested in the electric 2017 Kia Soul near Rio Rancho NM, give us a call today.

Interior and Exterior

The Soul technically seats five, but four adults will fit comfortably in this compact SUV. The shape gives more headroom for tall passengers. Depending on the trim a buyer selects from Rio Rancho Kia Soul dealers, the interior could be rather plain or pretty impressive. There are two USB ports, and the Exclaim model gives drivers a sporty D-shaped steering wheel.

Kia Souls are easily recognized by their shape but, this year, there are some changes to the exterior that will impress even those that don't appreciate the way the Soul looks next to their own plain cars—even with its vertical taillights. The Exclaim model received the most upgrades this time, with alloy wheels, LED fog lights, and dual exhaust tips. This vehicle is a great value for a reasonable price.


The Soul Plus and Exclaim trims come with a technology package that helps drivers stay safe on the road. With features like blind spot detection and a warning system that alerts the driver if they start to leave their lane, Kia Soul owners can feel safe whether they or one of their teenagers is driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Safety Administration gave the Kia Soul a five star rating.

Under the Hood

The base model comes with a 1.6 liter, 4-cylinder engine that provides 130 horsepower. Buyers have a choice between a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The Soul Plus is packed with more power. Under the hood of their Soul Plus, drivers will find a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine putting out 161 horsepower. The Soul Plus doesn't have a manual transmission option. All models of the Kia Soul are pretty fuel-efficient and the top-of-the-line trim, the Soul Exclaim offers a turbocharged 201 horsepower engine.


Other cars in this class can't compare to the handling on the 2017 Kia Soul. The steering is quick and predictable. Suspension settings were revised on this year's model, and the 18-inch wheels help to give drivers a greater perspective of the road than other small crossovers. Drivers might be surprised at how well the Soul handles corners. After spending an entire day in the Soul, drivers won't feel exhausted due to the ease of handling in this sporty vehicle.


The base model of the 2017 Kia Soul near Rio Rancho NM provides buyers with a rearview camera, updated stereo system, and automatic headlights. For just a couple thousand dollars more, those who opt for the Plus get the Primo package. This package includes things like blind spot detection, panoramic sunroof, leather seats, as well as forward collison and lane departure warnings. The Exclaim model comes with a technology package and a Harman Kardon audio system.

KIA dealerships in Rio Rancho are ready to sell all Soul trims. If you are ready to look at one, call or stop by our dealership to take a test drive. One of our sales staff will help you choose the options that will give you an optimal driving experience. Current Soul owners will be impressed with the look and feel of the latest models. With the upgrades to the Exclaim, some buyers might be tempted to upgrade their base or plus model for a nicer version of the Soul.

The Kia Soul is an impressive looking vehicle that handles well and has plenty of cargo room. It's perfect for singles or small families that enjoy the outdoors and need to haul various equipment when they go on adventures. Traveling in a Soul, regardless of the trim a driver chooses, is a lot of fun and, because the car is so roomy and comfortable, everyone will be relaxed when they arrive at the destination.  

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