Five Reasons to Love the 2014 Kia Soul

In an all-out, 21st-century boxcar war with Honda’s ill-fated Element, the overinflated Toyota Scion xB, and the hopelessly awkward Nissan Cube, the Kia Soul is the sole survivor. This is the fourth year the Kia Soul has been on the market, and it has proven to be a Kia classic with high marks in many areas. Great for the entry-level, budget-conscious buyer, the 2014 Kia Soul is a four-door hatchback with three trims (base, + [Plus] and ! [Exclaim]) and enough seating for up to five adults. As the all-new and completely redesigned 2014 Kia Soul is taking its rightful victory lap, here are five reasons to love the 2014 Kia Soul.

 Improved Interior and Customization Galore. The Soul features high-quality materials and comfortable, supportive seats. The cabin is roomy with a fantastic amount of cargo space for its class. It includes a bevy of standard features, such as a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary inputs, and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. The available UVO infotainment system keeps drivers connected, and has an intuitive touch screen. Other available features include a backup camera, an Infinity sound system, navigation, push-button start, automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof. And, for the eco-friendly, there is an Eco package with a fuel-saving twist, like an automatic stop-start system and 16-inch tires.

 Safety and Reliability Features. The 2014 Kia Soul boasts four-wheel antilock disc brakes, hill-start assist, electronic brake-force distribution, stability and traction control, driver and passenger head-restraint whiplash-protection systems, and front and rear head air bags. Further, the Kia Soul scored a 5 out of 5 on J.D. Power’s Power Circle Ratings in Body & Interior Quality – Mechanical, Features and Accessories Quality – Mechanical, Powertrain Quality – Design, and Body & Interior Quality – Design.

All the Engine You Need. The Kia Soul has one of two engines. On the base, drivers get a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed manual transmission, with an automatic option. The Soul+ and Soul! offers a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission only. What more do you realistically need?

Cargo Room to Boot. With the rear seats folded down, the Soul provides 61.3 cubic feet of cargo space, or 24.2 cubic feet with the seats up. Drivers could easily get a decent-sized piece of furniture in the back. In fact, with the seats folded down, the Soul rivals the Sportage—a crossover vehicle—for plentiful roominess when hauling friends, family, pets, and all of the extras that go along with these precious commodities.

Overall Driving Experience. With premium handling and a comfortable atmosphere, the 2014 Kia Soul provides plenty of ease getting on the highway, driving through the suburbs, or navigating city streets. It’s head-turning design and bright colors offer a unique combination that reflects the driver’s personality more than any other vehicle we’ve seen in a long time.

New Vehicles Vs Used Vehicles: The great debate

That new-car smell, those cushiony seats, and those shiny new buttons that come with a new vehicle sure are alluring. But is a new vehicle versus a used vehicle the right decision for you? A simple Google search on the topic yields countless results that leave car shoppers more inclined to hide in their trunk than hit the pavement on a quest to find their next vehicle. Let’s get you out of the trunk and into the driver’s seat as we explore which route is right for you.

Most people assume new cars are more expensive than their used counterparts, which is mostly accurate. However, a higher price tag now can mean less money spent over time. A new vehicle won’t need maintenance for the first several thousand miles, and then only an oil change and tune-ups are required. Manufacturers also typically cover new vehicles under warranty for at least 3 years or more. If you crave even further peace of mind, consider our exclusive lifetime Warranty Forever™ Program that features an engine, transmission, and powertrain warranty, including seals and gaskets, for as long as you own the vehicle without any extra money added to your bottom line. The Warranty Forever™ Program is available for qualifying used vehicles as well.

Moreover, if you have good credit, it’s often possible to finance a new-vehicle purchase with little or no down payment through rebates, dealer incentives, and other offers made by the manufacturer. Financing a used car will usually require a down payment. However, keep in mind that new cars depreciate—that is, lose their value—when they are driven off the lot. With a used vehicle, there typically isn’t a substantial depreciation hit. There’s also less “mental depreciation” about the first drive on snowy roads or parking-lot ding because chances are the car’s previous owner or owners took care of those for you.

Additionally, new vehicles can be more reliable than used ones and typically feature the newest-available safety features—such as advanced frontal airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), antilock braking systems (ABS), and curtain airbags—and the highest standards for fuel efficiency. It’s also important to remember many people view new vehicle purchases as a social cachet, whether it’s because of their pride, ego, or status. There’s no question that driving a new vehicle packs a big psychological punch for many people.  With that said, the used-car market has changed dramatically in the past few years. Today’s new cars—and thus used cars—are simply made better, increasing the pool of quality used vehicles from which to choose.

Further, used vehicle purchases can be somewhat of an unknown; buyers are not aware of how the vehicle has been driven or the care and maintenance that have been put into it. Luckily, there are firms like CarFax and the like that may provide us with this information. These firms will track down the history of your prospective vehicle by its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), usually listed on a metal plate just inside the windshield. If the car has ever been sent to a junkyard, a salvage title will show up on the report. Used vehicles can also offer lower insurance rates for wallet-conscious shoppers.

In the end, the decision you make is a personal one and should be made to suit your individual needs. We suggest stopping into one of our locations on Route 30 in Irwin or on Pittsburgh Rd in Uniontown, and looking at vehicles. Test drive a few vehicles, and find out the calculated numbers. Keep our advice in mind, and make the decision for YOU.