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It’s about this time of year that we start to think about that jolly old soul St. Nick. You know the… ahem, slightly obese, sleigh driving North Pole resident. No not Todd Palin. I’m talking about Santa and if you want to leave him something worthwhile on Christmas Eve ditch the cookies and milk and leave him a 2010 Kia Soul. Come on, it wouldn’t look bad being pulled by a few magic reindeer. But, if Rudolf hits the magic dust a little too hard Santa could just put the key in the Soul and continue on his merry way without missing a beat.
You see, the 2010 Soul makes people happy. When a friend of mine saw it last week the grin was so large on his face I could see it fifty yards away. What’s not to love about a short round, red bundle of fun.
The Soul drives like and economy car. It should, it is one. But some economy cars are fun to drive. They don’t disconnect you from the road. You feel the road in your hands, butt and feet. You actually hear the sounds around you. A lot of you are thinking that maybe I’ve been hanging out with Rudolf and tried the magic dust myself but, I really do love this car.
It’s obvious that Kia is placing a shot over the bow of the Scion xB. I say they took good aim. I prefer the Soul over the xB. It is more fun to drive. Looks cooler in my opinion and has trim levels advertised with two symbols, a plus sign (+) for the base and an exclamation mark (!) for the sport level. That’s cool. Wonder whether Prince would appreciate that. Regardless of the trim level the Soul comes with a great list of features, including anti-lock brakes, stability control, a USB audio jack and satellite radio. If you want you can even order a sunroof. Standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, rear drum brakes, air conditioning and a tilt wheel. If you want, you can even order 18-inch wheels.
The icing on the cake however is an option sure to elicit excitement from anyone under twenty years of age. The interior, it’s loud, obnoxious, gaudy and perfect . The speakers even light up when played. My six-year-old ate this option up. It’s just fun! I smiled the whole time, like a jolly St Nick.
The horsepower numbers are unimpressive and no one will be purchasing the new Soul for its quarter mile times. You buy this car because you are fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. You buy the soul because it’s affordable, and comes with a 100,000 mile warranty.
Starting out with a base price of just over $13,000.00 the Kia Soul can be completely optioned out for well under twenty grand. That’s affordable. Even on Santa’s salary.
*I know Todd Palin is not overweight. I just really reached there.