|2016 Kia Soul||2015 Toyota Rav4|
|$11,670 (Friendly Kia VIP)||Price||$23,680 MSRP|
|24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway||Fuel Economy||24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway|
|Yes||Available Mood Lights?||No|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||Yes|
The crossover vehicle market has never been stronger, since it has best-selling vehicles like the 2016 Kia Soul and the 2015 Toyota RAV4 among the available models. What we're going to do is break down the strengths and weakness of these vehicles and help you find which car is the best for your needs. One of the strengths of crossover vehicles like the 2016 Kia Soul and the 2015 Toyota RAV4 is they combine the room and cargo space of an SUV while maintaining the fuel economy of a sedan. So pack up your bags, invite your friends, and pile in to see which crossover is best.
When you're weighing the pros and cons of vehicles in the same class, they will typically share some similarities in their technical specifications and their engine power output. But what sets the 2016 Kia Soul apart from the 2015 Toyota RAV4, as well as from pretty much every vehicle on the road, is its sense of style and fun combined with its affordable price. The 2016 Kia Soul's price in base models with Friendly Kia VIP pricing is about $10,000 lower than the 2015 Toyota RA4's suggested retail price, which is a huge savings edge for the Soul.
Now let's look at the style for each vehicle. The Soul's exterior is uniquely boxy, but still streamlined, while on the inside you can kick out the jams with your voice-activated UVO eServices (available in Plus and Exclaim models) and your SiriusXM Audio System, standard in all models. The RAV4's exterior is certainly modern and likely pleasant to look at for some drivers, but its body design looks like most other SUVs in its class, so it doesn't stand out from the pack in this area.
Another advantage the 2016 Kia Soul offers is you will have a party in transit with front speaker surround mood lights (available in the Premium Package) and an available panoramic sunroof. The 2015 Toyota RAV4 has SiriusXM Radio, but none of these other fun tech features. That's a clear win for the Soul, though the RAV4 does have more available cargo room, with 73.4 cubic feet vs. the Soul's still-sizable 61.3 cubic feet.
It's pretty clear that a lot of consumers want vehicles that feature both utility and smooth handling, and both the 2016 Kia Soul and the 2015 Toyota RAV4 meet these qualifications. The 2016 Soul and the 2015 RAV4 both have a curb-to-curb turning radius is 34.8 feet, which is exceptional for non-sedans.
The RAV4 base models are a fairly-lightweight 3,435 pounds, but if you're looking for smooth handling, the Soul is 2,714 pounds for manual transmissions and 2,784 for automatic transmissions in base models, so it will be easier to turn on a dime.
To take this further, the Kia Soul has a 5.9-inch ground clearance vs. the RAV4's 6.3 inches of ground clearance, so the lower-to-the-ground Soul is more well-built for concise handling in tight corners, or on the open highway. In addition, here's a nice win for the 2016 Kia Soul: It was named "Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality" by J.D. Power in its 2016 Initial Quality Study*.
With all of that said, it's clear the 2016 Kia Soul is the top crossover vehicle, as it best combines the space of a large SUV and the handling of a sedan. We have several Kia Souls available on the Friendly lot, so check one out today and get ready to make your drive one big party. At Friendly Kia, we encourage you to bring your dogs to the lot, and another perk we offer is free lifetime car washes on-site for all cars you purchase from us. Come on in to look at, test drive or purchase a car at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, FL, about 20 miles from Clearwater, less than 40 miles from Tampa, and less than 25 miles from Spring Hill. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.
*Disclaimer: The Kia Soul received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among compact MPVs in the J.D. Power 2015-2016 Initial Quality Study. 2016 study based on 80,157 total responses, evaluating 245 models, and measures the opinions of new 2016 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com