2017 Kia Soul vs. 2017 Jeep Renegade

The 2017 Kia Soul is a one-of-a-kind crossover, built with a streamlined-yet-boxy exterior and all the cargo benefits of an SUV but with the handling and fuel economy of a sedan. And you can find the 2017 Soul at Friendly Kia for around $12,760, a discount of several thousand dollars off MSRP. On the other hand, the 2017 Jeep Renegade is that automaker's playful model, with a power / handling combo that rivals the Kia Soul. But there's several distinctions we need to look at where the 2017 Soul stands a notch or several more above, like how the 2017 Renegade's starting MSRP is $5,000 more than the Soul's Friendly Kia VIP Price at $17,995.

The previous model, the 2016 Kia Soul had a similar power output (164 horsepower) to the 2017 Renegade's base 160 HP and peak of 180 HP, but that was so last year. Now, in 2017, the Soul has been emboldened with an all-new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that pumps out 201 ponies of HP. Take a seat in the world-famous "hamster box" and you'll have the power at your disposal, as well as a responsive available seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Pair this with the 2017 Soul's eye-popping color choices that other vehicles wouldn't dare try to pull off, such as the Inferno Red / Black combo, or the yellowish Alien2, and you have one unique ride.

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2017 Kia Soul Vs. 2017 Jeep Renegade
$12,760 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $17,995 MSRP
201 Top Horsepower 180
61.3 Cargo Room (cubic feet) 50.8
34.8 Curb-to-Curb Turning Circle (feet) 35.3 or 36.3
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick in 2016? No
10 years or 100,000 miles limited powertrain; 5 years or 60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 5 years or 60,000 miles limited powertrain; 3 years or 36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper

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While the 2017 Kia Soul hasn't been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick as of late 2016, it garnered this distinction the previous seven model years, which meant it was among the most impact-resistant crossovers. History has not been as kind to the Jeep Renegade, which has not been named a Top Safety Pick during the same timeframe. Let's also look at the cargo room of the two crossovers: The 2017 Soul has up to 61.3 cubic feet, which is 20 percent more than the 2017 Jeep Renegade has available in back. That makes a difference when you're moving to a new house, or heading on a camping trip and need to include a tent and a couple days' worth of supplies.

There's nothing the 2017 Kia Soul can't do, as it tops the 2017 Jeep Renegade in starting price, cargo room and top horsepower, among other advantages. We proudly carry the 2017 Soul at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Brooksville, Trinity, Tarpon Springs and 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.

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