2018 Kia Soul vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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Subcompact crossovers are the new sedan. It seems like everywhere you go, you see them - smaller than a typical crossover, but larger and riding higher than a hatchback. This new and unique class of vehicles is still in its infancy but shows a lot of promise for be a favorite for individuals, couples and young families alike.

A product of Kia’s problem-solving, rather than competing in class, approach to vehicle design and production, the Kia Soul was the first subcompact crossover to the party. Since its inception for the 2009 model year, challengers like the Subaru Crosstrek have entered the segment with the goal of taking down the quirky Soul. Like the Soul, the Crosstrek offers some practical solutions for drivers who want handling, urban parkability and good all-weather performance. Let’s see how they compare!

2018 Kia Soul (Base Automatic)


2018 Subaru Crosstrek (2.0i CVT)

$17,700 MSRP (Lower is Better) $22,795
39.1 inches Second-Row Leg Room (Higher is Better) 36.5 inches
34.8 inches Turning Diameter (Lower is Better) 35.4 inches
Top Safety Pick + IIHS Safety Rating Top Safety Pick
201-horsepower (Exclaim - !) Maximum Model Horsepower (Higher is Better) 152-horsepower (2.0i)

2018 Kia Soul Advantages Vs. Subaru Crosstrek

Featuring the same platform as the Impreza and built with Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek provides solid all-weather performance. What drivers gain in terrain management, they sacrifice passenger space and urban performance.

The 2018 Crosstrek, an excellent vehicle for snowy and light off-road conditions, doesn’t hold a candle to the nimble and versatile 2018 Kia Soul in densely-crowded urban environments, the Soul’s home field.

The 2018 Kia Soul also gives drivers the option of the turbocharged Exclaim (!) model, providing over 200-horsepower worth of thrill in the compact, yet capable city-mover. Without the option for a turbocharged model, power remains consistent across trim levels for the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

Overall value is yet another area in which the 2018 Kia Soul surpasses the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. The powerful Exclaim model can be had over the lowest-trimmed CVT Crosstrek for only $5.

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a vehicle built for utility. It’s part of the reason Subaru has earned a reputation for developing vehicles that perform well in cold and snowy climates. Like the Crosstrek, the 2018 Kia Soul is engineered for one purpose – fun! From its bright available palette to turbocharged engine on the Exclaim, the 2018 Kia Soul is here to remind us that driving can, and should, be fun! For more information on the 2018 Kia Soul, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!

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