For Kelley Blue Book, 2018 Kia Soul is Stylish, Economical, Feature-Packed, and Fun to Drive

One of the most beloved of our automaker's compact crossovers-become-five-door wagon returns for a new model year in base, Plus (+) and Exclaim (!) trims, and the auto research and valuation expert's already rating it a solid 8.6 out of 10. In fact, having "loved everything about it since its debut," KBB continues its accolades, claiming that the new 2018 Kia Soul "delivers in every area that matters," from fresh styling and spacious accommodations to plenty of tech and an abundance of available options.

To wit, more than a few new elements make an appearance in the new 2018 Soul.

The state-of-the-art UVO3 infotainment system, flanking an updated audio system, now comes standard in models like the new Soul Plus, also expanding to the Convenience package available for the Kia Soul base, which includes a rearview camera and automatic headlights likewise. KBB finds a favorite in the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, making possible the systematic integration of your smartphone for access to apps, maps, music and more. What's more, the new Soul Exclaim offers a Technology package, upgrading standard audio to a tune-thumping harman/kardon system.

The Plus Primo package even evolves into a Primo Lit variant, now incorporating the comfort of power-adjustable heated and cooled leather front seating, smart-driver assist tech like blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and lane-departure warning, and a panoramic sunroof to add a touch of Mother Nature to the cruise. Ditto for the visibility improvements of HID headlights and LED positioning lights as well as the statement-making aesthetics of a new Wild Orange paint option.

Drive-time standards include, at base, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission for a sporty hands-on feel, but it's with the turbocharged 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter inline-four engine in 2018 Kia Soul Exclaim, says Kelley Blue Book, that the drive becomes a spirited one. That's with super fuel economy creds to boot – up to a stellar 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Factor in firmer shocks and springs, the sizable addition of an available 18-inch wheel/tire package, and cornering capabilities excellent for the new Kia crossover's tallness, and the ride becomes a pleasure cruise.

The experts and we agree: the new 2018 Kia Soul is an experience. Take the short drive to visit us here in town at Koons Kia of Owings Mills, and wish well a few auld acquaintances for the sake of a whole new driving experience. Your 2018 Soul test-drive excursion's right around the corner here at 9610 Reisterstown Rd.

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