I have never been one to worry about the kind of car I drive, so long as mine gets me from point “A” to point “B”. Now, my kids, on the other hand, would completely disagree with you! I remember when my oldest daughter was in high school and her class was hosting a car wash to raise money for computers. I offered to come and lend my support and I got a vehement and emphatic “NO!”. You see, I was driving an older Buick and the exhaust needed repairs and it was constantly emitting blue smoke from the tailpipe. She was horrified at the thought of me driving up in that car and embarrassing her in front of her friends and teachers!
Things have gotten better since then, but I am still not driving a new car. We have been talking about getting a new car recently, but I have been on the fence. That is, until this past weekend when I had the pleasure of driving a 2014 Kia Soul. Now I cannot stop talking about how dreamy it was to drive this car and how I am dead set on getting one for my family!
Kia is a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing cars that are not only super safe but super sexy as well. With dual advanced front, seat and side airbags, you know you and your family are enveloped in safety. They are known for the high quality of their vehicles as well as how safe and reliable they are. The line of cars from Kia are made for people like you and I who want something a little above norm but rides like that super safe wagon you drove when your mom was driving in the car pool! From the moment you sit in a Kia vehicle and feel how roomy and comfortable they are, you are halfway to being in love.
You will be head over heels once you learn about the voice activated options, how easy it is to sync your smartphone with the car for hands free talking and immediate road side assistance connection. I love that I can make a call or change the radio station using my voice or with the easy to use buttons on the steering wheel.
This has got to be one of the most complete navigation systems I have ever seen. In addition to giving me easy to follow driving directions, there are several other features as well. With the press of a button, I can access a list of hotels, service stations, restaurants and more. I enjoyed several stations on Sirius Radio as well as the AUX jack which allowed me to access my playlist on the smartphone. There is also a USB plug, which I was able to plug in my charger and keep my phone powered up the entire weekend. I am not one who can back up very easily, so I was grateful for the back up assistance, which shows me everything behind me, so I won’t run over or hit something I would not otherwise be able to see. At night, the speakers rotate through a myriad of colors, which the kids thought was so cool!
I also loved all the little things that may otherwise have gone unnoticed. I hate those glaring interior lights you get in virtually every other car on the market. With the Kia Soul, you get LED lights which illuminate without blinding you. I also love the visor, which extends across the side window, blocking out that super bright afternoon sun.
The back has a ton of storage, which was plenty big enough for all of our luggage. For additional storage space, the back seats fold down, allowing you to pretty much fit anything you need including sports or camping gear or even my daughter’s robot from her school’s robotics team. What do you think about the double sun roof? It was glorious riding around Atlanta with that open for the few hours of sun we actually had that weekend!
The 2014 Kia Soul is amazing as far as gas mileage goes. We had a full tank at the start of the weekend and on Monday afternoon, we were at a half a tank. And let me tell you, we drove that car a LOT! The average mileage you can expect is 24 City/30 Highway and the price tag starts at just $14,900. The mornings were on the chilly side, but no worries because the seats can be heated or cooled! There is plenty of head and legroom, and plenty of space in the back seat. Why is this important? Because I have 13 and 16 year old and they need all the room I can get between them! What did the kids think of the 2014 Kia Soul? Well, Caitlin said, “Wouldn’t it be sick if you dropped me off at school in this car? All my friends would be super jealie.” I guess that sums it up, right?
I can go into all the technical stuff about the car, but I just wanted to write about my experience as a driver. For all the details, you can visit the Kia Soul page and see all the features, specs, colors, and other information you may need. Stay current with the latest from Kia by following them on Facebook and Twitter.