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PostHeaderIcon Best SUVs Under $20,000

One of the most difficult questions to answer in the auto industry these days doesn’t involve supercars, luxury cars, or even premium cars. It involves crossovers and SUVs, specifically the question of which is the best of its kind among those priced at a certain cost point. In this case, our cost point is $20,000, which means that a lot of today’s compact crossovers are involved in this difficult, if not impossible, discussion. And like every question posed in this business, answers vary depending on who you ask. In our case, ask us which are the best SUVs under $20,000, and these are our answers.

PostHeaderIcon Best SUVs Under $20,000

One of the most difficult questions to answer in the auto industry these days doesn’t involve supercars, luxury cars, or even premium cars. It involves crossovers and SUVs, specifically the question of which is the best of its kind among those priced at a certain cost point. In this case, our cost point is $20,000, which means that a lot of today’s compact crossovers are involved in this difficult, if not impossible, discussion. And like every question posed in this business, answers vary depending on who you ask. In our case, ask us which are the best SUVs under $20,000, and these are our answers.

PostHeaderIcon Kia recalls 340,000 Souls for a fix yet again!

Kia Motors America has recalled 342,381 Souls once again due to an unsuccessful steering issue fix that took place the first time. The first instance was in November 2015, making this the second recall in a span of two years. The recall is stated for the models manufactured between July 21, 2013 and September 30, 2015. These include the Soul and Soul EV’s.

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the pinion plug is not safely secured. This means the pinion gear could separate from the steering gear assembly, resulting in a loss of steering control. Despite identifying and acknowledging the issue previously, they were not able to rectify the problem completely. As per the report,
“The driver will hear a clunking noise from the steering rack while turning the steering wheel.”

Kia issued a statement saying that they are not aware of any injuries caused by the issue. Depending on the car, Kia will either secure the pinion plug correctly or, if required, replace the whole steering assembly. Dealers will begin recalling the affected cars in mid-November.
While this is a voluntary recall, it may be noted that customers who have paid for the first repair will be reimbursed.

Author’s Take

A well-known brand like Kia cannot let such mistakes happen. This is something that shouldn’t have occurred in the first place. Since the recall is for the same problem, the customers won’t have a peace of mind even after the second fix. The risk associated with an issue like this is life-threatening. But, on the other hand, Kia must be appreciated for committing to customer safety and accepting their mistake publically. They are willing to even replace the steering assembly if need be. All that matters, in the end, is that the problem is rectified and there are no injuries as a result of this potentially dangerous problem.

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Read our full driven review on the 2015 Kia Soul Electric.


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Read our full review on the 2015 Kia Soul Electric.


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Read our full review on the 2015 Kia Soul.

PostHeaderIcon The Most Powerful Kia Soul Ever Built Rolled into the Paris Motor Show

Kia put a lot of work into the Soul for the 2017 model year. Highlights include restyled front and rear fascias to go with a new metallic skid plate, HID headlights, LED running lights, and an all new finish to the Tiger Nose grille. A few new exterior paint finishes are available to go with a new pair of optional 10-spoke 16- or 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Inside, new upholstery can be hand in a single or two-tone color scheme to go with the customer’s choice of a 5-, 7-, or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone connectivity. But, Kia didn’t stop there, as it also brought a new trim level into the lineup – on that boasts 201 horsepower from a new turbocharged gasoline engine.

Dubbed the Soul T-GDI, it is quite literally the most powerful Soul every created by Kia. That 201 horsepower is enough to get the Soul to 62 mph in 7.8 seconds on the way to a top speed of 124 mph. The front wheels are driven forward with this power via Kia’s new seven-speed dual clutch transmission that is only available on the T-GDI. But, the engine and performance isn’t the only unique thing about it. IT also gets a more aggressive front fascia and air intake to go with twin exhaust exits out back and a pair of 10-spoke, 18-inch aluminum wheels. The front fascia and side sills get red accents while the Soul logo is finished in red as well. Inside, the car gets black cloth and leather upholstery that is all held together with orange contrast stitching. There are other orange highlights throughout the passenger cabin, and the steering wheel takes on a D-shape, further differentiating this model from the rest of its stablemates.

All told, it’s a pretty big move for Kia, and while 201 ponies or the 124 mph top speed might not sound too appealing, you’ve got to remember this thing is a little SUV. That kind of performance is certainly commendable, and this new model will surely turn a lot of heads when it finally hits showrooms. For now, the ordering books are open, so even though you can see it in the metal at your local Kia dealer quite yet, you can still get your hands on one.


PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed's Top Automotive Picks For Moms

It’s Mother’s Day, and we here at TopSpeed wanna show our love and gratitude to all those hardworking mamas out there. But you know, we’re not exactly big on the whole flowers and breakfast in bed thing, so instead, we’ve put together a list of our top seven automotive picks for moms. In this list, we look at a variety of price points and cover all the major family-oriented segments, including minivans, hatchbacks, compact crossovers, mid-size SUVs, full-size SUVs, wagons, and even something for moms with a craving for velocity. We also talk about features and what makes each pick stand out from the crowd when it comes to things moms might want.

What do you think of our picks? Are we missing a model? What’s your choice for the best mom-mobile? Let us know in the comments section. And don’t forget to call your mom!

Continue reading for our top automotive picks for moms.


PostHeaderIcon Kia Soul

The second-generation Kia Soul was introduced for the 2014 model year, which means it will still be a few more years before Kia will present the third-generation of the Soul. So to keep consumers interested, it is only natural that Kia gives the current generation a facelift to keep things fresh. It looks like we may be seeing that facelift sooner than later, as we have just received some new spy shots of what appears to be the facelifted model out for on-road testing.

As is the story with all spy shots from the early testing stage, the soul is under pretty heavy camouflage. The hood, bumper, and the rear hatch are all covered with black fabric and padded to help conceal the actual design. That does, however, provide us with an idea of what we can expect to be different when the facelifted Soul hits the showroom floor.

Since we can’t make out a whole lot under that heavy padding and camo, most of this early review will be speculation. So, with that in mind, let’s take a gander at what we can make out from the spy shots.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Kia Soul.


PostHeaderIcon Kia Soul EV Sales Added in Five More States

Currently, the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S are really the only electric vehicles offered on a widespread basis, but the 2015 Kia Soul EV will soon join these ranks, as Kia plans to sell the car in five more states. When it went on sale last year, the Soul EV was only available in California, but by the start of summer, customers in Georgia, Texas, Hawaii, Washington and Oregon will all be able to electrify their Soul.

Kia credits growing EV demand as the reason these five states were chosen, but of equal importance is the established electric vehicle infrastructure. According to Kia’s press release, the U.S. Department of Energy lists 1,800 charging stations in the new markets, including almost 300 in Georgia alone. Only select Kia dealerships will be able to sell the car, and those that do will get EV charging stations for customer use.

At $33,700, the Kia Soul EV is priced slightly higher than the $29,010 Nissan Leaf, but it will be interesting to see how the expanded sales of the Kia Soul EV affects the Leaf.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Kia Soul EV.

Kia Soul EV Sales Added in Five More States originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 18:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Kia Trail'ster e-AWD Concept

Turbocharged. All-wheel drive. Kia Soul. Put those three terms together, and you have the makings of the 2015 Kia Trail’ster e-AWD concept debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February, 2015. After confirming its new concept in January, using a teaser image and a brief press release, Kia has now released all the information on the exciting and intriguing Trail’ster.

In this concept form, the Soul trades in its city-bound form for a more rugged manifestation. Off-road-focused additions include bigger wheels and tires, more ride height, and most importantly, an electric all-wheel-drive system (e-AWD) that uses an electric motor to power the rear wheels. The jury is still out on whether this concept will make production, but we have a thing or two to say about it after the jump.

Updated 02/13/2015: We added a series of Trails’ter images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the “Pictures” tab.

Click past the jump to read more about the Kia Trail’ster e-AWD Concept.

Kia Trail’ster e-AWD Concept originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 13 February 2015 09:30 EST.

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