Post # 1
I’ve been doing online research and asked a mechanic friend (I’ve yet to hear from him though lol) what his thoughts are on:
The Kia Soul (I’m looking at a 2010 with 80,000km on it) for about $11,500.00
The Kia Rio (I’m looking at a 2012 with about 60,000km on it) for about $13,000.00
They would both come with a 2 year / 40,000km warranty.
Does anyone drive either of these cars, do you like it? would your recommend it? anything?
I know literally zip about cars other than when to put gas and to check my oil levels/washer fluid lol THATS IT.. so anything would be helpful!
ETA: What I want from a car: something thats affordable, reliable, good on gas, with a warranty (which both of these have) I don’t realy care about resale value, because I don’t plan on selling it.
This topic was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by Stephville.
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
My best friend drives a Kia Soul and has had it for a couple years now, she loves it. She likes the amount of room in the vehicle (holds a lot of stuff according to her) and how it handles. The biggest selling factor for her though was the styling, she has the orange color and that along with the overall look of the Soul is very much her style.
Post # 3
Ms_Purple: Haha, I’m actually really leaning towards the soul because its so me! (style wise, anyway) I’ve talked to so many people about it and several of them have told me how hideous it is, but I think its so fun! (..and its cute! haha)
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Stephville: People seem to love it or hate it for the styling more than anything! Some people affectionately call my BFFs car “The Pumpkin”. But really her and her DH love it so much they’ve talked about getting another one when her DH gets a new car.
Post # 5
I just got a Kia Soul last year and I looooove it. For me, it was between the Soul and the Forte. But, I felt the Forte was just a typical car, similar to what I had before. I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
Post # 6
I had a 2013 kia rio for a little bit and I loved it while I had it. It was great on gas and very affordable. The only reason I traded mine in was because my job requires me to travel and it is not very good in the snow. It slips and slides very easily so if you have bad weather where you are you might want to go with the soul since it’s probably heavier than the rio and will not slide as much. Hope this helps! Good luck with buying a car!
Post # 7
I almost got a Kia Soul but went with the Forte instead! I’ve had a 2006 kia for a while and never had any issues with it so it was my top choice when I bought a new car on Saturday! Love the Soul too so thats my pick!
Post # 8
My FI has a 2013 Kia Rio that will probably be my primary vehicle when we get married (he has alternate transport options and I drive a 12 year old pickup truck). I LOVE that thing. It’s great on gas, surprisingly roomy, comfortable enough to nap in, and can generally take whatever gets thrown at it. We live in Georgia, though, so if you live somewhere snowy, you may want to heed the advice of a PP. FI did manage to get home just fine on I-85 in the snowpocalypse this past winter, though.
Post # 9
I have a 2003 Kia rio, I’ve had it since 2006. It’s great. I love how roomy the trunk is and how great on gas it is. Haven’t had to do anything other than normal maintenance. I live in a rainy climate and it drives well in the rain. It rarely snows here, so I don’t put on snow tires, and it handles the one inch of snow we get once a year in all season tires just fine. Mine came with heated seats and a/c. In the past year these arent’t working as well as they used to. Both are weak, I asked my mechanic what it could be, and he replaced a belt(100$) and now they work at about 75% strength of the original. I’m ok with this being the only issue on a 11 year old car.
Edited to add: I have 152000k on it. I’m planning on driving it to 200k at least!
Post # 10
I drive a 2011 Kia Rio 5 and it’s great! Never had a single problem with it (knock on wood), it’s fantastic on gas and very roomy for a little hatchback. I live in Canada and I find it’s actually pretty decent driving in the snow. I’m looking for something new just cause I’ve had it a while and I’m bored with it lol… but overall it’s an awesome car.
Post # 11
OMGMrsW2B: danakins16: misschickpea: Nostawyn: Ahh! I’m so excited to go to the dealership now… The soul has been my first pick for awhile, even before I was planning on buying a car.. And now that I’ve heard some good feedback I’m so much more for it lol I do live in Canada though and the winters in my area can get fairly bad so I think that just adds more points to the soul! lol I’m going to the dealership tomorrow to take a good look at it (and the Rio) and hopefully go for a test drive..
Post # 12
Dh’s commuter car is a Kia Spectra–reliable as daylight. We really need an SUV & the Sportage is at the top of our list due to Kia dependability.
My car’s a Benz–she’s a show horse, not a work horse. Not for loading the dogs & crates for training & trialing.
Kia is getting very good reliability ratings, from what dh tells me.
Post # 13
I looooooove my Kia. LOVE IT. I have had it since I was 16 with just normal maintenance – replacing a timing belt and an alternator are the biggest things, but I mean, I’ve been driving it for eight years. I think I would go with the Rio, but honestly, the Soul is a great deal and it seems like the PPs are happy with theirs!
Post # 14
^^^ I have a Sportage btw.
Post # 15
We have a 2013 Soul and 2010 Forte. They are both great. I love my Soul! It’s fin to drive, and a smooth ride.