The Soul lives because increasingly gray area between hatchbacks and SUVs. A boxy, upright design gives it abundant interior space and super-easy access. You sit up high in chairlike seats, surrounded by an ample glass area once and for all visibility. One that’s lower to the ground, though overall, it feels like driving a small SUV.
Redesigned for 2014, the brand new Soul provides a more mature and well-rounded package than its predecessor. As soon as you get past the quirky styling, which reminds some of a surfer dude with wraparound shades that is.
Unlike a real SUV, the Soul is offered only with front-wheel drive. Our test vehicle had the larger of two engines available, a 164-hp, 2.-liter four-cylinder, mated to your smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Even so, power delivery was just adequate. Some people wanted more gusto when merging or going uphill. Fuel economy averaged 26 mpg, that is good although not outstanding.