2014 Kia Soul: Perfect for a girls’ road trip

We recently spent a week with the Kia Soul, the urban hatchback car that it seems everyone is talking about. We used the Soul to drive around town, back and forth to school, and for a girls’ only road trip to Disneyland.

2014 Kia Soul Review: Disneyland Road Trip

My very favorite thing about the Soul is the panoramic sunroof!  The glass closer to the front of the car fully opens, while the glass towards the back allows light in. It’s the fun of a convertible without all the windblown hair! Definitely a great feature in sunny Arizona.

Kia Soul: Panoramic Sunroof

The Soul is definitely one of the most unique cars I’ve driven–the boxy shape is fun!

Kia Soul Review: Shape

With plenty of leg room, the Soul was a comfortable car to drive around town. The seats moved easily and provided good support, and I didn’t feel as if I was sitting low to the ground.

Kia Soul: Drivers Seat

We had a couple of shy boys in the back, ages 9 and 14. Their legs were comfortable and they said they had plenty of room!

Kia Soul Back Seat

On our road trip, the Soul stood up to the test of a lifetime–3 women’s luggage. Nicole and Karen were my road trip buddies.

Kia Soul Review

We folded down the 60/40 split rear seat and had plenty of room. Look at the space we had to fill:

Kia Soul: Trunk Space

You can see a better view of the room in the Kia Soul from this picture:

Kia Soul Review

The Soul’s exterior was sturdy enough to save us from a potential dinosaur attack on our way to Disneyland:

Kia Soul Review


Ok, ok. I’m kidding about the dinosaur attack. I did, however, feel completely safe in the Soul. For a smaller car, it felt solid. I’ll admit to being a little worried at first about taking a road trip a car this small, but as soon as I drove it for the first time my worries were set aside.

Kia Soul Road Trip

The Soul was a great road trip vehicle. I’m not sure my family of four could have taken the same road trip comfortably, but the three of us were pretty comfortable. Here are some of our favorite things about the Soul:

  • The vented (and heated) seats were a lifesaver while driving through the deserts of Southern Arizona and California.
  • The back-up cameras were so helpful when navigating unfamiliar parking lots and gas stations.
  • The most convenient aspect of the Soul, in my opinion, is the navigation. It’s not only easy to use, but it displays the speed limit right on the screen. We tested it out, and the display changes within feet of crossing the speed limit sign. It’s pretty cool.

Kia Soul: Navigation

  • The Soul is equipped with Infinity speakers that sound amazing. There are six speakers located throughout the vehicle.
  • The in-car connectivity with my iPhone was seamless with the UVO Infotainment system. I love the convenience and safety factor that comes with using the built-in navigation screen to control my phone–something my current car does not have.
  • On some models, the air conditioning can be targeted to run through the glove box, making it a cooling box for snacks or electronics.

We made it safely to Disneyland and had a blast with the Kia Soul for the weekend. This is a car I’d recommend to someone traveling around town or for short road trips, college-aged kids who are looking for a reliable (and safe) first car, and those who are looking at a third family car.


The Kia Soul pricing begins at $14,900. You can find your nearest dealer by clicking here.

Have you ever seen a Kia Soul on the road? What did you think?

Kia provided us with the use of the 2014 Kia Soul for review purposes. All statements made here are my own. 


  1. Kendra says

    We had a 2011 Kia Soul. Though not as equipped as the one you test drove, it was still a fantastic car. We even took it camping! We just stacked everything on top and drove to the forest. We sold it because gas pedal was rough on my husband’s heel.

  2. says

    Such a fun trip! And the Kia Soul was a great little car for our little weekend getaway. The gas bill alone was worth it…much more economical than most. Thank you Kia!

  3. says

    I’ve seen Kia Souls on the road, but I like it much better now after reading your review of it. LOL I’m not generally a fan of the boxy shape. :) I love the panoramic sunroof though. That is pretty awesome!

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