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White 2014 Soul Base With Racing Stripe, Blue Accents And 16″ Alloys

For the latest in our series of interviews with Kia owners, we head to Reno, Nevada to talk to an engaged couple who recently invested in a new 2014 Kia Soul Base.

Justin and his fiancé love to take road trips to Lake Tahoe, as well as semi-annual trips to IKEA for a little bit of shopping.

The Soul was the car that best fits their needs for both of their pastimes, but they didn’t rule out others during their research.

After getting engaged, the couple were on the lookout for a new car that could fit their needs and replace their 95 Dodge Neon, which had seen better days.

The looked at several different cars during their research period, including the Hyundai Accent, Chevy Spark, and the Honda CR-Z, but it was the 2014 Kia Soul which impressed the most.

At the end of the day, the price, reliability, styling, and cost of operation of the Soul were what vaulted it to the top of their must have list.

2014 Kia Soul Photo 300x179 White 2014 Soul Base With Racing Stripe, Blue Accents And 16 Alloys soul  They may only have owned the car for a month, but they have already seen it become a major talking point when they are out and about.

Other Kia Soul owners are quick to come up and introduce themselves, while other car owners comment on the cool design.

The couple have even found that those people that aren’t overly impressed with the boxy style of the Soul still end up being more than impressed by the comfortable interior and how well it rides and handles.

The couple plan on putting their new car to the test when the weather changes in spring and they can head out on some fun road trips.

Read on to find more interesting details about their 2014 Kia Soul ownership.

1. Tell us something about your Kia car ownership experience?

So far it’s been one of the easiest car purchase experiences we have had.

We began looking for a new car after getting engaged since our second car was literally falling apart at the seams (1995 Dodge Neon Sport). I would say that we seriously considered roughly a half dozen cars before narrowing it down to the Soul.

Everything from the Accent to the iQ, Spark, and even the Honda CR-Z. We wanted something fun, stylish, and compact, not to mention affordable to purchase, operate, and maintain.

In the end the 2014 Kia Soul was simply the most well-rounded vehicle in this price class.

The relatively compact size makes it easy to park, while the boxy shape makes it roomy enough to haul 4 adults with ease.

The styling also appealed to both of us.

The only disappointments we have relate to how Kia has decided to package the vehicle with the manual transmission here in the states.

We both wanted a manual and were fine with the smaller engine, but wonder why it was essential for Kia to eliminate cruise control, keyless entry, center armrests, and alloy wheels just because you want a manual.

We would have gladly paid for most of these items from the factory, and on a 2014 model year vehicle most buyers are going to want these things.

Kia Soul Base Photos

Kia Soul Base Image 300x183 White 2014 Soul Base With Racing Stripe, Blue Accents And 16 Alloys soul    Kia Soul Clear White 300x203 White 2014 Soul Base With Racing Stripe, Blue Accents And 16 Alloys soul

2. What do others say about your car?

They usually say how they want a Soul too, or comment on how unique it is.

The Soul’s design has always been a love it or hate it affair, but even those who aren’t a fan of the lines of the car have come away rather impressed by how roomy and comfortable it is.

And even more impressed by just how Kia vehicles have become.

The guy at the window tint shop didn’t want to give me the car back he liked it so much!

3. How long have you owned your new 2014 Kia Soul Base?

Going on 1 month now and loving every minute. We are really looking forward to taking it on some road trips once Spring comes.

4. Honestly, what was your intention when you bought your Kia?

To find a stylish compact car with a great warranty at a great price, simple as that. Saving for a wedding doesn’t leave a ton of free money at this point in our lives.

The Soul has surpassed our expectations of just how good a new $16k car can be. Scion should be VERY worried because the Soul is really cannibalizing their market share.

5. What do you like the most about your 2014 Soul?

2014 Soul Base 300x195 White 2014 Soul Base With Racing Stripe, Blue Accents And 16 Alloys soul  Narrowing it down to one thing is difficult, but I would say styling. It’s contemporary and fun without being too cutesy.

Being white, it also makes for a great blank canvas for mods/customizations.

6. What is it that makes your Soul Base look unique?

Probably the wheels (Drag DR-31). In person I would say they make the biggest single impact of the mods we have done this far.

The stock steel wheels with hubcaps really kill the look of the car, in my opinion. In general though, I think Kia dropped the ball a bit on the wheel designs on the 2014.

It’s one of my very few complaints with the car, but one that is easily remedied.

7. Have you installed any Kia Soul accessories already? Do you have any future plans?

Current Modifications

  • Viper Keyless Entry System
  • Offset Racing Stripes in Gloss Black
  • 16” Drag DR-31 Alloys in Gloss White
  • 30% Window Tint on Front Windows
  • Blue Accent Trim on Bumpers
  • Blue Valve Stem Caps
  • Stainless Steel Fog Light Placeholders
  • Black Plasti Dipped Gas Door Cover w/ Blue “Soul” vinyl overlay (not pictured)

Future Modification plans:

  1. Blue Brake Calipers (Dupli-Color Kit)
  2. Custom Floor Mats (Black with Blue Border)
  3. Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  4. A few more Stickers/Vinyl Graphics – nothing too crazy
  5. OEM HID/LED Headlights & Taillights Retrofit
  6. OEM Center Armrest
  7. Cruise Control Module

2014 Kia Soul Base Specs

Model year: 2014
Color: Clear White/Black
Trim: Base with 6-speed manual transmission
Engine: 1.6 liter
Tire size: 205/60/16
Average mpg: About 28 (mixed driving)
Miles driven so far: 1080

5 thoughts on “White 2014 Soul Base With Racing Stripe, Blue Accents And 16″ Alloys

  1. Guess what? The Kia Soul has a new competitior coming soon. The 2015 Suzuki Hustler. Suzuki really thinks it has what it takes to compete with KIA who has a very advance experience with working with utility vehicles? In fact, we don’t even have to use the Soul. The Kia Ray will be ready for the Suzuki. It’ll be ready to kick some Suzuki butt. Not sure what country the Hustler will be released at but if it’s Asia, the Kia Ray better be prepared. I hate to say it but the Hustler looks rather attractive.

    Also guess what? I just saw the 2015 BMW 3 SERIES 4 door coupe. The greenhouse is of the VW Passat, Buick Verono, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Altima, Chevy Imapla, Toyota Avalon, Infinti M, Honda Crosstour, Ford Fusion, Audi A7, Audi A6. Funny how Audi has been using that greenhouse for years, but once the 2011 Sonata launched, all of a sudden everyone is interested in copying Audi including the Dodge Dart.

  2. Audi like tail lights: Jeep Grand Cherokee,Acura MDX, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Rav-4, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Acura ILX, Ford Fusion, Mitsubishi Lancer, Audi of course, but when the 2011 Optima came out, people bragged about it copying Audi. Audi has been having these same tail lights for years, but once Kia started doing it, everyone else started doing it. Even though it makes sense why Kia has Audi like tail lights.

    Did you know that all the 2014 Ford Escape’s greenhouse really is is a Pontiac Vibe’s?

    Did you know that the 2005 Lexus ES tail lights is also found on the 2008 Mazda 6′s?

    Did you know that the Acura MDX’s side profile is also on the 2009 Mazda 6′s?

    Did you know that the Lincoln MKS’s greenhouse is also found on the Accord and Legacy?

    Did you know Lincoln after seeing the 2011 Optima, made the MKS’s headlights look like that as much as possible?

    Did you know that the Mazda 6 and Lexus IS’s backend ripped off the 2011 Sonata’s?

    Did you know that the Mazda CX-5′s greenhouse is also found on the 2008 Suburu Impreza hatchback?

    Did you know that no one was interested in copying Mini cooper, and Land Rover’s black A pillars until the 2006 Kia Soul concept (2014 Explorer, Scion XB, Suzuki Hustler.

    Did you know that the 2014 Chevy Impala ECO grille ripped off the Kia signature grille?

    I’m jtz I can get car designs from a to z. No design can escape me.

    Did you know that the 2010 Ford Tuarus’ face is nothing but an evolved 2000 Nissan Altima’s face?

    Did you know that Hyundai/Kia designs today are inspiration to everyone else?

  3. Did you know that I can’t tell you what the 2014 Kia cee’d, Soul Optima, Rio, Sportage designs copied off of? Did you know that Kia’s latest concepts like the Niro,Trackster, Provo and Cross GT, I can’t tell you what those designs ripped off of? Will I lied the Cross GT’s back C pillars ripped off the 1999 Kia Carens.

    Other than that I can’t tell you what Kia’s designs are looking like. I can get the K9 and K7 but most big sedans look like a bmw or a Lexus or another luxury car. Take a look at the Regal’s greenhouse vs. Volvo S60′s greenhouse same design. Nothing special. To be honest, when I look at the Kia K900, I see BMW like appearance, but I don’t see a direct copy compared to the 100 cars I just listed. Example, 2008 Nissan Murano and Chrysler Delta concept. I can’t get the K9 like that. The closes I can get the K9 is the Massarti.

    Did you know that the Pilot’s backend ripped off the Scion XB’s?

  4. Correction: “Did you know that the Acura MDX’s side profile is also on the 2009 Mazda 6′s?”

    Acura ZDX vs. 2009 Mazda 6 hint side profles.

    Acura ZDX and Chevy Volt hint backends.

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