The 2023 Kia Soul's stylized-toaster appearance and legendary ad campaign featuring dancing hamsters say something about its driver.

What's New for 2023?

For 2023, Kia's little Soul SUV gets a minor facelift with a new grille and bumper.

New wheels measuring 17 and 18 inches in diameter are now offered, and there have been modifications made to the headlamps.

The only available powertrain is a front-wheel-drive 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and a continuously variable automated transmission (CVT).

A front-wheel-drive 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 hp and a continuously variable automatic transmission is the only available powerplant (CVT).

The EPA rates the Soul between 28 and 35 mpg on the highway, which is not bad for a car that seems to have poor ventilation.

Its major competitors, the Nissan Kicks and the Hyundai Venue, get similar highway mileage but better city mileage than the Kia.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The upright body of the Soul creates a roomy cabin with lots of space for passengers and cargo.

Kia Soul's interior is youthful and cheeky to match its trendy outside. This includes textured door panel inserts and colourful trim.

Heated seats, steering wheel, ambient lighting, smartphone charging pad, head-up display, push-button start, and keyless entry are also available.

With its variety of interior colour schemes and two-tone paint possibilities, Kia also offers owners a degree of customization.

All but the cheapest model have a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Hyundai surpasses Kia's well-known 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain guarantee by providing the same protection plus three more years.