OK, I realize that this forum is biased, but I figure nobody knows the Soul better than its owners.
So I'm looking to buy a new 2012 Soul Exclaim or Honda Fit Sport or Hyundai Accent SE.
I would get the Exclaim instead of a Plus because I want the nicer wheels, etc. Although I want a manual trans, I'd have to get it with an auto trans because there are no manual options (bad KIA!). However, I can and would get the Fit or the Accent with their manual transmissions.
Here are the approx prices (US):
Exclaim = $19,600
Fit Sport = $16,900
Accent SE = $15,800
Although the Exclaim offers more standard equipment, I'm just unsure if it's really worth the price differential. I've compared the specs and brochures, but they of course present everything in its best light.
My criteria are:
Reliability and durability (gotta last at least 10 years)
Drives well in all four seasons
Dealer network size and customer-focused