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Thread: What to buy? 2012 Exclaim vs. Honda Fit Sport vs. Hyundai Accent SE

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    What to buy? 2012 Exclaim vs. Honda Fit Sport vs. Hyundai Accent SE

    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:
    Price
    Passenger space
    Cargo space
    Reliability and durability (gotta last at least 10 years)
    Gas mileage
    Drives well in all four seasons
    Dealer network size and customer-focused
    Good looks
    Last edited by gowron; 11-12-2011 at 01:04 AM.

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    Wow! You're looking at some of the same cars that we were recently looking at. We discounted the Honda & a Nissan, because of their Warranty, 3/36 Basic & 5/60 Drivetrain, and if you look at the Fit... it has a 1.5L Engine.

    We Test Drove a '12 Hyundai Accent Hatchback (we've owned 5 Hyundai's in the past...), and the 1.6L Engine, was gutless. I wouldn't count on it, if and when we ever had to scoot out of a tight spot in traffic, or jumping on the highway.

    Hyundai & Kia are owned by the same company, which is why their Warranties are the same, not to mention, there are many similarities between their cars.

    When you look at the Soul, well... it's hand down the Winner, in it's offerings, even for the Standard Equipment in the car.

    Here's a tip for you... check out the Warranties that your local area Honda, Hyundai & Kia Dealers are offering. For example, our Soul came with 5/60 Roadside Assistance, and 10/100 Powertrain Warranty. The Dealer we purchased ours from, gives LIFETIME Roadside Assistance and LIFETIME Powertrain Warranty, for the Original Owner. So, if we decided to keep our Soul for the next 10 Years, it would be covered for at least the Roadside Assistance and Powertrain Warranty, at least until the Dealership went Belly-Up!

    Look at this comparison on edmunds.com, of the three you're looking at. Check out the Engine Size/HP/Torque, and the Cargo Space. Note... that I selected the Manual Tranny for the Accent & Fit, so take that into consideration when comparing the prices. Auto Tranny is about $1K Higher:

    http://www.edmunds.com/car-compariso...atorId=6062354

    For the Value..... the Soul is worth every penny!

    Best of Luck!

    Cheers!

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    Last edited by Blackbeard; 11-12-2011 at 04:11 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gowron View Post
    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:
    Price
    Passenger space
    Cargo space
    Reliability and durability (gotta last at least 10 years)
    Gas mileage
    Drives well in all four seasons
    Dealer network size and customer-focused
    Good looks
    You'll probably have more fun in the Soul Exclaim.

    When I was shopping around I test drove the Mazda 3 and Scion XB.

    The Mazda 3 was cramped. The Soul had a ton more interior room and surprisingly the 2.0 compared very well to the Mazda 2.5 in performance.

    Compared to the Scion XB the Soul 2.0 was cheaper, had better performance, more standard features, and had comparable interior space.

    Honda's proven quality and reliability are its biggest selling points and I am still a bit dubious about KIA in this regard to be quite honest. But the Fit's hp is only 117 compared to the Soul's 164hp 2.0 which is matted to a 6 speed transmission. The Soul's drive quality was its biggest selling point for me. The trade off for you would be mpg.
    Last edited by WEREWOLF; 11-12-2011 at 04:44 AM.

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    When I was looking to buy it was between a Soul or a Honda fit sport. My mom owns a fit sport. It has more storage space and the seats are really useful when you need to fold them down, but I found the engine too jerky. The engine is small and although it delivered when I would press the gas, I found it too noisy. Especially when starting from a dead stop or on the highway. I could hear it all the time and it really bothered me. Reliability is great though, no problems so far, and I drove it from montreal to florida a few times.
    When it was time for me to buy though I went with the soul. The engine noise was one of the factors. When test driving the soul I found it silent and smooth. Also I really wanted extra things like a moonroof and leather seats which the fit still doesn't offer. Also the height of the soul is a big plus, I'm tall and fit in it very well. I think the fit would have been the smarter buy but it just didn't feel right.

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    In my area, there are about three times as many KIA dealers as there are Honda dealers. Plus, having driven a Honda Civic for more than 11 years, it was time for a change. I refused to even consider sedans at that time, preferring something completely different. I was drawn to the Soul's styling, value for the money, and warranty, as well as ample access to service in my area. I have not regretted my purchase one bit!

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    I am not all that familiar with your other choices, but my wife drives a Civic, and I have several issues with it. First and foremost, it has the world's worst seats. With my bad lower back I am crippled for hours after an hour or two in the Civic. Since she did buy an automatic, I do not like the fact it has a shift point right around 60 MPH. Very rude!

    The Soul provides a practical amount of space on a tiny footprint, totally supportive seats, ease of egress that is super, and tons of extra features for the money. The fun to drive quotient for a boxy car is amazing. Its Benz/Rover-like styling is certainly better than the Cube or Scion.

    I was not aware that you can no longer buy a manual in the top model, though. That could be a pain. But I believe it is a manumatic, so you should be all right. Test drive it thoroughly, city and highway. Today's small car automatics are programmed strictly for fuel economy, and are undriveable.

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    They are all 3 good cars worth looking at, which I did before buying my Soul. Passenger space was very important as I have parents in their 70's who just can't fold-up into small cars anymore. The Fit was very nice, but just too small for them, same with the accent. They can easily get in and out of the back of the Soul and have plenty of head and leg room.

    I also looked at the Ford Fiesta (tempted by that 40 mpg) and I liked it but was leery of that CVT transmission and space was cramped in the back seat + it was too expensive for what it was.
    Last edited by NurseDiesel; 11-12-2011 at 12:32 PM.
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    passenger space:
    Legroom front: Soul - 42.1", Fit - 41.3", Accent - 41.8"
    Legroom rear: Soul - 39"; Fit - 35", Accent - 33.3"

    Headroom front: Soul - 40.2"; Fit - 40.4"'; Accent - 39.9"
    Headroom rear: Soul - 39.6"; Fit 39.0"; Accent - 37.2"

    Cargo area:
    behind front seat: Soul - 53.4 cu.ft.; Fit - 57.3; Accent 47.5"
    behind back seat: Soul - 19.3; Fit - 20.7"; Accent - 17.2"

    Passenger volume: Soul - 102.3 cu.ft.; Fit - 90.8"; Accent - 91.0

    Engine: Soul 2.0L 164hp; Fit 1.5L 117 hp; Accent 1.6L 138 hp

    depends on your priorities, sit in each and see how it feels, if fuel mileage is your main requirement then the Fit or Accent would fit. However, if you are throwing in the Accent in this mix, then I would seriously consider the all new Rio 5 very similar in size, with the same drive train and transmission and engine, but in my opinion a much better looking package.

    To be more equal you should be considering the 1.6L Soul to the Fit and Accent.

    Is the 2012 Honda Fit even out yet? I once tried the Fit and found it too low to the ground for my liking, I like to get into a car not drop-down into a car. You should be comparing features for the dollar as the Exclaim has the UVO and Infinity sound system as standard. The Fit with auto is $17,760 and is 5-speed. Accent with 6 speed auto $17,555 (includes other stuff besides the auto)
    Last edited by conwelpic; 11-12-2011 at 01:26 PM.

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    If space is a requirement FIT is off the table. I couldn't get my husband into it at all and he fits in the Soul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbeard View Post
    Wow! You're looking at some of the same cars that we were recently looking at. We discounted the Honda & a Nissan, because of their Warranty, 3/36 Basic & 5/60 Drivetrain, and if you look at the Fit... it has a 1.5L Engine.

    We Test Drove a '12 Hyundai Accent Hatchback (we've owned 5 Hyundai's in the past...), and the 1.6L Engine, was gutless. I wouldn't count on it, if and when we ever had to scoot out of a tight spot in traffic, or jumping on the highway.

    Hyundai & Kia are owned by the same company, which is why their Warranties are the same, not to mention, there are many similarities between their cars.

    When you look at the Soul, well... it's hand down the Winner, in it's offerings, even for the Standard Equipment in the car.

    Here's a tip for you... check out the Warranties that your local area Honda, Hyundai & Kia Dealers are offering. For example, our Soul came with 5/60 Roadside Assistance, and 10/100 Powertrain Warranty. The Dealer we purchased ours from, gives LIFETIME Roadside Assistance and LIFETIME Powertrain Warranty, for the Original Owner. So, if we decided to keep our Soul for the next 10 Years, it would be covered for at least the Roadside Assistance and Powertrain Warranty, at least until the Dealership went Belly-Up!

    Look at this comparison on edmunds.com, of the three you're looking at. Check out the Engine Size/HP/Torque, and the Cargo Space. Note... that I selected the Manual Tranny for the Accent & Fit, so take that into consideration when comparing the prices. Auto Tranny is about $1K Higher:

    Compare Vehicles: 2012 Kia Soul vs. 2012 Hyundai Accent vs. 2012 Honda Fit

    For the Value..... the Soul is worth every penny!

    Best of Luck!

    Cheers!

    BB
    Looks like you got a really good dealer. The KIA dealers around here (Michigan) won't even return phone calls unless you're ready to BUY TODAY.
    Which makes me wonder how responsive their service departments will be.

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