I am a new member here, and a new Soul owner, but a long time Kia owner.
We bought the wife a 2011 Soul Sport a few months back, and both of us love the car. Not only is it fun to drive, it is comfortable and quite zippy.
I have been driving a 2005 Kia Spectra since it was brand new. I always loved the car, however as I am getting older and doing more driving, I am getting tired of the manual transmission, and want something more comfortable.
This brings us to now, where we are in the process of getting ready to purchase another Soul because I love her car so much. We have found a 2013 Soul ! fully loaded with only about 7000 miles. It looks like it never had an owner, and was used in a car dealership for an employee to drive back and fourth.
I know this has been talked about in other threads, but nothing has matched my specific questions when searching. I am aware that the gas mileage has been a point of disappointment for many owners. I am well aware I am not going to get the 33 mpg out of a Soul like I did out of my spectra, and the 12.7 gal tank is a little disappointing as it means no matter what the mpg is I will be at the station more often, however...
What is the mpg on the 2013 compared to the 2011 in practical purposes? I know much of it is in how you drive, and I know what the estimates are, but honestly I am quite shocked at the amount of people what are claiming they only get 24-26 mpg on the highway. I thought with the 6 speed auto you would get much better compared to the 2011 4 speed. Am I wrong on this?
My wife has a heavy foot and is averaging around 25-26 on her Soul. When I have driven it for a day or two, I have been able to get her up to 27ish (this is with a mix of her heavy foot and my driving, and it is actual math, not what the dash says).
Basically the biggest thing I am scared of is going down to 26-27 average. I don't mind it being lower, but I was hoping for more of a 29-30 average. I am probably 80+% highway on my cars.
I know this was long, and I appreciate anyone who has stuck thru it with me
Thanks for your opinion... The fact is I will probably get the car anyway, but this is just something that has been on my mind...