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Blue Ribbons, Oscars, Gold Metals, "Best in Show" The KIA Soul has even more Awards!

It's not just your imagination!

The KIA Soul is a very awarded car indeed. The following is a just for fun list of accolades for the Soul, mostly for North America but a few from other countries as well. The years range from 2009 to 2013 and are in no particular order.

Enjoy browsing!

Is it true that the KIA Soul isn't just a car...it's a lifestyle? ;)
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AND THE WINNER IS....The KIA SOUL!
* Wards Automotive Interior of the year.
* Autoweek Top 10 Great and Safe rides for Teens.
* Kelly Blue Book 10 Best back to school cars.
* Kelly Blue Book Coolest Cars under $18,000.00.
* Time Magazine most exciting new car.
* Texas Auto Writers Association Best Value.
* 2013 Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year.
* Autobytel Soul top 10 lowest price new cars.
* NHTSA 5 Star Side Impact crash test.
* 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick.
* 2013 Best Buy Consumer Digest.
* Kelly Blue Book Lowest Cost of Ownership.
* J.D. Powers Segment Leader in Initial Quality 2012.
* In 2012 KIA Passed a Milestone of having sold their 4 millionth vehicle in the USA!
* Edmunds.com Best Hatchback.
* FAMA Magazine Car of the Year.
* Red Dot Award-Prestigious Design Award
* US EPA Department Smartway Certification
* Cars.com Best Hatchback.
* 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick.
* Popular Mechanics 2010 Automotive Excellance Award.
* Total Car Score Best Overall Value.
* Consumers Digest 2012 Best Buy Award.
* 2012 NADA Guide most versatile car.
*Kelly Blue Book 2012 Coolest new car of the year.
* Kelly Blue Book Top Tailgating Car.
* 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Award Edmunds.com
* J.D. Powers Kia Soul highest ranked compact multi-purpose vehicle in Initial Quality.
* For 2 years in a row Nielsen Automotive Commercials of the year...Hamsters.
* Brittish Caravan Club KIA Soul tow car of the year.
* KIA Soul Awarded 5 Star European NCAP safety rating.
* Reader's Digest Names Kia Soul "Best Car Deal Under $15,000"
* The 2013 Kia Soul is ranked #9 in Affordable Small Cars by U.S. News.
* 2012 Top 100 Global Brands-KIA is worth over $4 billion, which puts the automaker at 87th place on the ‘Top 100 Best Global Brands’ list. Kia has made strides in product quality, design and innovative marketing over the past few years. I call it the "Peter Principal"! That's the time after Peter Schreyer joined up with KIA!
* Edmunds.com Names Kia Soul to List of Top Ten Cars for Pet Safety.
* Only 3 cars sold in the USA have a 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty...KIA, Hyundai and Mitsubishi.

* Of all cars sold in America, currently the KIA Soul ranks #20 on the Top Selling Cars List with 60,000 sold last year.
 

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Yup!
"Brittish Caravan Club KIA Soul tow car of the year."

I particularly liked that one. It came with a picture. (of course!)



And, it's white, just like mine! :)
 

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Those European RV Trailers are really really light...probably 1000 lbs or less. So you can tow a trailer with it...but I have a feeling that purdy white KIA Soul has the KIA diesel under it's hood with all the torque needed. KIA North American advises towing is not allowed with the gasser engines we have.
 

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the Soul is the 37th best selling vehicle in the US for March (out of 254)
 

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From the number of Souls I see running around here, I'd guess that it's the number one seller here.
They're Everywhere!

As for the towing, I had a chat with my Service Manager last Thursday, while I was there for my 9k service and I specifically asked him if putting on a trailer hitch or towing a small trailer would void a Soul warranty and he said "NO". Then I asked him how many Souls in the area have trailer hitches on them and he said there were quite a few. A rental company, that installs trailer hitches, just a few blocks from the Kia dealer, keeps the Curt Hitch for the Soul in stock.

Cheers Mates!
TM :cool:
 
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