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The 2010 Kia Soul urban passenger vehicle recently was named to the "Top Vehicle Picks for Dog Owners" list by AAA, North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization. The uniquely styled vehicle was selected as a good choice for transporting smaller and mid-size breeds, and recognized by AAA for its roomy interior, handling, fuel economy and variety of available accessories that offer ease and comfort for both dogs and owners.

"The versatile and uniquely styled Soul offers dog owners the complete package of style, value and numerous safety features that keep both drivers and their canine companions safe and comfortable on the road," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. "We are happy that the Soul is able to offer owners a little extra piece of mind while they are transporting their dogs."

AAA Auto Buying's team of experts selected vehicles for a wide variety of factors including: crash test ratings, safety features, fuel economy, ease of animal ingress and egress, cargo size area, availability of tie-down hooks and easy-to-clean interiors. The list includes vehicles aimed toward a variety of lifestyles, and all winning vehicles were selected for their ability to keep drivers, passengers and canine companions safe and comfortable while on the road. Vehicles were selected in the following categories: Luxury, Active Lifestyle, Kids, Dogs & Everything Else, Efficient and Fun, Green and Economical.

A 2009 and 2010 "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Soul has a trophy case full of awards and accolades, including "Best Family Cars for 2010" by Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine, "Best Hatchback of 2010" by Cars.com, "2010 Top Cars for Families" by Motherproof.com, "Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000" and "Top 10 Back-to-School Cars" for 2010 from Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. Soul is available in four trims - Soul, Soul+, Soul! (exclaim) and Soul sport. Pricing for the versatile five-door begins under $14,000(1).

Available in four trims, Soul, Soul+, Soul! (exclaim) and Soul sport, Kia Motors' funky five-door is a perfect embodiment of the brand's current design-led transformation with its unique design. In addition to immense style and value, all four Soul models also offer consumers the same high level of standard safety equipment as all Kia vehicles, including front seat active headrests, dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted and full-length side curtain airbags, an Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Front and rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams, an impact-absorbing steering column and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system also come standard.
 

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Nice, love reading great Soul reviews.

My sister-in-law always has her dog in her Soul.

I....on the other hand....won't let the dogs walk withen 5 feet of Soul. :) What can I say?
 

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I know what you mean about not letting dogs near it! Just the thought of a dog puncturing the leather in my car gives me goosebumps.
 

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I bought my Soul+ because my 80-pound greyhound wasn't fitting very well in the back of my sedan (okay, and it was a 12-year-old car anyway). We'd bought a car hammock, but it was a kludgy solution. Plenty of room for the big guy to stretch out in the back of the Soul. Should be especially nice when I'm taking him along to visit family 200 miles away.
 

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they dont talk about the scratches to my door when your dog tries to look out the window. One of the main reasons that my dog doesent ride as often as she did in my old '88 which she never damaged.
 

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I know what you mean about not letting dogs near it! Just the thought of a dog puncturing the leather in my car gives me goosebumps.
You don't have a dog, do you? If you did, I think you would know that puncturing leather is very unlikely. Especially if you cut their toe nails, as needed.
My last car had leather seats and him puncturing them was never a concern. The worst thing he does is slobber up the windows. The good thing about leather, if his paws were wet, all it takes is a damp rag to wipe clean, or a little leather cleaner. And he's not a small dog, he goes 50lbs.

At home I purposely bought a leather coach, so the dog could use it, without getting caught on fabric, and once again, ease of cleaning.
 

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too funny - aaa definitely did forget to mention that the soul is a very great dog car just as long as the dog doesn't move and stays in one spot...
 
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