From New York State. I have owned GM autos for 35 years.( Purchased 4 impalas since 2002) Now, the time has come where we want to step up, not quite to a SUV, but something taller than an auto, with easier access. The Soul caught my attention about 3 weeks ago. Started to do internet research, what their is, and then went to a Kia dealership locally to check into them. I joined this forum, in hopes that I can gain some knowledge in design and mechanical background of the vehicle.(I have 35 years of mechanical back ground of Korean made farm tractors). The Base model with standard transmission has my intrest. The models we test drove came with power- locks keyless entry, , and windows. In short, I'm not worried about fancy radios with light up speakers, leather steering wheels, or fancy contraptions , just a good sound machine that can take me from point A to point B successfully for a number of years.