2023 Kia Soul Loses Turbo, X-Line Trims, Adds Colors
For the 2023 model year, the Kia Soul goes through some changes, most notably the deletion of the 1.6-liter turbo engine. The Kia will now be sold exclusively with the 147 horsepower, 2.0L naturally aspirated engine, mated to an automatic transmission.
The 2 023 model year also sees the deletion of the rugged X-Line trim, which was introduced for 2020. From a cosmetic standpoint, the 2023 Soul also comes with a re-designed front grille and fog lights, and new daytime running lights and turn signals. Customers can choose from newly designed 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels.
There are additional two-tone paints: Clear White and Surf Blue. Each can be combined with a Fusion Black roof.
All Soul trim levels except for the base LX get a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation. New for 2023 is the LX Technology Package, which bundles blind-spot collision avoidance and rear cross-collision avoidance with the LX’s 16-inch wheels.
If you choose to go with the GT-Line Technology Package, that will include goodies such as a Harmon Kardon sound system, electric parking brake, heated front seats, and an adjustable cargo floor. The optional package also includes LED headlights and taillights, a cargo cover, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
The following items now come as standard across the 2023 Kia Soul range, which includes the LX, S, EX, GT-Line, and GT-Line Tech trim levels: Forward collision-avoidance assist-pedestrian, lane-keeping assist with lane-following assist, lane-departure warning, driver-attention warning, high-beam assist, and rear-occupant alert.
Kia has stated that sales of the Soul were up by nearly 5 percent in 2021, with more than 75,000 units delivered.
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