2023 Kia Soul Loses Turbo, X-Line Trims, Adds Colors

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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  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
  • Daniel J I believe anyone, at any level, should get paid as much as the market will bear. Why should CEOs have capped salaries or compensation but middle management shouldn't? If companies support poor CEOs and poor CEOs keep getting rewarded, it's up to the consumer and investors to force that company to either get a better CEO or to reduce the salary of that CEO. What I find hilarious is that consumers will continue to support companies where the pay for the CEOs is very high. And the same people complain. I stopped buying from Amazon during the pandemic. Everyone happily buys from them but the CEO makes bank. Same way with Walmart and many other retailers. Tim Cook got 100m in compensation last year yet people line up to buy Iphones. People who complain and still buy the products must not really care that much.
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