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The 2023 Jeep Renegade is a reasonably popular SUV. However, not everyone searching for a vehicle of this type needs one with all-wheel drive. Because of this, the 2023 Kia Soul is an excellent choice if you mostly plan to use the vehicle for general driving. The Kia option comes at a much lower price and has similar features, minus the off-roading capabilities the 2023 Jeep Renegade has.

The 2023 Kia Soul is a litter faster 

2023 Jeep Renegade in orange
2023 Jeep Renegade | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

Neither the Kia Soul 2023 nor the Renegade Jeep are designed to be the fastest SUVs. However, one advantage the new Kia has over the Renegade is that it’s faster. According to a Car and Driver test, the 2023 Kia Soul accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8 seconds. While not particularly quick, it takes the new Renegade 8.7 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. 

The Kia Soul 2023 has a 2.0-liter engine under the hood with a maximum output of 147 horsepower. The Jeep Renegade 2023 has a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower. Regarding transmissions, the front-wheel drive Kia uses a continuously variable, while the new Renegade has a nine-speed automatic. Also of note is that the new Kia Soul has better fuel economy than the Renegade Jeep. 

The Kia Soul 2023 interior is better than the Jeep Renegade 2023’s 

2023 Kia Soul interior
2023 Kia Soul | Kia

The new Kia Soul interior is one of the best for an SUV in its price range. Regarding space, it seats up to five. In addition, the new Kia Soul has lots of cargo space with room for seven suitcases with the seats up and about 20 with them folded down. While the 2023 Renegade Jeep’s rear seats fold completely flat, there is much less room for cargo. 

The Kia Soul’s interior is also better than the Renegade’s because of its technology options. The Kia comes with a 10.3-inch touchscreen for all models besides the base. However, the Renegade has an 8.4 inch. Both are fine, but this demonstrates how much more buyers get from the Kia for less money. 

The Kia Soul and Jeep Renegade look similar

2023 Kia Soul in blue
2023 Kia Soul | Kia

Regarding appearance, the Kia Soul and Jeep Renegade are often compared. Though they have their differences, they both feed the need for a unique-looking SUV. The 2023 Renegade Jeep exterior may be a tad more dynamic, but the Kia Soul’s fashion-forward look also stands out. Neither SUV is for everyone in terms of looks, but overall the Kia Soul might be more stylish. 

What also makes the 2023 Kia Soul more exciting regarding its exterior is its slightly new look. Though not a complete redesign, the new Kia Soul has a different set of headlights and a brand-new front grille. These changes are important in the comparison because some feel it’s time for the Renegade to get a new look. The new Kia Soul feels and looks fresh in comparison.

Both the new Kia Soul and Renegade Jeep are excellent SUVs. However, the Kia Soul is a better option for people not looking to go off-road. Buyers get many of the same features, if not better, for a lower asking price. The 2023 Kia Soul starts at $19,890, while the 2023 Jeep Renegade’s price tag is $29,995.

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