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The Kia Soul is the quirky, boxy little SUV that’s beloved by its owners for its practicality and unique personality. The Soul is one of the only new cars that still has a starting MSRP under $20k for the 2024 model year, making it one of the most affordable SUVs on the market. As long as you don’t need all-wheel drive, the Soul is a good buy for a lot of drivers.

There are four unique trims in the Kia Soul model range, but the most popular one isn’t very surprising.

According to Edmunds, the most popular trim of the 2024 Kia Soul is the base LX model. This is the most affordable variant of the Soul, starting at just $19,990.

There are several reasons why the LX is the most popular trim of the Soul. As of this writing, there are lease deals running specifically on the LX trim of the Soul for as little as $229 per month. That’s a very affordable monthly lease payment by today’s standards, and you can only get a payment that low with the LX model.

Another reason the Soul LX is popular is its bang-for-the-buck factor. Even in the most affordable base trim, the Kia Soul is well-equipped with standard features. Standard features on the LX model include a 147-horsepower 4-cylinder engine that gets a combined fuel economy rating of 30 mpg, an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention warning. The boxy Soul also benefits from 120.9 cubic feet of interior volume, which is huge for a car this size.

Finally, one of the biggest strengths of the Kia Soul is the warranty. It’s tied with the Hyundai Venue for the best warranty in its class. The Soul is covered by an outstanding 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This coverage applies to all Soul models, including the LX trim.

The spacious interior, safety and infotainment tech, class-leading warranty, and good fuel economy are part of a winning formula that makes the affordable Kia Soul an excellent value.

What other trims are available for the Kia Soul?

The Kia Soul can get nicer while still remaining affordable. The mid-range S trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a wireless charging pad, remote start, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation and SiriusXM, and more safety tech like blind-spot monitoring. You get all of that for a starting MSRP of $22,490.

The sporty GT-Line trim starts at $23,590, and it adds a sportier style to the Kia Soul. The critics at Kelley Blue Book likes the GT-Line trim because it “adds a sporty appearance package to the Soul with distinct body styling, a unique front grille, a center exit exhaust finisher, 18-inch alloy wheels, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and an available contrast roof.” This is also the trim recommended by Car and Driver.

Finally, the top EX trim adds premium features to the Kia Soul while still retaining a reasonable price tag.

Which trim level is right for me?

Which trim of the 2024 Kia Soul is right for you depends on your wants, needs, and budget. We can’t blame you for going with the popular LX model starting at under $20k. However, the well-equipped upper trims are still screaming deals at under $25k.


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