When our automaker's compact SUV returned for the latest model year, we at World Kia Joliet already knew the favorite for checking every box for drivers from here in Joliet, IL and over in New Lenox to up to Bolingbrook and Naperville and beyond. From celebrated base to + (Plus), and ! (Exclaim) trims, the new Kia Soul offers bold style, excellent fuel economy, loads of features, and driving fun. But the automotive research and valuation expert Kelley Blue Book, having "loved everything about it since its debut," had even more to add. To quote the reviewer: 2018 Kia Soul "delivers in every area that matters," including cutting-edge tech and available options in abundance.

For one, UVO3 infotainment, sporting an updated audio system, is now standard in 2018 Soul +. It's available in the Kia Soul base, too, by way of an optional Convenience Package that also incorporates a rearview camera and automatic headlights. A KBB favorite, among many? Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, letting you extend your compatible smartphone to in-dash control, for app, map, and music access and more. Moreover, 2018 Soul ! now offers a superb audio upgrade in the form of a harman/kardon sound system, available via a Technology Package.

Further, the cool Plus Primo package becomes a hipper variant, Primo Lit. The latter now features, for instance, power-adjustable heated and cooled leather front seating and a panoramic sunroof for a touch of natural beauty for that cruise over to Plainfield. You can also take advantage of intelligently forward-thinking driver-assist tech for traffic around Orland Park, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning, and, to help steer clear of an accident, autonomous emergency braking. Last but not least, options like HID headlights and LED positioning lights help strike through dim conditions while cutting quite a figure, as does a newly available Wild Orange exterior color scheme.

Of course, a few standout standards for the drive include, in the 2018 Soul base, a six-speed manual transmission in pairing with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, offering that sporty, hands-on feel enthusiasts crave. However, it's with the 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter inline-four in 2018 Soul Exclaim, says KBB, that turbocharged driving excitement takes off. You can count on doing so efficiently, too -- Kia Soul makes possible up to 26 MPG city and 31 MPG highway depending on trim, according to EPA estimates. Chalk up further advancements like firmer shocks and springs, an available (and sizable) 18-inch wheel and tire package, and fun cornering abilities for a tall crossover, and your ride becomes a pleasure cruise.

The authorities and we surely agree: it's an experience. Take the scenic route and pay a visit to our West Jefferson Street showroom here in town, and we'll be delighted to introduce you to all that everyone's talking about and more!


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