Darling's is a family-owned business that has been serving the people of Maine since 1903. Our secret to success is simple. We treat our customers well, we stand by our products and we give back to our employees and our community. These core principles were established at Darling's from the very beginning and they're woven into everything we do to this day.Awards:* JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS), Initial Quality Study (IQS) * 2015 KBB.com 15 Best Family Cars * 2015 KBB.com Best Buy Awards Finalist * 2015 KBB.com 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000Reviews:* Whether you desire value, practicality, stylish looks or surprising technology and amenities in your economy hatchback, the 2015 Soul checks all the boxes. The new plug-in Kia Soul EV, meanwhile, offers all that in an electric car with an EPA-estimated range of 93 miles. Source: KBB.com* Loads of available features; attractive cabin with user-friendly controls and ample passenger space; long warranty; excellent crash test scores. Source: Edmunds* Totally transformed, the Kia Soul is more fun to drive, has more advanced technology, and more surprises. It looks different because it is different. With its unique styling inside and out and impressive features it's a new way to roll. Think of the Soul as your personal canvas. It's ready for custom touches. Unique colors inside and out for you to choose from. Plenty of optional accessories, like aluminum sill plates for the doors, all-weather floormats and bumper applique. For the finishing touch, a sunshade with the name Soul on it. Soul ! models have distinctive front LED accent lights and LED taillights to stand apart from the rest. Enjoy the strong performance of Soul's 130-hp 1.6L engine or Soul + and ! models' 164-hp 2.0L engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Manual transmission is also available on Soul and Soul +. An available Eco Package on Soul+ includes Idle Stop & Go. It automatically turns off the engine when you come to a complete stop and then seamlessly restarts the engine when you release the brake pedal. Inside you will experience tons of standard features including 60/40 split-folding rear seats and Bluetooth. Available features include sunroof, push-button start with smart key, pulsating speaker lights, heated front seats, power-folding mirrors, voice-command navigation system, automatic climate control, rear-camera display, USB/aux for your MP3s, an accessory cable that lets you control your iPod, and UVO infotainment system which lets you use your compatible cell phone to make hands-free calls, receive and respond to text messages, listen to streaming audio, enjoy your personal music, and play your favorite song, artist or genre of music all by giving a single voice command. Source: The Manufacturer Summary
The Kia Soul was redesigned last year, so for this year it's mostly the same save for a few small changes to several options and amenities. The most notable upgrades have been made to Kia's UVO eServices, which feature several updates making the system more robust, with increased app compatibility. Other changes include a new set of interior colors available on 'Exclaim' trimmed Souls.<p><p>A new electric-powered Soul arrives for 2015. Powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, it pushes the diminutive Soul for a claimed 92 miles on a charge. The Soul EV will come in both base and Plus (+) trims.
The 2015 Kia Soul is offered in base Soul, Soul Plus (+), and Soul Exclaim (!) models, with the base $15,495 Soul including a very generous list of standard features. Power windows and locks, heated mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker sound system with satellite radio compatibility and USB and auxiliary inputs are all part of the base feature set.
Soul+ models add larger 17-inch alloy wheels, additional fender trim, outside-mirror turn signals, a driver armrest and upgraded center console, a rear camera system and a center armrest in the back seat. The Soul! level comes with 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, projector headlamps, front LED marker lamps and rear 'halo' lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a power driver's seat, cooled glove box and glossy piano-black trim for the dash.
Plus and Exclaim models comes with the UVO eServices capability, which includes an 8-inch capacitive screen, plus apps for Pandora and many more. The system runs on Linux and is easily upgradable.
Options include a full navigation system, 350-watt Infinity audio, a panoramic sunroof, fog lamps, ventilated front seats and heated seats for all four outboard seating positions.
While the Soul's exterior makes the vehicle stand out, the interior shines as well. There are soft-touch materials throughout, with fun features such as lighted speaker rings and customizable LED mood lighting. Well-bolstered front seats should help on longer trips, and the back seat is large enough for a couple of adults, or three across if it's kids headed back from practice.
Powertrains are what the Soul most has in common with other small sedans and hatchbacks. The base Soul includes a 130-horsepower, 1.6L DOHC 4-cylinder engine, while Plus and Exclaim models step up to the 2.0L four, making 164 hp. The 1.6L includes a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional 6-speed automatic, while all models with the larger engine include the automatic.
The new-for-2015 Soul EV is Kia's first all-electric vehicle. It carries a 27 kilowatt-hour battery pack that makes 109 horsepower and 210 lb-feet of torque. Kia claims a 92-mile range on a full charge.
The Soul EV is similar in shape and size to the gasoline-powered Soul, but feature a unique grille and energy-saving LED lighting. Base Soul EVs come with 16-inch alloy wheels, heated power mirrors, an UVO infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen interface, voice activation and smartphone integration. Bluetooth, a heated steering wheel, remote keyless entry and dual-zone climate control are all standard as well.
Soul EV Plus models add leatherette seat trim, ventilated front seats and a proximity key system. The EV starts at $33,700. The Plus trim runs $2,000 more.