The Kia Soul was introduced to the North American market in 2010.
Based on the Rio platform, it was one of the new breed of stubby compact urban crossover wagons, such as the Nissan Cube, Scion xB, Honda Element, Ford Flex and so on. When it hit the market, Kia was also targeting the Dodge Caliber and Suzuki SX4 as rivals. You could also toss the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix in there.
In 2011, two engines were offered, both four-cylinder. The 1.6-litre version developed 122 horsepower, while the 2.0-litre was good for 142 horses. You could choose from a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission, but the manual gearbox came standard with the smaller engine.