1st Generation (2010—2013) Soul Problems

This generations ranks 39th out of 43 Kia generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the steering (20%), electrical (13%), and the engine (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Failure 2 complaints at an average of 73,250 miles in the 2013 Kia Soul.
  2. Hood Unlatched While Driving 3 complaints at an average of 59,729 miles in the 2012 Kia Soul.
  3. Third Set of Shocks and Struts 2 complaints at an average of 67,996 miles in the 2010 Kia Soul.

What Soul Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Kia model years.

Watch out for the 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2013 36 1 66 15.8
2012 44 1 68 12.7
2011 10 2 39 4.89
2010 8 3 41 4.8

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