2013 Kia Soul Five Years Down the Road
Our Previous Car Was A Scion XB
Back in 2012 my wife and I owned just one motor vehicle that we shared for everyday use. That vehicle was a 2006 Scion XB often referred by many as "the box" that we purchased used with 7,000 miles on it. As with many vehicles manufactured by Toyota the little Scion's reliability was top notch. At 64,000 miles we had the car paid off, body and paint was in like new condition and the cost of maintaining it was very low. Maintenance consisted of replacing the front brakes and rotors once, regular oil changes by the dealer every three months and one set of new tires.
This little vehicle had plenty of room for a sub-compact and was fun to drive as well as easy on gas, averaged around thirty five miles to the gallon of gas. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. In September of 2012 we were sitting at a stop light and were hit from behind by a young adult texting on their phone. My wife and I were luckily spared any bodily injury but our little Scion XB was a total loss.
How We Ended Up With A Kia Soul
After the accident we were faced with not having basic transportation and needing a vehicle immediately. We received prompt payment from the other drivers insurance company but the amount was well short of the price of a new car. We wanted a car similar to the XB but cared little for the newer body style of the late model Scions.
That's when we took a serious look at the 2013 Kia Soul. I was a little wary on buying a car made in Korea. After some quick research on the internet and what I had heard from friends that knew people that owned them, I decided to take the plunge and purchase a new one. Dealer price was a little over $16,000, total amount came to a little over $18,000 with taxes and fees. We put six thousand down and financed the balance for sixty months. I was not particular excited about having a car payment but I didn't want the headaches that often come with purchasing a used car.
Well here we are five years down the road and our Soul is paid off. It now has eighty six thousand miles on it and still looks and drives as good as new. Cost of ownership was great too, Kia has a one hundred thousand mile ten year warranty on the power train. Our costs for repairs were minimum consisting of regular oil changes, normal wear and tear items such as shocks, brakes and tires. We did have the check engine light come on twice during ownership, minor repairs that were covered under warranty. The Kia Soul although it doesn't get the mileage that the older Scion XBs do, it is fun to drive and suits our needs. When we find something we really like we stay with it so we plan on keeping the car as long as we can.