Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kia Soul tops list of best vehicles for big-city dwellers

2015 Kia Soul
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2015 Kia Soul Gallery: Kia Soul tops list of best vehicles for big-city dwellers

(MCT) -- Life in the big city may require small wheels.

Cars.com has compiled a list of the 10 best cars for urban dwellers and its top pick was the 2014 Kia Soul, a compact hatchback crossover that offers utility and spare dimensions.

In presenting the list, the website noted that city-dwellers need vehicles small enough to squeeze into tight spots, maneuver and turn around on narrow urban streets and also carry stuff.

The Soul – which starts at $14,400 - earned praise for its ride and handling, convenience features such as heated front and rear seats and its Android-based multimedia system.

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  • "Affordable and city-friendly need not mean Spartan, and the 2014 Soul proves it," Cars.com said.

    Notably absent from the list was the Smart Fortwo, a tiny two-seat car designed primarily for urban driving.

    However, Cars.com cited the vehicle's "many" shortcomings in deciding to exclude it from the list - including worse-than-expected fuel economy (41 miles per gallon), an "SUV-like" rollover rating and a poor transmission.

    In descending order, the rest of the vehicles on Cars.com's list were:

    2015 Honda Fit

    2014 Toyota Prius C

    2014 BMW i3

    2014 Lexus CT200h

    2015 Nissan Leaf

    2014 Jeep Wrangler two-door

    2014 Scion xB

    2014 Buick Encore

    2014 Scion iQ

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