Top 10 Back-to-School Cars: 2010 Kia Soul

On the heels of earning a "Top Safety Pick" by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety -IIHS, the 2010 Kia Soul crossover has been named to the "Top 10 Back-to-School Cars" list by

Kia's funky five-door urban cruiser has been recognized for its exceptional value, great fuel economy, warranty, unique styling and reliability.

The 2010 Kia Soul is an attractive option for students headed back to school.
A well-known automotive resource site has also recongized the Soul for its impressive interior space and enjoyable creature comforts.

In addition to immense style and value, Soul also offers consumers the same high level of standard safety equipment as all Kia vehicles, including front seat active headrests, dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted and full-length side curtain airbags, an Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Front and rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams, an impact-absorbing steering column and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system also come standard.

The list, compiled by editors at, represents vehicles that offer reliability, safety features, affordability, practicality, good handling and attractive styling, effectively appealing to both parents and students. Also taken into consideration is value, with all new vehicles posting starting prices below $18,000, with Soul easily complying with a base starting MSRP of $13,300.

"The 2010 Kia Soul is the perfect back-to-school vehicle, providing style and options that will appeal to students, as well as safety features, fuel economy and reliability that will give any parent piece of mind,'" said Vice President, Marketing at Kia Motors America (KMA). [Source: Kia Motors Korea]