A Road Trip in a Kia Soul

I love road trips and honestly I don’t take enough of them! I love riding in a car, seeing beautiful scenery, and listening to music. Even more importantly, I love the bonding you are able to do on a road trip. Face it, your stuck in a car with someone for a certain amount of time, so it pretty much forces you to bond. I got to do just that with a friend of mine as we took a road trip in a Kia Soul to Upstate, New York.

A Road Trip in a Kia Soul ©2015 HollyDayz

It was pretty early in the morning when we started loading up the Alien green Kia Soul, or as I liked to refer to it as The Green Machine. The trunk was pretty spacious. There was even a hidden area underneath which looked like a secret compartment. However we put everything in the backseat. Mainly because if we wanted to grab something it would be much easier.

The trunk area ©2015 HollyDayz
The trunk area ©2015 HollyDayz
Stuff in the backseat ©2015 HollyDayz
Stuff in the backseat ©2015 HollyDayz

There was ample room in the back seat. My friend had 2 big duffle bags, a jacket, and her purse and I had on carry on sized luggage, a camera bag, and a jacket. Not realizing there was a navigation system in the car I had a GPS and she had her phone. Once I realized there was one, we set it up to take us to our destination, Hudson, New York.

Navagation/Radio etc. ©2015 HollyDayz
Navagation/Radio etc. ©2015 HollyDayz

Normally when I sit in a car too long my sciatic nerve begins to bother me, but I had no issues in the Kia. I was pretty comfortable. There was enough ports to charge our phones, which is ironic since we were heading upstate to do a day offline with no electronics. We also hooked up the iPod so we could listen to some great music on the ride.

For the most part we started our day offline. My friend and I don’t get a lot of time to hang out or anything. We are both pretty busy and new friends having met through a mutual friend. We had a great time talking and becoming really good friends on our smooth ride.

Beautiful fall foliage ©2015 HollyDayz
Beautiful fall foliage ©2015 HollyDayz

We had to make a couple of sharp turns on our 2 and a half hour ride and the car handled really well. There was even a point where we had to make a quick U-Turn and the Soul did it with ease. I enjoyed our trip up, looking at the beautiful fall foliage scenery. It became better and better as we got further upstate.

Once we got Upstate and joined a huge group for the one day offline event we kept going in and out the car to grab things. It was pretty easy with the keyless entry to grab what we needed without worrying about keys in our hands. We had a great time and didn’t drive again till we headed back into Queens, New York the next afternoon.

Panoramic Sun Roof ©2015 HollyDayz
Panoramic Sun Roof ©2015 HollyDayz

The ride back was even more enjoyable. I was a bit more awake and realized there was a panoramic sunroof. It was a beautiful day, but we weren’t trying to feel the wind on the highway. However the warm sun felt nice for awhile until it was too much in our face. I thought the panoramic sunroof was a nice feature.

It was a gorgeous day and my friend and I talked about the event we had just left, but also enjoyed the ride back. The ride seemed to go much quicker, but once again we were able to enjoy the beautiful foliage. We got back and began unloading the car. We had more things we took back then we went with and still it all fit well in the backseat.

Luggage and more in the backseat ©2015 HollyDayz
Luggage and more in the backseat ©2015 HollyDayz

A great feature the Kia Soul offered was the gas milage. We went to Hudson and back and still had a ton of gas left in the tank. The Kia Soul is said to get 31 miles to the gallon on the highway and it did us well. We didn’t have to worry about stopping for gas!

The car had so many features and I didn’t want to give it back. I wish I could have kept it awhile longer as I really enjoyed my time with it. Although Alien green isn’t a color I would opt for, the Soul was much better than I had expected. I have always liked Kia’s, but wasn’t too sure about the Soul and I was proven differently.

Disclaimer: While receiving the 2015 Kia Soul to review, all opinions and views are my own.

48 thoughts on “A Road Trip in a Kia Soul

  • October 23, 2015 at 11:33 am
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    I haven’t been on a road trip in years but I do want to take one soon! This looks like a really good car to use for it though! My aunt has this car and she loves it!

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    • October 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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      I love them, they are so much fun. I really liked the car I am not surprised that she loves it. I wish I could have kept it lol

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  • October 23, 2015 at 11:44 am
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    This car looks like it was made for the road…compact and colorful. And I too haven’t been on a road trip in forever and used to love them, need to get back into it.

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    • October 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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      Yes get back to it, there is nothing like the open road! It was a great car for the road trip!

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  • October 23, 2015 at 11:49 am
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    Great read. I’ve been thinking about buying this car. I’ll consider it a bit more now.

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    • October 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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      Oh really? I think you would enjoy it! You can rock out to your music in it!

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  • October 23, 2015 at 11:14 pm
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    I have driven a Soul as a rental car and I will say it runs well. And you definitely can’t miss it!

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    • October 26, 2015 at 8:29 pm
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      It does run well. I liked it.

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  • October 24, 2015 at 2:26 am
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    Having a recognizable car from a distance is very key, as I once learned in an amusement park parking lot.

    Every time I read a roadtrip post, my urge to take one grows stronger. The only problem – I’m 28 and I still don’t have a licence! I’m kicking myself these days for letting 16 year old me be so lazy about that.

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    • October 26, 2015 at 8:32 pm
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      Yes, that would come in handy, especially in an amusement park parking lot. You should take one soon. You can be the co-captain. Start with getting a permit.

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  • October 24, 2015 at 8:20 am
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    Well you wouldn’t lose the Kia Soul in a carpark. Good to see that it was a good and reliable care to use on your road trip

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    • October 26, 2015 at 8:33 pm
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      Nope, it is an easy find. It was a great car to use.

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  • October 24, 2015 at 8:25 am
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    Road trips are such fun whether they’re short or long. They can be spontaneous and are offer such freedom when traveling. It’s even better when it’s enjoyed with a friend!

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    • October 26, 2015 at 8:34 pm
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      I love that they can be spontaneous. Just get in a car and go. It gives a lot of freedom and opportunity.

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    • October 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm
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      It stands out and turns heads.

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  • October 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm
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    I’m a Subaru girl myself but the Soul is definitely a cute car.

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm
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      It is a cute car.

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  • October 25, 2015 at 11:15 am
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    Great Post! I love road trips as well and I’m glad you enjoyed yours in your Kia Soul!! Luv the bright color!!

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm
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      Thanks. Road trips are awesome.

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm
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      You can always go for a nice ride though.

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  • October 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm
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    Sounds like a good car to trip in. The only time I get to try put new cars is when we’re traveling a rent something. It looks like the Kia is comfortable.

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:49 pm
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      It was a good one. Very spacious and I liked the features.

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  • October 25, 2015 at 8:50 pm
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    Road trips are so much fun and it sounds like it had all the features that I would want in a car.

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:49 pm
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      They are fun. I enjoyed the features. I know there were more that I didn’t even get to try.

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  • October 25, 2015 at 9:39 pm
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    I’ve never driven a Kia Soul, but I think they are so cute. I’m surprised to see the amount of trunk space in the car.

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm
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      The car has a lot more space that I anticipated. It was really nice.

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  • October 25, 2015 at 11:54 pm
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    I have a Kia Sorento. I drove a Kia Soul on a road trip to Southern Illinois. It is a great car, I thought about trading out for one. Great review on the features. I agree road trips presents ample opportunity for bonding.

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm
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      Thanks, Kia has some nice cars. They really do, I enjoy them.

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  • October 26, 2015 at 1:04 am
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    Every time I see a Kia Soul I think of the commercial. I love, love, love the bold green color it just screams fun. I’m also feeling that double sun roof and all that natural light.

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:54 pm
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      I was thinking of the commercial as well when I first saw it. The green really stands out. I loved the panoramic sun roof.

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  • October 26, 2015 at 6:34 am
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    This Green Car reminds me our trip in Sardinia, we had to put our stuff in te back seat, but to be honest I Liked that small car and I liked window in the roof 🙂 Good memories 🙂

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm
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      I am glad I could bring back some fun memories for you.

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  • October 26, 2015 at 8:56 am
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    While I was in Dallas this weekend, my partner had a Kia Soul and it was really nice. We were surprised how much trunk space it had, and the candy apple red color was cute too. I’m on the road a lot and I love road trips for bonding – either with myself or whoever’s with me.

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm
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      It is really nice. I saw the red one and it was so nice too. They have some stand out colors.

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  • October 26, 2015 at 9:42 am
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    I am not always a lover of road trips, but they can be a great way to explore. And wow…that looks like a lot of trunk space! I would never have imagined just by seeing Kia Souls on the street.

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    • November 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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      They are a great way to explore. You can see a lot more from the ground than in the air. The car can hold a good deal.

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  • October 26, 2015 at 9:45 am
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    My cousin has one of these in Trinidad and it really is a smooth ride. That color is super cool. I love road trips. I just did my first one behind the wheel and it was great.

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    • November 3, 2015 at 8:10 am
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      Oh nice. That is a place I would like to visit. Road trips are great.

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    • November 3, 2015 at 8:12 am
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      You two should!

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  • October 26, 2015 at 10:46 am
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    I have heard great things about this car. It is so cute and the color is fun! It definitely wouldn’t work for my large family, but you better believe that I will be downsizing as soon as I ship them off to college LOL!

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    • November 3, 2015 at 8:12 am
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      It is a really nice car. I enjoyed it. The color is fun.

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  • October 26, 2015 at 1:36 pm
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    It looks roomy, like it has tons of storage space. Good gas mileage is a big bonus.

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    • November 3, 2015 at 8:13 am
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      It is roomy and very comfortable. Good gas mileage is a def a big bonus.

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  • October 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm
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    I would have never thought the Kia Soul had that much room inside. It’s a cute car.

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  • November 3, 2015 at 8:14 am
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    I don’t think a lot of people realized that.

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