By now, you've probably seen the new Kia Soul ad featuring a sleeked out, slimmed down hamsters and Lady GaGa's "Applause" song. While I thought the ad was funny, and I blogged about it, I didn't really get the full import of the commercial until I drove the 2014 model. This next-gen Soul might look the same on the surface, but it is so fundamentally different that it truly gets a radical transformation that's similar to turning a chubby hamster into a suave chipmunk look-alike. From the fit and finish to the quiet-and-smooth up-level 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine, the all-new Kia Soul manages to be both quirky and luxurious.
My test vehicle was the top-of-the-line ! model with The Whole Shebang Package. So, the emphasis here is on luxurious.
Here are 5 things that totally surprised me when I first got behind the wheel ...
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