2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Kia
Soul

2011 Honda CR-V

9.8

Winner

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Keyless entry
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Good braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
2011 Kia Soul

9.2

Runner-up

Kia Soul

starting from

$13,995
"Feels nimble and well-planted in high-speed turns."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's performance
"A cinch to maneuver around tight city confines in relative comfort."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Soul

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Less safe for the driver in side collisions
4 stars
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 21 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The CR-V has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Crash Test Ratings 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • The Soul has 2.0x less risk of serious injury, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V has 2 more cupholders, 8 vs 6
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 428 miles vs 394 miles
  • Room for around 40% more stuff, 72.9 ft3 vs 53.4 ft3
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic, Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • Around 50% more powerful, 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM
  • The CR-V 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.8 lb/hp vs 21.0 lb/hp
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the CR-V ; not available on the Soul
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

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CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Soul Kia
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MSRP $23,405 vs $13,995 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 26 mpg The Soul has great city mileage and the CR-V is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the CR-V 's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the CR-V 's warranty is very limited

Entertainment System

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 The CR-V has an OK number of speakers, while the Soul has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The CR-V 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Soul does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

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CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 11% to 20% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Safety Features

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CR-V
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2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

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CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 428 miles vs 394 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 53.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 54.1 ft3 The CR-V has average-sized front seats, while the Soul is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 6 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The CR-V 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.8 lb/hp vs 21.0 lb/hp The CR-V has OK performance while the Soul gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.8 ft vs 34.4 ft The Soul can make tight turns, and the CR-V is comparable to most other vehicles

Road Tests

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 9.8 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 135 ft The CR-V has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Soul is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph vs 17.6 s s @ 79.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 114 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Nissan cube Soul vs cube
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Honda Fit Soul vs Fit
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Kia Rio LX Soul vs Rio LX
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Nissan Versa SL Soul vs Versa SL
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Kia Sportage EX Soul vs Sportage EX

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