2011 Kia
Soul
vs. 2011 Nissan
LEAF SV

2011 Nissan LEAF SV

10.0

starting from

$33,630

Reasons to buy the Nissan LEAF SV

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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
106 mpg
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
92 mpg
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Keyless entry
Standard
2011 Kia Soul

8.8

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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Poor range on the highway
394 miles
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Average range in the city
330 miles
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Winner: LEAF SV
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  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Winner: LEAF SV
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  • The LEAF SV has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Winner: LEAF SV
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  • The LEAF SV has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Winner: LEAF SV
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  • The LEAF SV has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
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
  • The best price we've seen is $19,635 cheaper (2.4x less), $13,995 vs $33,630
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have a very low top speed
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Very limited highway range
Overall 8.8 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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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 Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the LEAF SV; not available on the Soul
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor 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 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the Soul

Safety Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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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 4 vs 5 The LEAF SV has an OK number of airbags while the Soul has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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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

Entertainment System

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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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

Cost

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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MSRP $13,995 vs $33,630 The Soul has a great price and the LEAF SV is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 106 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the LEAF SV in particular gets exceptional mileage
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the LEAF SV's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the LEAF SV's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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0-60 mph 9.8 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.6 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 114 mph vs 90 mph Both have a very low top speed

Performance

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 107 HP Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs Unknown
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Unknown
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.0 lb/hp vs 31.5 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-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 34.4 ft vs 37.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 394 miles vs 73 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 53.4 ft3 vs 23.0 ft3 The Soul has lots of cargo room, and the LEAF SV is OK, too
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front seats 54.1 ft3 vs Unknown
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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 Standard You won't find this in the Soul , but the LEAF SV's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The Soul has a good number of cupholders, but the LEAF SV is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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