2011 Kia
Soul
vs. 2011 Toyota
RAV4

2011 Toyota RAV4

9.9

Winner

Toyota RAV4

starting from

$23,285

Reasons to buy the Toyota RAV4

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Keyless entry
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Power mirrors
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2011 Kia Soul

9.0

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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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Toyota RAV4 Winner: RAV4
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the RAV4 ; not available on the Soul
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Toyota RAV4 Winner: RAV4
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the RAV4
  • The RAV4 has 4 more cupholders, 10 vs 6
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
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 around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 22 mpg
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota RAV4 Winner: RAV4
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  • The RAV4 has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota RAV4 Winner: RAV4
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  • The RAV4 has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota RAV4 Winner: RAV4
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  • The RAV4 has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Performance 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Both vehicles can make tight turns
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.9 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Toyota
RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
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 RAV4 ; not available on the Soul
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

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RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The RAV4 has lots of passenger seats and the Soul is OK, too
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Highway driving range 445 miles vs 394 miles The RAV4 has OK highway range, but the Soul is very limited
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Cargo space 73.0 ft3 vs 53.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 54.1 ft3 The RAV4 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 Optional vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the RAV4
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs 6 Both have a good number of cupholders but the RAV4 is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Toyota
RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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MSRP $23,285 vs $13,995 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 26 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the RAV4 '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 RAV4 's warranty is very limited

Crash Test Ratings

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RAV4
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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 5 stars vs 4 stars The RAV4 is 1.5x safer than the Soul

Safety Features

Toyota
RAV4
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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

Entertainment System

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RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 The RAV4 has an OK number of speakers, while the Soul has very few
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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

Performance

Toyota
RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Horsepower 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 5 The Soul has an OK number of gears, while the RAV4 has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The RAV4 '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 RAV4 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 34.8 ft vs 34.4 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Road Tests

Toyota
RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 9.8 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 120 ft vs 135 ft The RAV4 has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Soul is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.5 s @ 85 mph vs 17.6 s @ 79 mph The RAV4 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Soul 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 114 mph

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