Kia Soul vs Subaru Outback or Crossover

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#1

I am looking for an economical car (buy and drive) with a little room in the back and enough room w 3 adults (occas) in back. Not looking for rugged driving vehicle.

The Soul has better MPG, longer warranty. Smaller for parking.

Is there another car in this range that
Might be a better fit?


#2

These are very different cars. The Outback is larger and more luxurious. It also costs $10,000 more than the Kia. I consider the Soul basic transportation and the Outback a step or two above that. If you can spend over $30,000 fo a new car, the Outback will be more enjoyable over the long haul. If you are looking at used cars, an Outback will be several years older and have a lot more miles. That might change things. How much are you willing to spend?


#3

Why is the OP comparing vehicles in different size and price categories?
If she is considering a vehicle in the size and price category of the Kia Soul, the Subaru model that would be most directly comparable would be the Forester, not, the Outback.


#4

Another case of comparing apples to oranges. As far as I am concerned if economical to buy and operate is mentioned anything with all wheel drive would not be on the list.
I disagree with calling the Soul basic transportation. They are reasonably priced, can be optioned quite nicely and have good warranties.


#5

I’d settle for a basic minivan. Kia and Hyundai both make them. Stay away from All Wheel Drive and large engines.


#6

The Forester or Mazda CX-5 are at the top of my list.


#7

The Forester would work well but a compact hatchback such as the Mazda 3 or Scion im would be worth looking at as well. But most small cars and suv’s are a tight fit for 3 adults in the back even for occasional use. Haven’t tried it with my forester but dad’s 2007 CRV is a bit of a squeeze for three in the back.but doable. The Outback would have more room but wouldn’t be as easy to park compared to the others.

The soul is a great vehicle, one of my co workers just upgraded to a new one from her 10+yr old spectra hatchback. A few others have them as well. all are very happy with them. It fits the size part of the equation but it’ sadly doesn’t get any better mileage than a Forester or CX-5


#8

I have two co-workers that have the Soul and are pretty happy with it, one has another car, a Lexus but uses the Soul for commuting (so it is not like he doesn’t know what a good car is).

I think if the Soul gets the work done for OP, then it is the best option because it is much cheaper than anything else listed.