2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Kia Soul Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Horsepower

  141 hp

Engine Torque

  127 ft-lbs.


2018 Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul

Horsepower

  130 hp

Engine Torque

  118 ft-lbs.

2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Kia Soul

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Before the entire concept of the compact SUV or the crossover was popular, the Honda CR-V appeared for the 1997 model year. Unlike other SUVs, it was smaller, comparatively less expensive, more user-friendly, and drove like a four-door sedan. Couple those attributes with Honda’s long history of reliability, and you have a vehicle that has reigned over the compact crossover SUV segment for two decades. Granted, several cars have since emerged to challenge the CR-V’s supremacy. The Kia Soul is one of the more formidable ones. With an attractive styling that borrows design cues from the SUV and the wagon, as well as a fun-to-drive personality, the Soul has been a consistent bestseller and critical darling since its 2009 debut. And with the 2018 model year, it is still a worthy rival. Ultimately, though, it’s best that you go with the 2018 Honda CR-V over the 2018 Kia Soul. Here’s why:

Interior Space

While the 2018 Honda CR-V, like previous iterations, is designed and classified as a compact crossover SUV, the Kia Soul was formerly compact size. It was reduced to subcompact size with the introduction of the second-generation model in 2014; previously, it shared the same classification with the Kia Sportage. The shrinkage shows in the amount of interior space the Soul offers in comparison with the CR-V. Although both vehicles have two rows of seats for accommodating up to five people, the CR-V provides a passenger volume of 105.9 cubic feet while the Soul supplies 101 cubic feet (4.9 less cubic feet). This difference in interior space extends to the cargo volume, which is the space between the rear seats and the tailgate reserved for luggage. On the CR-V, it is measured at 39.2 cubic feet and is expandable to 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. On the Soul, you will get a standard cargo space of 24.2 cubic feet (15 less cubic feet) - and that’s without the cargo tray, which shrinks it to 18.8 cubic feet. Even at the maximum cargo volume of 61.3 cubic feet, that’s 14.5 cubic feet less than what the CR-V provides.

Combined Fuel Economy

The Honda CR-V has always been known for its high level of fuel efficiency, and the 2018 edition is no exception. Combining a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine, a continuously variable transmission, and front-wheel drive provides a peak combined fuel economy of 31 mpg. On the 2018 Kia Soul, expect up to 28 mpg, which is 3 mpg short of the CR-V’s peak.

Drivetrain

In a sense, the 2018 Kia Soul follows the drivetrain format of most passenger cars and minivans by only being available as a front-engine front-wheel-drive vehicle. So, you don’t have the option of enhancing handling ability or traction control by going for a different drivetrain. On the 2018 Honda CR-V, however, you will definitely have the option of sticking with the standard front-wheel drive for helping to maximize fuel economy or opting for an all-wheel-drive system for being better equipped to deal with wheel slippage. As opposed to front-wheel drive, which involves engine power being sent to just the front wheels, all-wheel drive has engine power funneled to all wheels to compensate for any wheel that slips on surfaces compromised by rain, snow, or ice. The result is an increased ability to combat or reduce the loss of traction: something that front-wheel drive can’t offer.

To check out the 2018 Honda CR-V, rather than the 2018 Kia Soul, come check us out at our Richardson, Texas dealership. As evidenced by sparkling aggregated reviews on online platforms such as Google, Cars.com, and DealerRater.com, we are the premier Honda dealer in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our sales specialists, who will have the time and expertise to steer you into the vehicle that meets your preferences or specifications.


* 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX with CVT model. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX with CVT model. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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