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Kia Soul, Car Buying, Car Leasing, Hatchback
#48 of 67 Re: East Meadow, NY Kia dealer - thumbs up or down?? [larchmom]
Oct 24, 2011 (1:57 pm)
No, I don't own a Soul nor have I sold it to the devil. I was merely expressing my opinion that while FWD w/traction control is tolerable in winter conditions, AWD makes it a whole lot easier to handle.
My wife has a '12 Elantra (FWD, of course) and I have a '10 Outlander GT (AWD). In winter the Outlander can be driven almost like it's on dry pavement. It handles and accelerates just fine. Braking, of course, can't be helped by AWD so you still have to be an aware driver & allow appropriate distance.
You mentioned in your OP that you had a steep driveway. I would think that AWD would make it much easier to handle when the driveway is slick or there are icy patches (that always seem to elude our best attempts at clearing away).
That said, if you anticipate the vehicle mostly being driven on roads after they've been cleared then AWD wouldn't be necessary.
As to the cost difference, in your area I would think the added cost of AWD would be returned when you sell the vehicle so that's a wash. You're mostly left with the 1-3MPG penalty AWD systems impose over their FWD brothers.
Nov 14, 2011 (10:11 am)
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#50 of 67 2012 Soul+ quote
Nov 19, 2011 (5:26 pm)
I got a quote for 2012 Soul + with Auto transmission of $16,500in the chicagoland area. Is this a good price?
#51 of 67 Good deal?
Nov 28, 2011 (2:01 pm)
Been looking for a kia soul+ for several months now. A local dealer has the one I want with the upgrades I'm looking for. The msrp is 20,070. Sale price I am being offered is 18,978. Based on my online research I believe this to be $300 under invoice. (seems too good to be true) I will be leasing which I have never done before. I am being told the money factor is .00164. The residual is set at 56%15k and 57%12k . Lease is 39 months.
What do you experts think?
#52 of 67 Soul+ pricing in Chicago
Nov 30, 2011 (7:44 am)
Hi, looking at a 2012 Soul+ with interior lighting, wheel locks, floor mats, & automatic for an MSRP of $18545, and the dealer is willing to sell for $16500 + title, license, and taxes and will throw in the iPod cable. Seems like a great price. Just wanted others' thoughts before I sign. Thanks.
#53 of 67 Re: 2012 Soul+ quote [namona]
Nov 30, 2011 (7:51 am)
what other options were on the car? MSRP? I just posted with something similar but had almost $400 in options for the same selling price. Which dealer?
#54 of 67 Re: Soul+ pricing in Chicago [biochemist]
Nov 30, 2011 (7:50 pm)
That seems like an amazing deal. Check prices at truecar.com for details but I think that may be less than invoice.
#55 of 67 Re: Soul+ pricing in Chicago [biochemist]
Nov 30, 2011 (7:56 pm)
I am in Chicago as well. Please share name of dealer to help your neighbors out!
#56 of 67 Re: Soul+ pricing in Chicago [chicagojoe]
Dec 01, 2011 (5:11 am)
I took the TrueCar.com price and then shopped around, with each dealer that I visited willing to undercut the other by several hundred dollars. Truecar price on my vehicle as optioned was around $16889 without mats, interior lighting, and locking wheel nuts. Got it down to $16.5 and thinking of signing on Saturday. I'm wary of Grossinger Kia in Lincolnwood so while they offered that price, I went far to the suburbs. I'm in the Northshore.
#57 of 67 Re: Soul+ pricing in Chicago [biochemist]
Dec 01, 2011 (4:59 pm)
That sounds like a great price. I leveraged True Car back in April on a 2011 Optima. It was a great asset in the negotiation.
Let us all know how it turns out on Saturday!