2020 Kia Soul EV vs. 2019 Toyota Mirai

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Soul EV and the Mirai have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Soul EV comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Mirai’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Soul EV’s electric motor produces 50 more horsepower (201 vs. 151) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 247) than the Mirai’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Soul EV gets better fuel mileage than the Mirai (127 city/101 hwy vs. 67 city/67 hwy MPGe).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Soul EV’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mirai:

Soul EV

Mirai

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.41 inches

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Kia Soul EV has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Mirai has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Soul EV is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the Mirai.

For better maneuverability, the Soul EV’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Mirai’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Kia Soul EV may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Toyota Mirai.

The Soul EV is 2 feet, 3.3 inches shorter than the Mirai, making the Soul EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Soul EV has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Mirai can only carry 4.

The Soul EV has 12.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirai (98 vs. 85.7).

The Soul EV has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom, 5.9 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirai.

Cargo Capacity

The Soul EV has a much larger cargo volume than the Mirai (23 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

The Soul EV’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Mirai doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

The Soul EV’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Mirai’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Soul EV and the Mirai have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Soul EV is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mirai prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Soul EV has a standard rear wiper. The Mirai doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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