2020 Kia Soul EV vs. 2020 Toyota Prius Prime

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Soul EV and the Prius Prime 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, rearview cameras, 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 Prius Prime’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Soul EV 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Prius Prime. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Prius Prime ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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 80 more horsepower (201 vs. 121) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 106) than the Prius Prime’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Soul EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 243 miles on a full charge. The Prius Prime can only travel about 25 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Kia Soul EV higher (10 out of 10) than the Toyota Prius Prime (7). This means the Soul EV produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Prius Prime every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Soul EV

Prius Prime

Front Rotors

12 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Soul EV has larger tires than the Prius Prime (215/55R17 vs. 195/65R15).

The Soul EV’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius Prime’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Soul EV has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Prius Prime.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Soul EV is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Prius Prime.

Chassis

The Soul EV is 1 foot, 5.7 inches shorter than the Prius Prime, making the Soul EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Soul EV has 6.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius Prime (98 vs. 91.5).

The Soul EV has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius Prime.

Cargo Capacity

The Soul EV has a much larger cargo volume than the Prius Prime (23 vs. 19.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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

The power windows standard on both the Soul EV and the Prius Prime 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 Prius Prime 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 Prius Prime doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Soul EV has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Prius Prime has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/Limited.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Soul EV has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Soul EV’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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