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The Soul S/EX/GT-Line’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Soul and the Crosstrek Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Soul comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Soul 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Subaru covers the Crosstrek Hybrid. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Crosstrek Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
There are over 22 percent more Kia dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Soul’s warranty.
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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.
The Soul GT-Line Turbo’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 53 more horsepower (201 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.
The Soul has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Crosstrek Hybrid (14.3 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Soul GT-Line Turbo’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Crosstrek Hybrid:
Soul GT-Line Turbo
For better traction, the Soul X-Line/GT-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Crosstrek Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 225/55R18).
The Soul X-Line/GT-Line’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 55 series tires.
The Soul has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Crosstrek Hybrid; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Soul is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Crosstrek Hybrid.
For better maneuverability, the Soul’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).
The Kia Soul may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 900 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.
The Soul is 10.6 inches shorter than the Crosstrek Hybrid, making the Soul easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Soul has 1.9 inches more rear headroom and 2.1 inches more rear legroom than the Crosstrek Hybrid.
The front step up height for the Soul is 1.3 inches lower than the Crosstrek Hybrid (16.2” vs. 17.5”). The Soul’s rear step up height is .6 inches lower than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (17.4” vs. 18”).
The Soul has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 15.9 cubic feet). The Soul has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat folded (62.1 vs. 43.1 cubic feet).
The Soul uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Crosstrek Hybrid uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
The Soul GT-Line Turbo has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Soul S/EX/GT-Line’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Soul EX/GT-Line Turbo’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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Soul (except LX/S/X-Line) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) on the dashboard. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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