2020 Kia Soul vs. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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Safety

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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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Soul and the Trailblazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Soul the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Trailblazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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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 Trailblazer’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 Chevrolet covers the Trailblazer. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Trailblazer ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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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 Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 16 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Soul’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 10 more horsepower (147 vs. 137) than the Trailblazer’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The Soul GT-Line Turbo’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder produces 46 more horsepower (201 vs. 155) and 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 174) than the Trailblazer’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Soul gets better fuel mileage than the Trailblazer FWD:

Soul

Trailblazer

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/35 hwy

29 city/33 hwy

1.3 turbo 3 cyl./Auto

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/33 hwy

28 city/31 hwy

1.2 turbo 3 cyl./Auto

Transmission

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The Soul offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Soul offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is more internally efficient than a CVT but just as easy to drive. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer an SMG.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Soul X-Line/GT-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Trailblazer (235/45R18 vs. 225/60R17).

The Soul LX/S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Trailblazer L’s standard 65 series tires. The Soul X-Line/GT-Line’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Trailblazer RS’ 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

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The Soul is 8.3 inches shorter than the Trailblazer, making the Soul easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Soul has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 7.1 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trailblazer.

Cargo Capacity

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The Soul has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Trailblazer with its rear seat folded (62.1 vs. 54.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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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 Trailblazer 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 Trailblazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

On extremely cold winter days, the Soul GT-Line Turbo’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Soul EX/GT-Line Turbo’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trailblazer’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Soul, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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