“Yo Vinnie! Waddya Drivin’ This Week?” is a first look/first impression of the review vehicle I am driving this week for a future “Drivetime Road Test” auto review.

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Looks like it is time for the Kia Hamsters to get a new home as this will be the last model of the first generation Soul. Kia’s excellent econo-box on wheels will be all new for 2014 and judging by what I saw at the New York International Auto Show in March it should be every bit as good as the current edition.

The last  road test of the Soul just reinforces why it is such a good vehicle. Roomy, funky, great on gas and not like everything else out there, the Soul serves its purpose of being an urban hauler of stuff and folks quite well and at a price point — less than $20,000 — that doesn’t break the bank for college students or second car shoppers alike.

Kia has made the outside power folding mirrors standard on the Exclaim as well as freshened up the grille and emblems for 2013, otherwise not much different from my look at the 2012 Soul:   

The 2013 Soul is just as much fun to drive as it was last year. Rolling through the hills surrounding the Mason Dixon Line, the Soul behaved well on the country back roads and was quite comfortable during an extended day of shopping. It also hauled e garage load of garage sale stuff back to Pittsburgh with relative ease.

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The 2014 Soul promises to be a bit bigger, a bit more powerful and a bit more refined and I guess that’s okay. I just hope the Hamsters love it!

2014 Kia Soul at NYIAS Photo Credit Vinnie Richichi

2014 Kia Soul at NYIAS Photo Credit Vinnie Richichi

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