Fuel-Efficient Wagons: the 2013 Kia Soul vs. the 2013 Subaru Impreza Wagon

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2013 Kia Soul

2013 Kia Soul

Today we are looking at two gas-powered wagons: the 2013 Kia Soul and the 2013 Subaru Impreza Wagon.

2013 Kia Soul

The Kia Soul offers a unique take on the wagon with sharp lines that make it look like something out of the future. In terms of fuel economy, the vehicle is rated at 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway thanks to a 1.6L four-cylinder engine producing 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful four-cylinder engine is available at higher trims, but fuel economy goes down a tad.

Besides its fuel efficiency, the vehicle’s draw is its low starting price of $15,175. Despite its low price, it comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio, and iPod connectivity. Kia clearly has consumers in mind when they built this.

2013 Subaru Impreza Wagon

The 2013 Subaru Impreza Wagon, available at Subaru South Orlando has a higher starting price at $19,165, but does have some advantages over the Kia Soul. First is a higher-powered 2.0L four-cylinder, producing 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. It too gets 25 mpg city, but has a better 33 mpg highway rating. The Subaru wagon also comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it a great choice for people who live in areas with lots of snow. Both vehicles have about the same cargo space and many features, though the Subaru doesn’t come with standard Bluetooth connectivity.

Bottom Line

While our last wagon competition was a clear winner, this one is a bit tougher. If cost is your biggest immediate concern, then you’ll be pleased with the Kia Soul. It’s affordable, stylish, and doesn’t penalize you for its lower cost by skipping on features. On the other hand, drivers interested in fuel economy and performance will want the Subaru Impreza. It’s got more power and many people, myself included, would have a hard time turning away from standard all-wheel drive. If you can’t make up your mind, the easiest way to make a decision is to take both out for a test drive.

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