2022 Kia Soul Changes Add Tech, Eliminate Stick

Christian Wardlaw | Jun 22, 2021

Kia has announced changes to the 2022 Soul, a personality-infused multi-purpose vehicle that the automaker markets as a small crossover SUV.

2022 Kia Soul Red Front Quarter View

If you’re of a “save the manuals” or a frugal mindset, get thee to a Kia dealership as soon as is possible because the company is canceling the LX trim level’s standard 6-speed manual gearbox. Along with it, so goes the Soul’s $18,765 base price (including destination charges). Now, the 2022 Soul LX comes with a continuously variable transmission as standard equipment, and the least expensive model starts at $20,365 (including destination).

The Soul LX also adds a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system for 2022, while all other versions of the Soul get a standard 10.25-inch touch-sensing display with a navigation system. Additional standard equipment for all trims except the LX includes dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button engine starting, wireless smartphone charging, and dual USB ports.

Kia ensures all versions of the 2022 Soul provide access to essential advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). The new LX Technology Package installs 16-inch aluminum wheels plus:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Lane-change assistance
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic warning
  • Driver monitoring system

Lastly, Kia cancels the Sparkling Silver exterior color in favor of Steel Gray and adds its new logo design to the hood, liftgate, and wheel center caps.

The 2022 Kia Soul comes in LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, and EX trim levels, all equipped with a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Additionally, a Turbo model tops the lineup and features a 201-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. You’ll find 2022 Kia Soul prices range from $20,365 to $28,965, including the destination charge, and the vehicle goes on sale during the second half of 2021.

Kia is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on June 22, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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