Car Review: Road Tripping to Mom 2.0 Summit with the 2013 KIA Soul

By Shannon Gurnee
In Car Review
July 5, 2013

Slide1IMG_9564The 2013 KIA Soul 

This past May, I had the opportunity to finally attend my first Mom 2.0 Summit and it was an amazing event!  I was so excited because it was to be in San Diego, California – which is a long drive for me, but still more affordable than purchasing a plane ticket.  Plus, I had the opportunity to drive a 2013 KIA Soul to the event.  I am in love with KIA cars and this will be my second KIA to test drive (can’t wait to see what other KIAs are in store for me to review)! If you’re looking for the best used car for sale in Spring Lake MI, check out Lakeside Automotive’s inventory.



The KIA Soul not only got good gas mileage (I know this from driving down to San Diego for Mom 2.0 Summit), but is also a lot of fun to drive!  Not once did I have a concern about fitting into a parking spot, driving into a parking garage, or having mechanical problems of any kind.  Plus, it had a sun roof, which is always awesome!


The boys thought it was a fun car to ride in.  They didn’t know I was going to be reviewing it and were really excited to jump into this light green car.  I can honestly say that they think that “mommy has the best job ever!”  Ha ha!  The 3 kids, with 2 booster seats, easily fit in the back seat.

KIA Soul 2

One of my favorite features of the KIA cars that I’ve test driven have been the SIRIUS Radio Stations.  I love them!  In fact, I can tell you that I heard the “Thrift Shop” song a number of times, as well as various songs by Fun, on  the Pop Hits Radio Station.  It was easy to search through and set the stations that are your favorites.  Plus, you can set up the Navigation feature with SIRIUS Traffic.  The SIRIUS Satellite Radio comes with a free 3-month subscription when you purchase a KIA Soul.

KIA Soul 4


Mechanical features of the KIA Soul include:

– 2.0L DOHC CVVT 4-Cylinder Engine
– 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Active Eco System
– Electric Power Steering, and 18″ Tires with Alloy Wheels

KIA Soul 3

Interior features include:

– Air Conditioning
– Power Windows and Door Locks
– AM/FM/CD/MP3 Infinity Audio System
– UVO Powered by Microsoft w/ Rear Camera Display
– USB and Auxiliary Input Jacks
– Bluetooth Wireless Technology
– Multi-Adjustable Front Seats
– 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seats
– Remote Keyless Entry
– Cruise Control and Trip Computer
– Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
– Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Gearshift Knob
– Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
– Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror
– Floor Mats

KIA Soul 5

Exterior features include:

– Power Tilt / Slide Sunroof
– Auto-On/Off Projection Headlights
– Front Fog Lights
– LED Positioning Lights and Tail Lights
– Heather Pwr-Folding Mirrors w/ Turn Signal Indicators
– Privacy Glass

KIA Soul 6

Safety features include:

– Dual Front Advanced Airbags
– Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
– Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags
– Front Active Headlights
– Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) w/ Brake Assist (BAS)
– Traction Control System (TCS)
– Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
– Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
– Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)

KIA Soul 6

Some of the features that I really liked about the KIA Soul were the Heated Front Seats, the Speakers that change colors (either randomly change colors or change colors to the beat of the music), the drink holders in the door, and lots of trunk space.  Check out my video below of the 2013 KIA Soul as I headed to Mom 2.0 Summit.

About Has 2151 Posts

Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

21 Responses to “Car Review: Road Tripping to Mom 2.0 Summit with the 2013 KIA Soul”

  1. How fun! Such a blessing to be given a car to review to make your road trip even better! Looks like the Kia Soul was fun to drive and to ride in!

    I’m pretty sure I don’t have high enough numbers (yet) but can I ask how you began getting cars to review? Did you approach the manufacturer or a local car dealer? Or did they come to you? I will be road tripping to 3 conferences later this year and would LOVE to do a car review for at least 2 of them. Any tips would be much appreicated!

    • Shannon Gosney says:

      Hi Beth – it is definitely an awesome opportunity. I believe I was referred by a blogger who worked with the company for quite some time, plus tweeting and including @Kia, etc. 🙂

  2. I test drove a Kia Soul last year and drove it to a blogging conference with 3 other bloggers and ALL of our stuff. We have wonderful memories in that car. 😉 It was fun to drive!

    • Shannon Gosney says:

      Lolli – that sounds like so much fun! I got to drive around town with Tanya from Mommy Goggles and she owns a Kia and loves it!

  3. I absolutely love the features from the Kia Soul! Love that you can fit three kids in the back seat and still have a bit of room in the very back for luggage or groceries. It is one sweet looking ride!

    • Shannon Gosney says:

      Amber – I totally agree! How many kids fit in a car is one of the first things I look at when looking to purchase or drive a car! The Kia Soul is awesome!

  4. Marysa says:

    Looks like a fun car with a lot of useful features too! I love all those modern conveniences 🙂

  5. Mitch says:

    I want one for when I hoard groceries!

  6. Angela says:

    That looks like such a fun car to drive and a little roomier than I would have guessed.

  7. Meghan says:

    How fun! It’s looks like a fun car and that your whole family had fun! I want to go to Mom 2.0 some day too 🙂

    • Shannon Gosney says:

      Meghan – you should definitely go to Mom 2.0! I had an amazing time and the Kia Soul just made it that much better!

  8. Great review.
    My 3 year old love the Kia Soul we reviewed too.

  9. Jen Medeiros says:

    It’s really cute, I love the two-toned inside!

  10. We loved riding around in this Kia Soul!

  11. […] reviewing various Kia cars and have become a huge fan of the Kia cars.  I test drove the 2013 Kia Soul and LOVED it!  It had speakers that changed colors and went to the beat of music, plus Sirius […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *