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2017 Kia Soul vs Honda Civic

If you're in the market for a brand new car, put roomy, stylish compacts - like the 2017 Kia Soul and Honda Civic - on your wish list. Both of these models fit nicely into tight spaces, but, inside, they're never short on passenger space. Which is the better commuter? Which is right for your family? Read on to find out.

2017 Kia Soul vs Honda Civic

Creature Comforts

In the Kia Soul, you can spend hours on the road in cushy comfort. More than that, both rows of seating offer generous head and leg room, treating a cabin full of passengers to an enjoyable ride. In addition to seat comfort, the Soul treats you to impressive ride comfort, with smooth cruising, even on rougher roads.

The Honda Civic is a compact car, so it's not quite as roomy as the Soul, which is a wagon-style compact crossover. However, there's a lot to like about the Civic cabin. Up front, seats are supportive and there are plenty of adjustment options, which make it easy to get comfy at the wheel. In back, you'll find a rear center armrest with cupholders - a convenient extra for family road trips.

Tech Features

In the 2017 Kia Soul, you'll never need to look down at your smartphone. That's because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto display apps like Messages, Phone, and Maps directly on your central touchscreen. That touchscreen also makes life easier with its quick responses and intuitive menus.

The Honda Civic also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you won't miss out on any of the latest smartphone technology. You can even use your phone's Maps app in place of the in-car navigation system. However, Honda's touchscreen interface is a bit finicky. If you're stuck in traffic, you may experience high frustration levels when the touchscreen fails to respond to your requests.


In the Soul, it's safety first. In government crash tests, this compact crossover earned a perfect five stars for overall protection. We also like its high-tech driver aids, including forward collision notification, which give you a heads-up on nearby danger. Before you back out of a space, you can use the rearview camera to spot any pedestrians or runaway grocery carts.

The Honda Civic also earned top marks in government crash tests. We just have one complaint in the safety department. Honda's driver aids can be too quick to cry wolf, alerting you to situations that aren't exactly dangerous.

Power & Performance

The new Honda Civic achieves incredible gas mileage, earning up to 32 city/42 highway mpg. It's also fun to drive, with sharp steering and sporty acceleration. You'll feel equally at home cruising cramped city grids and merging onto highways.

For a compact crossover, the Soul also saves you plenty of money at the pump. Depending on how you configure the powertrain, the Soul earns up to 26/31 mpg. And, if you're looking for turbocharged power, you've come to the right place. The Soul powers around town like a pro, and it sails up the highway with smooth composure.

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If we had to choose between the two, we'd definitely pick the 2017 Kia Soul. For one thing, its sporty crossover style inside and out is sure to turn heads. You'll find the passenger space and comfort you need to get through your everyday commute. With the latest smartphone gear, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and modern safety and premium performance, you can enjoy peace of mind, even in heavy traffic.