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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 New York Auto Show in New York City.
Kia Soul

What is it? Two years after the launch of the funky Kia Soul, the carmaker has updated their small hatchback with more power and what is promised to be better fuel economy. A new, 1.6-liter, 135 horsepower engine gets direct injection and Kia says it will be good for 34 mpg on the highway when paired with a new six-speed manual transmission. A new six-speed automatic is also available. For drivers seeking more power, a 160-hp, 2,0-liter turbocharged four cylinder will also be offered. (The current Soul is offered with a 122-hp and 142-hp engines, and its best highway EPA-rated fuel economy is 31 mpg.)

Styling is updated with a new hood, bumpers, and projector headlights with LED running lights. Inside, the Soul gets an available new communication and infotainment system, an optional leather interior, and other new bits.

What’s new or notable? Like so many evolving models, the Soul nudges upscale with more features and amenities.

When will it be available? Fall 2011

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