2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Compact Car

2019 Kia Soul

Best Compact Car: 2019 Kia Soul

The 2019 Kia Soul proves that boxy styling is not a passing fad, especially when applied to an economical and reliable little hatchback bristling with personality. It's this staying power -- backed by an affordable price of entry, an outstanding powertrain warranty, and the availability of high-tech driver assists -- that has helped the Kia Soul earn the title of Best Subcompact Car in the 2019 KBB 5-Year Cost to Own awards.

From our Expert Review: "The 2019 Kia Soul is a feature-filled small car as appealing to first-time buyers as it is empty-nesters. Offering good fuel economy, the latest in high-tech audio and driver assists plus an amazingly long standard warranty, the Soul represents an amazing value."

Continues our review: "Despite numerous styling upgrades over the years, the 2019 Kia Soul still shares a common shape with the first-generation car. Front and rear bumpers have changed, with the Soul Plus getting body-color inserts, and the Soul Exclaim getting black. The Exclaim also distinguishes itself from its non-turbo mates with 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, HID headlights and LED fog lights -- updating an exterior already known for a quirky blend of function and fashion. The upright styling offers good cargo and passenger space, and the distinctive vertical taillights are practically the car's signature. The Soul EV has a front charge port tucked neatly away behind a solid grille in front."

The price of admission? The 2019 Kia Soul starts at an attractive $16,490, plus a destination charge of $940. While that low MSRP contributes to the Soul's winning 5-Year Cost to Own rating, so do its low maintenance costs, excellent warranty and good resale values.

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as of January 1, 2019

2nd Place Finisher: 2019 Hyundai Veloster

2019 Hyundai Veloster
5-Year Cost to Own: $29,480
as of January 1, 2019

Uniquely styled and fun, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster attracts young buyers to the brand, aided by its excellent warranty and 5-Year Cost to Own rating.

3rd Place Finisher: 2019 Hyundai Elantra

2019 Hyundai Elantra
5-Year Cost to Own: $29,902
as of January 1, 2019

The handsomely restyled 2019 Hyundai Elantra commands attention, blessed with class-above interior materials, a superb warranty and an enviably low 5-Year Cost to Own rating.

Other Category Winners

See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2018 | 2017 | 2016
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