2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Compact Car
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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2nd Place Finisher: 2019 Hyundai Veloster
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
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
- Best Subcompact SUV/Crossover
- Best Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (2-Row)
- Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (3-Row)
- Best Off-Road SUV/Crossover
- Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Subcompact SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (2-Row)
- Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (3-Row)
- Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover