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Kia Soul vs. Nissan LEAF

When we compare the Kia Soul to the Nissan LEAF, the Kia Soul has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. The Kia Soul and Nissan LEAF have the same overall quality score base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Kia Soul versus the Nissan LEAF, the Kia Soul is a better car than the Nissan LEAF.

Kia Soul versus Nissan LEAF Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Kia Soul ranges from $14,500 to $22,903 while a used Nissan LEAF from the same model year range is priced between $22,995 to $35,996. For a new model, the Kia Soul's price is between $21,219 and $28,515, with the Nissan LEAF priced between $29,544 and $40,359.

Kia Soul versus Nissan LEAF Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Kia Soul and Nissan LEAF is 8.1 out of 10. This results in the Kia Soul being ranked 2 out of 5 Best Wagons and the Nissan LEAF being ranked 2 out of 15 Best Small Electric Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the base engine of both the Kia Soul and the Nissan LEAF makes 147 horsepower. The Soul is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 472 miles. The LEAF is rated to deliver an average of 123 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 150 miles. The Soul uses regular unleaded, and the LEAF uses electricity.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Kia Soul, a subcompact car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Nissan LEAF, a electric compact car, has the advantage in the areas of front head room and front leg room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Nissan LEAF has higher safety ratings than the Kia Soul, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.38 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Kia Soul has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick award.

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Pricing

New Asking Price:

$21,219 - $28,515

Used Asking Price:

$14,500 - $22,903

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

35.9%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,544 - $40,359

Used Asking Price:

$22,995 - $35,996

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

65.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

8.4 / 10

Safety:

8.4 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

6.6 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 5
2 / 5
4 / 5

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 25
2 / 15
2 / 15
2 / 2
3 / 25
3 / 25

Summary Review

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Summary Review

Nissan’s four-door hatchback Leaf was the original battery-electric vehicle of the modern age. This ground-breaking EV has topped sales charts globally for affordable EVs for years. The Leaf offers many shoppers an attractive package that's hard to ignore.

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Pros and Cons

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Pros and Cons

  • Impressive interior space given its small size
  • Excellent availability nationwide
  • Strong EV commitment from Nissan means widespread service support

  • Limited range on older models
  • Lackluster performance on first-generation cars
  • Safety ratings from IIHS less than stellar

Available Body Styles

Wagon

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Trim Levels

LX, S, EX, GT-Line

Trim Levels

S, SV PLUS

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.38 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque:

132 foot-lbs @ 4500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.051 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp

Torque:

236 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.042 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 33 / 30

MPGe:

Not applicable

Range (city/hwy):

400 / 472 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Battery Size/Capacity :

Not applicable

Maximum Charging Rate:

Not applicable

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

Not Applicable

Engine Configuration:

Not Applicable

Number of Cylinders:

Not Applicable

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not applicable

MPGe:

123 / 99 / 111

Range (city/hwy):

150 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity:

40 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

8 hours (240V)

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

N/A

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.9 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.8 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.7 inches

Cargo Space:

24.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

62.1 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 3rd-row seat folded down:

Not yet available

Overall Interior Volume:

120.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.3 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

52.5 inches

Cargo Space:

23.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

Not applicable

Cargo Space, 3rd-row seat folded down:

Not applicable

Overall Interior Volume:

116.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2888 lbs

Width:

70.9 inches

Height:

63 inches

Length:

165.2 inches

Wheelbase:

102.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.7 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3509 lbs

Width:

70.5 inches

Height:

61.5 inches

Length:

176.4 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.9 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P205/60R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P205/55R16