Soul's IP covered in soft-touch material, an upgrade from previously hard-plastic IP in first-gen model.
Unusually shaped components on driver's door lend spice to Soul's cabin.
Soul gets bonus safety points for three adjusting head restraints in rear seat.
Speakers cleverly sit atop air vents at far ends of '14 Soul's instrument panel.
Lime-green stitching present throughout interior, including on leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Large buttons, both physical and virtual, make for an easy-to-use interface.
Steering-wheel buttons make trip info easy to access and reset.
Lit door speakers transition between blue, green, yellow and red.
Piano-black trim controversial with our judges, but restrained use helps give Soul win.
Soul surprisingly roomy for small car, with generous legroom in rear.
Kia's Soul makes this year's list thanks to features and materials one wouldn't expect to find in a sub-$25,000 vehicle. It also boasts high levels of comfort and safety. (See related story: Kia Sells Its Soul for Best Interior.)
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