2018 Kia Soul vs Honda CR-V

2018 Kia Soul vs Honda CR-V

2018 Kia Soul vs Honda CR-V

In the compact crossover segment, the 2018 Kia Soul and Honda CR-V stand out with their smart safety aids and roomy cabins. Which model should you choose? That depends on what you want out of your ride. Check out our comparison guide to see how these models stack up.

Best Value: 2018 Kia Soul

This was a close competition, but the Soul comes out ahead. That’s because it gives you a great deal on roomy, supportive comfort, with a starting MSRP of only $16,200. By way of comparison, the Honda CR-V starts at $24,250. Best of all, the Soul offers an affordable take on luxury. You can upgrade this crossover to include everything from leather upholstery to Harman Kardon premium audio and still save compared to what you’d spend on a similarly equipped CR-V.

Most in Comfort & Convenience: 2018 Kia Soul

We like the Kia’s features lineup. You can even outfit the base model with luxuries like a 7-inch touchscreen and complete smartphone integration. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are optional on the base model and standard on the mid-grade Plus and high-end Exclaim models. This technology displays smartphone apps on the touchscreen, so you don’t have to look away from traffic.

The CR-V offers similar equipment, but its features lineup depends on which model you select. Advanced smartphone integration is not available for the base model. But, as in the Soul, the base model comes standard with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, so you can make hands-free calls and stream music from devices.

Safest Crossover: 2018 Kia Soul

The 2018 Kia Soul is our pick for passenger safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Soul a 2018 Top Safety Pick+. (http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/kia/soul-4-door-wagon) This title indicates that the Soul achieved top scores in crash and headlight tests. It also earned a rare score of “Superior” for its front crash prevention system, which can automatically hit the brakes to help you avoid danger.

The Honda CR-V is almost equally impressive. The IIHS named this crossover as one of its 2018 Top Safety Picks. The lack of “+” means less-than-perfect headlight performance. However, Honda’s forward collision notification system has also been known to be a bit overprotective, warning you of danger that isn’t there.

Thriftiest Fuel Economy: 2018 Honda CR-V

To save the absolute most at the pump, look to the CR-V. When you upgrade to the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, this compact crossover earns up to 28 city/34 highway mpg. Of course, the Kia Soul also aims to make the most of what you spend on fuel. Its upgraded turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine offers 26/31 mpg.