By George Polgar
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Carmakers are hot for the fresh-faced demo.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Father Of Man Who Marked Grim Milestone For Philly Wants Son To Be Remember More Than Number
Noisy, reckless and dangerous hot rods and muscle cars hold less appeal for young buyers, who like their cars like their smart phones – cool, intuitive and functional.
This next gen ethic is big in the 2014 Kia Soul, a significantly updated second edition after 4 years. Along with its dancing Hamster mascots, the Soul has become trimmer outside and more refined throughout.READ MORE: Upper Darby Chiropractor Charged With Sexually Abusing 9-Year-Old Girl During Exam
Though the $15,500 base 1.6-liter engine is 24/30 mpg pokey, an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder…produces 164 horsepower of punchy low-RPM gusto. And now there’s even a new Soul EV electric.
The Kia is spacious with a standard equipment list that includes rear privacy glass, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel with finger-tip audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 6-speaker CD and satellite radio sound system, with an auxiliary audio jack and iPod/USB audio interface.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Business Owners Seeing Uptick In Brazen Thefts
In the Soul+ (plus) edition topping out at $24,000, style and substance comes in two-tone leather, nicely executed faux metallic finishes, an 8” Nav and Audio screen, Panoramic sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and a color morphing ambient light show in the passenger compartment.