10 Best 2016 Midsize Cars for Teenagers

1. 2016 Kia Soul

What’s New?

This boxy car has earned a huge following thanks to its flexibility and style. This is the perfect urban car for teenagers and has plenty of benefits, from the bigger wheels to the 8-inch navigation screen. In addition, you can drive off with this well-equipped model at a relatively low price. For 2016, the Kia Soul adds 2 packages: the Designer Collection for the Plus model adds a leather steering wheel, 18-inch wheels, and two-tone exterior paint -either white with a red with a black roof or red roof, while a Convenience Package adds to base models a rearview camera, touchscreen audio, and satellite radio.

Exterior Features

The Kia Soul is well-known for its impressive exterior design. It stands out from a crowd with the fantastic standard exterior features including: chrome and matte black front upper grille, heated rear glass with timer, matte black front and rear bumper inserts, Variable Intermittent windshield wipers, dual body-color power mirrors, rear wiper/washer, locking fuel filler door, 16-inch alloy wheels, multi-reflector headlights, and privacy glass.

Interior Features

Standard features in the new Kia Soul include an auxiliary audio input, a USB port, Bluetooth, a 6-speaker audio system, and satellite radio. Available features include a navigation with an eight-inch touch screen, 4.3-inch touchscreen audio display, UVO infotainment system of Kia that can connect with your smartphone, an Infinity audio system, a rearview camera, HD Radio, a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, and automatic climate control. Lane departure warning and also forward collision warning are new options for 2016.


The above updates set it clear that Kia stays intent on maintaining the Soul as competitive, and the high level of technology stays one of its main selling points. The Soul has continuously been a tech leader, and on top of its modern features for 2016, it comes standard with the six-speaker audio system, a USB input jack, Bluetooth, and the steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. In the Plus model, you can add an optional Infinity audio system with the center speaker and subwoofer. Other options for the Exclaim and Plus models include speaker lights, push-button start, HD Radio, and an automatic climate control.

Engine/ Fuel Efficiency

The front-wheel-drive 2016 Kia Soul is provided with 2 different engines. The base Soul has a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard (including at the hill-start assist function), and a 6-speed automatic is optional. The estimated fuel economy of EPA for the base Soul comes in at 26 MPG combined (24 city/30 highway) with either transmission. Soul+ and ! models feature a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder which produces 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is available. Fuel economy with the 2.0-liter engine is an EPA-estimated 27 MPG combined (24/31 city/highway). The car is ideal for the budget-conscious teenager as it features a better fuel economy and greater performance on all terrains.


Standard safety equipment for each 2016 Kia Soul model includes 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, hill-start assist, side curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, and an active front head restraints. A rearview camera is a standard on the Soul+ and! It is included on the base model with an optional Convenience package. For the Soul! forward collision warning and lane departure warning are optional. The available Uvo service offers roadside and emergency assistance, geo-fencing, stolen vehicle tracking, and speed tracking (enabling parents to set limits for teenaged drivers) and any other smartphone-enabled features available via the Uvo app.

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Posted on May 18, 2023