6. Kia Soul
It's billed as an "urban crossover" and has its own iPad app. So how did it go from commercials featuring beat-bumping hamsters to life as the family grocery getter? Well, it just turned out to be more practical than its youthful exterior implied. Last year, Kia gave the Soul an overdue overhaul that streamlined its front and rear body, kicked its output up to 138 horsepower and improved its efficiency to a combined 31 miles per gallon. The nine-color palate, mix-and-match accent plates and audio and sunroof upgrades remain, but it's the Soul's versatile 60/40 rear seating and 23.7 cubic feet of cargo space (53.4 with the rear seats down) that make it just as likely to head to the family beach vacation as it is to go on a solo surf weekend.
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