Base price: $14,400
If those cartoon hamsters in Kia's
TV commercials for the Soul like this small wagon, shorter human drivers should enjoy it, too.
"It's immediately obvious when you look at that Soul that it's got fairly big greenhouse, with a tall windshield and tall, upright side windows," Clarke says. "Visibility is excellent, and it should be very easy for shorter drivers to see out of the Soul's cabin."
Clarke says the Soul also offers both short and taller drivers a roomy cabin, a modest price and "very good, distinctive styling. It's got that boxy shape that you don't see very often."
Under the hood, the 2013 Soul comes standard with a 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine and manual transmission -- a combination that delivers an estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Another bonus: Kia's industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. You should also look for a completely redesigned 2014 Soul to begin hitting dealer showrooms this fall, starting at $14,700.