The new 2020 Kia Soul is a great choice for an urban commuter looking for an extensive feature list, fun-to-drive attitude, funky styling, and a wagon-based functionality. Other highlights include excellent crash test scores, loads of available features, a long warranty, user-friendly controls, and plenty of passenger and cargo space. Its release date should be expected sometime in the middle of next year, if online rumors are anything to go by.
A death knell for tall, boxy wagons has already been sounded due to the meteoric rise of compact and subcompact crossovers. The new model is now the hyped up version of the dearly departed Nissan Cube and Scion xB and is their official squared torch bearer. The Soul offers a personality and styling that very few cars in those categories an match, as it’s a funky car that combines both the qualities of a compact crossover and those of a tall hatchback.
It is immensely practical and its boxy design affords it more usable space than some small crossovers and hatchbacks. The interior space is voluptuous and even the backseat occupants will find both the head- and leg room ample. Further aback, the cargo space may seem modest but this can be solved by folding the rear seats, which almost triples the volume.
There are plenty of standard and optional features available for the Soul, however, the latter can impact immensely on it price tag especially if you opt for the ventilated and heated front seats, and premium leather upholstery.
Foibles do exist on the 2020 Kia Soul. They include the unexceptional fuel economy ratings that come in somewhere between the compact and subcompact crossovers. The models equipped with 18” wheels have the possibilities of impacting negatively on the ride quality, and, last but not least, is the invasive road noise at speed due to its boxy shape.
2020 Kia Soul – Trims Offered
The five-seat wagon is available in + (Plus), base, and ! (Exclaim).
Exterior Colors & 2020 Kia Soul Interior Review
The base model’s list of features include a rear folding 60/40-split seatbacks, full power accessories, a 4.3” touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an adjustable driver’s seats height, a rear privacy glass, 16” alloy wheels, a cloth upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, automatic headlights, an auxiliary audio jack, a six-speaker sound system, driver-selectable steering settings, satellite and HD radio, and cruise control.
Upgrading to the Soul + trim models gets you everything on the base plus an upgraded cloth upholstery, a gloss black grille, a front seat center armrest, keyless entry, foglights, a more powerful engine, a cargo cover, a rear-seat foldable armrest, and a 12-V power outlet.
Options offered for the Soul + model include a simulated leather cabin trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8” touchscreen interface, Kia’s Uvo eServices infotainment service, an automatic climate control, HD and satellite radio, and upgraded interior accents.
The Soul!, on top of what the Soul + offers, adds a rearview auto-dimming mirror, power-folding side mirrors, chrome interior accents, an eight-way power driver seat, a leather upholstery, body-colored bumpers and fascia accents. More surprises should be expected on its release date in terms of the features and technologies, packages, and color palette offered.
Options available for the Soul! Include a special leather upholstery, forward collision warning, xenon headlights, a lane-departure warning system, and LED taillights.
2020 Kia Soul Engine Specs
Inspiration for the 2020 Kia Soul is offered by two engines: a base four-cylinder 1.6L engine rated at 130 hp and 118 lbs. ft. of torque, and a 2.0L four-cylinder engine able to churn out 164 horsepower and 151 pounds-ft. of torque.
The base mill is offered with a 6-speed manual transmission system while the 2.0L models are offered with a 6-speed auto transmission system.
The fuel economy estimations for the base model stand at 24/30/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 24/31/27 mpg for the Soul! and + models.
Zipping from 0-60 miles with the Soul! Needs about 8.7 seconds – a rather lackluster acceleration in its segment.
2020 Kia Soul Release Date & Price
A starting MSRP of about $15,800 and $31,950 should be expected for the 2020 Kia Soul and Soul EV respectively. Its release date should be expected in the middle of 2020 .
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New 2020 Honda Odyssey – Release Date and Info
The new 2020 Honda Odyssey continues with its reign as one of the best minivans on the market thanks to the confident handling, a configurable second-row seat, top crash test scores, easy-to-fold third-row seat, and a fuel efficient V6 engine. Its release date has been a source of contention recently but credible sources privy to the latest Odyssey developments says we should expect it in February at the earliest.
Perhaps you and your buddies want are planning for a weekend getaway, but no one wants to double the gasoline bill by taking two cars. More dramatic, lest say that you already have two kids and one on the way. Then your wife calls you to tell you she’s expecting twins! Either way, a befitting vehicle is needed. And in such situations, no other vehicle in the market today would be better suited than the 2020 Odyssey.
It might not offer the sexiest looks, but it’s an awesome choice for a do-it-all vehicle. Although you can still opt for a large three-row crossover SUV, they typically have a cramped backseat and offer a limited cargo volume. A minivan like the Odyssey, on the other hand, offers a voluptuous cargo and passenger space to spare that adults will find comfortable even for those occupying the second- and third-row benches.
It’s not only about space, the newest Odyssey offers plenty of other appealing and compelling features. The cabin is well-trimmed and well-appointed and offers some of the latest technologies even in its basic form. Some of the features include air conditioning, a rearview camera, a power driver seat, cruise control, and an upgraded cloth upholstery. Creature comforts include rear sunshades and rear seat entertainment system, and an intuitive touchscreen interface.
It may be far from being sports car, but the way it drives is another hallmark worth bragging about. It offers a quick acceleration, steers and handles effortlessly, and offers a high fuel economy rating. But even with so many bells and whistles to its name the Odyssey isn’t without faults. They include cumbersome and heavy second-row seats, and a costly price tag relative to what the competition offers.
2020 Honda Odyssey – Available Trims
Six trims – EX, LX, SE, Touring, EX-L, and Touring Elite – are offered for the 2020 Honda Odyssey minivan. The Odyssey hybrid review is covered separately.
Exterior Review & 2020 Honda Odyssey Interior Photos
Some of the standard accessories and features provided for the seven-passenger Odyssey LX model include cruise control, an auxiliary audio input, a USB port, a folding 60/40-split third-row seat, a rear privacy glass, 17” steel wheels, Pandora compatibility, active noise cancellation, an auxiliary audio input, a 7-speaker sound system, an 8” infotainment display, front passenger four-way seat, full power accessories, automatic dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, and a USB port.
Upscale equipment include a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, a regular blind-spot monitor, retractable third-row sunshades, 18” alloy wheels, rear-seat upgraded entertainment system, rear parking sensors, a navigation system, heated and perorated front seats, a 115-V household style power outlet, a chilled storage box, a voice operated navigation system, a power liftgate, driver memory settings, leather seating, satellite radio, a sunroof, and foglights.
2020 Honda Odyssey Engine Specs
Motivation for the 2020 Honda Odyssey is offered by a 3.5L V6 engine good for 248 hp and 250 lbs. ft. of torque. Zipping from 0-60 mph needs 8.0 seconds, according to Honda. A six speed automatic is standard, as is the front wheel drive. You also have an option for an AWD.
Maximum towing capacity offered by a fully loaded Odyssey stands at 3,500 lbs., while the fuel economy are impressive and stand at 28/19/22 mpg on the highway/city/combined.
Price & 2020 Honda Odyssey Release Date
Rumors circling around in the automobile industry allege the new Odyssey minivan will cost around $29,400. As for when it goes for sale, speculations point to a possible February release date, at least for the U.S.A market.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta Release Date, Review and Specs
The new 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a generously sized compact sedan available with appealing specs such as a responsive hybrid powertrain, fuel-efficient turbocharged engines, and a copious trunk and backseat. The Volkswagen Jetta release date should be expected sometime in the second quarter of 2020.
The squishiness here is probably because there’s an elephant in the room. This is because Volkswagen is still in the process of sorting out the mess with its cheating-in-emissions issue. At the time of this writing, however, Volkswagen has indicated its intentions of buying back about 500,000 U.S diesel vehicles which were discovered in September 2015 of having violated emissions rules.
This came after over 600 lawsuits were lodged against Volkswagen. The specifics of the plan are yet to be hammered out. Keep checking back for more updates concerning the same. Aside from the cheating hullabaloo, the new Volkswagen Jetta 2020 gets a new turbocharged 1.4L engine that is capable of churning out 150 horsepower and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. Those looking for more excitement can opt for the GLI’s turbo 2.0L engine.
The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta interior has been improved over the existing model and the automaker says it is now elegant, sophisticated and reeks of comfort. This comes after the existing model was criticized for its spotty appointments. There are lots of value for the money, too, judging by the amount of technologies offered. The cabin and trunk space have also been improved and even backseat occupants can boast of enough head- and legroom.
This year has seen a number of impressive coupes and sedans flock the segment, and the VW Jetta will certainly experience an uphill task in trying to clinch to the top of the segment. Rivals include the “A” rated Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Honda Civic, and Volkswagen’s own Golf.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta Review of Trims
A variety of engines and trim levels are offered for the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid review is sufficiently offered on a separate space elsewhere on this blog, as is the Jetta GLI model.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta Interior & Exterior Redesign
Standard equipment offered for the 1.4 TS Jetta S model include a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, full power accessories, fifteen-inch steel wheels, a telescopic and-tilt steering wheel, a five-inch touchscreen display, height-adjustable steering wheel Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a 6.3” touchscreen display, cloth upholstery, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, a rearview camera, and smartphone app integration.
Upgrading to the Jetta SE gets you a rear seat armrest, heated front seats, a heated windshield washer nozzles, an enhanced Car-Net system, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, driver lumbar adjustments, front center armrest, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, premium vinyl upholstery, a sunroof, and push-button start.
Opting for the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SEL gets you a higher-quality interior, keyless entry and ignition, an eight-speaker Fender audio system, a six-way power driver seat, automatic headlights and wipers, a sunroof, seventeen-inch wheels, vanity mirrors, a cooled glove compartment, and front reading lights.
Although covered separately as previously mentioned, some of the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI specs include a sport-tuned suspension system, eighteen-inch wheels, special styling elements, upgraded brakes, keyless entry and ignition, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, front and rear parking sensors, and the Fender sound system.
The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid tacks on everything the Jetta GLI offers plus an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a trip computer, and extra hybrid-specific styling elements.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta Engine Specs
As already mentioned, the new Volkswagen Jetta 2020 comes with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 152 hp and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. Transmission pairing is done with the five-speed manual that also includes hill-hold assist.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T Sport gets the 175-hp – generating turbocharged 1.8L four-cylinder engine. Those who opt for the Jetta GLI get the four-cylinder 2.0L engine that is credited for offering 217 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque.
Finally, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid comes equipped with a seven-speed automated manual, an electric motor, and 1.4L turbocharged engine. Output is set at 170 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta Release Date & Price
Rumors allege the new Jetta will probably go for sale sometime in the second quarter of 2020 featuring a starting price point of $26,740.
2020 Honda Civic Coupe Release Date, Review and Specs
2020 Honda Civic Coupe – For buyers shopping on tight budgets, the Honda Civic has seemingly been the preferred choice. Not anymore – or so we think – the Civic has evolved from being a small, relatively inexpensive car. For 2020, the new model is sleek, spacious, and gets a turbocharged engine that might spell trouble for inexperienced drivers. The 2020 Honda Civic review offered below should be handy for you if indeed you’re looking to buy one.
2020 Honda Civic Coupe Release Date & Price
Both the pricing and release date details are under wraps as of this writing. However, recent news within the automotive industry has it that the Civic is set to debut sometime this fall with a base price starting from an MSRP of around $19,000.
For buyers looking for a midsize vehicle available in both sedan and coupe body styles, the 2020 Honda Civic is perhaps a logical choice because of some of these reasons: offers lots of passenger and trunk space, excellent fuel economy ratings, exceptional handling and ride dynamics, high-quality stuffed cabin, impressive power from the turbocharged 1.5L engine and numerous safety technologies.
Since I now have your undivided attention, let me refer you back to your Honda Civic 101. The existing generation of the Honda Civic that spanned five years attracted some un-Honda-like controversy the entire period. This was as a result of the mediocre performance that was offered by the Civic during the five year run despite Honda making concerted efforts each year in order to make it better for the subsequent release. The latter two years however saw Honda make a drastic surgery on the Civic that made it better but reclaiming the lost glory has remained an uphill task for Honda. This was further compounded by the fact that the industry was getting an unprecedented growth in the number of fresher and newer models that had improved in leaps and bounds.
Even the existing model – the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe – despite its improved performance and updated interior, hasn’t quite managed to rid itself off the tattered image. The 2020 year model, however, hopes to re-ignite the once revered image the Civic once had. It features lots of updates and styling refreshments that we think Honda should be virtually applauded for.
Its driving mannerisms are sporty and engaging. Its cabin is whisper-quiet even at speed. The 2020 Honda Civic interior materials are updated and look cleaner and more sophisticated especially so for the top-of-the-line models. The interior passenger space is comfortable even for the backseat occupants who more often than not suffer from an after-thought-backseat.
Nowadays, though, there’s quite a significant number of sedans and coupes that offer excellent features for the money. One such vehicle that is amongst our list of “B” rated vehicles is the 2020 Mazda 3. It is an excellent vehicle that offers a strong fuel economy rating, a sleek cabin, and a sporty handling but suffers from a cramped backseat. Others include the Kia Forte, Ford Focus, and the Chevrolet Cruze.
2020 Honda Civic Coupe Interior & Exterior
The 2020 Honda Civic Coupe is available in five trims model ranging from the base LX model to the top-of-the-line Touring model with the LX-P, EX-L and the EX-T slotting in between. Some of the standard features available on the base Civic Coupe LX model include a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, automatic headlights, a USB port, a height-adjustable driver seat, LED daytime running lights/taillights/headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker audio system, a five-inch display, full power accessories, and Pandora connectivity.
The Civic Coupe EX-L model adds all the features above plus dual USB ports, a multi-function trip computer, a seven-inch touchscreen interface, a smartphone app-based infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a rearview camera, split-folding rear seatbacks, variable intermittent wipers, and heated side mirrors.
2020 Honda Civic Coupe Engine Specs
Two engines are offered beneath the hood of the 2020 Honda Civic Coupe. The 2020 Honda Civic Coupe LX, and the LX-P are offered with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at 165 horsepower and 138 lbs. ft. of torque.
Upgrading to either the EX-L, EX-T or the Touring models gets you the 174-horsepower – generating turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine.
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